INDIA - Karnataka
MARC ID: 2005. ALTERNATE NAMES: nr. SIZE OF GROUP: 300,000 in Karnataka. LOCATION: Karnataka and concentrations in Bangalore, Bombay, and Delhi. Total 2,400,000 DISTINCTIVES: Religion. SOCIAL CHANGE: nr. LANGUAGES: Hindi. SCRIPTURE: Bible. RECORDINGS: HINDI #26 India; HINDI: Dehati #3956 India. RELIGION: Jain. CHURCHES & MISSIONS: nr. OPENNESS TO RELIGIOUS CHANGE: nr. RECEPTIVITY TO CHRISTIANITY: nr. GROWTH OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: nr. EVANGELISM PROFILE: nr. The following is taken from the 8/5/95 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST Frontier Fellowship, Inc., P.O. Box 90970, Pasadena, CA 91104 PLEAD WITH GOD FOR THE UNREACHED PEOPLES PRAY FOR A STRONG CHURCH AMONG THE 300,000 JAINS OF KARNATAKA BY THE YEAR 2000. "Daddy, look! That man has no clothes on!" The small boy stared in shock at Padmaraj, walking the streets of Bangalore. As a monk in the Digambara sect of Jainism, he is completely indifferent to his body. The boy's father tried to explain to the boy, but how do you explain complicated religious beliefs to a six-year-old with loud traffic blaring in the background? Padmaraj worships the 24 Tirthinkaras, as the Jain prophets are called. It is an accepted custom for people to feed Padmaraj as he walks about teaching others ahimsa, the lack of desire to cause harm to any living thing. There are 3,500,000 followers of Jainism concentrated in Bangalore, Bombay, Ahmadabad and Delhi. Close to 300,000 of these live in Karnataka, where there are many Jain temples and monasteries, and even a pilgrimage site. Jains realize that in this life there is bondage to sin and death. But the spiritual darkness of Jainism lies in the striving to control one's life and eternal destiny through works and introspection. Pray that the Jains will have opportunity to hear the gospel and turn to the Creator, to worship the living God, Jesus Christ, in whom lies true freedom and eternal life. Lord of the Harvest, there have been so few Jains who have accepted Your narrow path. Raise up ambassadors to show them the path to salvation, the one which leads to the cross.