Christianity and Hinduism are usually known as rival religions in India. A peaceful alternative is visible in their interaction in the context of the Khrist Bhakta movement. It is fascinating as it enables the people from Hindu culture to remain faithful believers in Christ without discarding their loyalty to Hindu culture and even Hindu "religion". However, this new assemblage brings with it fresh challenges to both Christianity and Hinduism.
In this PhD research, the author has inquired the contribution of the Khrist Bhakta movement to inculturation in the field of community building in India. He focuses on Matridham asram at Varanasi where rural Hinduism and the charismatic form of Catholic Christianity meet one another. The author addresses the issues involved in this encounter from a social, cultural, legal, pastoral and theological perspective, which is relevant for all those interested in interreligious and intercultural encounter