Dhimal in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Dhimal live both in Nepal and West Bengal, India. In Nepal, they live in 24 villages of Mechi zone in Jhapa District and 51 villages in Koshi zone, Morang District. Dhimal women are good at weaving and have unique dress among the ethnic peoples of Nepal. Education is almost completely absent among them. A landless people, the traditional occupation of the Dhimal was hunting and gathering. Nowadays, agriculture is their main occupation. They worship nature and household gods, and worship Chaitanya Nityananda as their family deity. They also worship other deities like Buda Thakur, Sadi Buri, and Kali.

Ministry Obstacles

Worldviews are not easily changed. The worldview of Hinduism is very different than the biblical worldview.

Outreach Ideas

The Lord is growing his Church in Nepal. Perhaps one or more Nepali Christians will be led by God's Spirit to take the life-giving message of Christ to the Dhimal community.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few hundred Dhimal believers in Nepal. Please pray these people will be accurately taught the ways of Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the entire Dhimal community will be given a growing desire to find forgiveness for their sin; then may they learn of Christ's sacrifice for that purpose. Pray this message comes to them in ways they understand.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dhimal
People Name in Country Dhimal
Population in Nepal 26,000
World Population 31,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agnia, Dhemal, Dhimar, Jharwa, Maulik
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster South Himalaya
People Name General Dhimal
Ethnic Code MSY50r
People ID 11544
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern Terai, around Jhapa.   Source:  Joshua Project
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kosi (15,000) Mechi (9,000) Sagarmatha (1,100) Bagmati (1,000)
Narayani (200) Seti (90) Janakpur (40) Gandaki (30)
Lumbini (20) Bheri (10)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kosi (15,000) Mechi (9,000)
Sagarmatha (1,100) Bagmati (1,000)
Narayani (200) Seti (90)
Janakpur (40) Gandaki (30)
Lumbini (20) Bheri (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhimal (20,000) Nepali (5,200) Maithili (2,100) Bantawa (80)
Bhojpuri (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dhimal 20,000 Nepali 5,200
Maithili 2,100 Bantawa 80
Bhojpuri 50
For Primary Language: Dhimal

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.15 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.18 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.39 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.29 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: International Mission Board-SBC, Ian Bennett, 2013   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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