Bagdi in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


I Am Guilty

Source Create International

Introduction / History

Tanvir, a shrewd Hindu Bengali, was bargaining with a Bagdi fisherman. He offered the man, Amit, 50 rupees (US $1.50) for each of his hilsa fish, a great delicacy among Bengali people. Amit replied, "You have a deal. God Shiva gave me good luck with this catch." Later Tanvir told a friend, "When you go to the port, buy your fish from a Bagdi fisherman. They have no idea that the government put a ban on chickens because of the bird flu. This has made the price of fish go way up. Would you believe I made a profit of 250 rupees for each fish I bought from one guy?"

The majority of Bagdi's three million people live in West Bengal. There are 14 Bagdi sub-groups which are even further subdivided. Most of them live by fishing and making fish nets. Some work as agricultural and masonry laborers. Few of them get more than a couple of years of education. However, some are beginning to advance in areas of economics and politics. The practice of Hinduism is a central part of their lives, which involves all rituals associated with birth, marriage and death. There are almost no known believers among the Bagdi people.

The Bagdi peoples are very complicated. Though they are Dalits, many in India believe that the Baghis are the descendants of a union between a Kshatriaya father and a Vaishya mother, both of which are forward castes.

Though the majority of them are involved with farm work, the Bagdi people are associated with fishing and the making of fishing nets. They are almost entirely Hindu.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will cause whole villages of Bagdis to hear and understand that God is their Creator.
* Pray that Bagdis will embrace salvation found in Jesus.
* Pray that soon the Bagdi people will embrace the One whose fishermen disciples became fishers of men for the Almighty One.
* Pray that Bengali believers will reach out to these Hindus.

People Name General Bagdi, Hindu
People Name in Country Bagdi
Population in Bangladesh 79,000
World Population 3,521,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bagadi, Bagri, Bakti, Bangti, Bargakshatriya, Bogada, Byagra Kshatriya, Byagrakshatriya, Duley, Malia Bagdi, Mete
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bagdi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 16281
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khulna (35,000) Dhaka (19,000) Rajshahi (16,000) Chittagong (200)
Barisal (100)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khulna (35,000) Dhaka (19,000)
Rajshahi (16,000) Chittagong (200)
Barisal (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (70,000) Chittagonian (100) Sylheti (80)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 70,000 Chittagonian 100
Sylheti 80

For Main Lanugage: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.77 %
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 %
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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