Badhi, Hindu traditions in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

This vegetarian Hindu people group lives in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Different sources give different answers to what their traditional occupation was. Some say that they were once jugglers, and that those in rural areas made stone grinders. Another source says that they were traditionally basket-weavers. Today some work as carpenters, day laborers or as farmers along with their traditional occupations. There are those who have taken to begging for alms. The Badhi people are very poor.

The Badhis follow traditional Hindu practices when it comes to marriage. Families negotiate their marriages, and parents pay a dowry. After the Hindu marriage rituals are performed, the couple is officially married. Tragically, the Badhi people suffer a higher than average divorce rate, and either spouce can seek a divorce. If the wife opts for the divorce, then the bride price must be returned to the groom's family. Divorcees above 30 years of age are not permitted to re-marry.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Badhi people are Hindu, and they focus much of their worship on clan and village deities, especially their patron god, Kalimata.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Badhi people will soon give their full allegiance to Jesus Christ, and forsake all other gods.
* Pray that God will do a miracle in Badhi marriages to demonstrate His loving-kindness for their families.

People Name General Badhi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Badhi, Hindu traditions
Population in Nepal 38,000
World Population 109,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baandhi, Badde, Badhi, Badhi Nagalu, Badi, Badia, Bandi Nagalu, Barwa, Chinaora, Dapad, Jamoria, Kalbelia, Melori, Nagalu, Nat, Odmata, Pirahi, Pirhai, Rehr, Sampheriya, Sapad, Sapela, Sapela Nat, Sapera, Sheikh, Shilpakar, Silpkar Badi, Tamoria, Uranamara
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Seti (8,800) Gandaki (6,200) Bheri (5,500) Rapti (3,600)
Lumbini (3,300) Bagmati (3,300) Kosi (1,900) Mahakali (1,900)
Narayani (1,000) Janakpur (800) Sagarmatha (700) Mechi (400)
Dhawalagiri (300) Karnali (300)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Seti (8,800) Gandaki (6,200)
Bheri (5,500) Rapti (3,600)
Lumbini (3,300) Bagmati (3,300)
Kosi (1,900) Mahakali (1,900)
Narayani (1,000) Janakpur (800)
Sagarmatha (700) Mechi (400)
Dhawalagiri (300) Karnali (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (27,000) Dotyali (5,000) Bhojpuri (3,100) Maithili (1,500)
Awadhi (1,300) Kumaoni (40) Hindi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 27,000 Dotyali 5,000
Bhojpuri 3,100 Maithili 1,500
Awadhi 1,300 Kumaoni 40
For Primary Language: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nepali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Nepali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.15 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.75 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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