Balai, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Balai, Hindu traditions only in India






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Introduction / History

The Balahi are a Scheduled Caste in India. Their name means 'messenger' in Hindi. They are mainly Hindus though there are a few Muslims. They are also called Balai.

The Balahi in Madhya Pradesh eat cereals such as wheat. They are weavers by tradition but now tend to be agricultural laborers. They speak Hindi and read and write Devanagari.

In Rajasthan, the Balahi speak Mewari and Hindi. They use Devanagari. They eat eggs, fish, chicken and pork.

In Maharashtra, the Balahi speak Marathi and they too use Devanagari for reading and writing. They are not vegetarians but they do not eat beef and pork. They have different types of work. Some are carpenters.

In Delhi, the Balahi speak Rajasthani and Hindi. They work for the government and some work privately. Some are plumbers.

The Balahi in Uttar Pradesh speak in Hindi. They are mainly landless. Some work as industrial laborers. Women do housework.

The Balahi generally have a low literacy level so the gospel needs also to be given in oral form.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the Balahi dreams and visions leading them to salvation.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.


Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Balai, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Balai, Hindu traditions
Population in India 2,330,000
World Population 2,330,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bakhoalhai, Balahi, Balai, Bulai, Meghbansi, Meghwal, Mehra
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Balai, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16309
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (1,388,000) Rajasthan (802,000) Delhi (114,000) Maharashtra (16,000)
Chhattisgarh (4,400) Uttar Pradesh (3,500) Odisha (1,700) Uttarakhand (300)
Goa (20)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (1,388,000) Rajasthan (802,000)
Delhi (114,000) Maharashtra (16,000)
Chhattisgarh (4,400) Uttar Pradesh (3,500)
Odisha (1,700) Uttarakhand (300)
Goa (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  23  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (1,519,000) Dhundari (228,000) Nimadi (168,000) Mewari (94,000)
Malvi (85,000) Shekhawati (80,000) Merwari (41,000) Marwari (41,000)
Haroti: Harauti (10,000) Wagdi (3,000) Khandesi (3,000) Chhattisgarhi (2,500)
Oriya (1,600) Panjabi, Eastern (900) Bagri (600) Gujarati (600)
Bundeli (300) Garhwali (200) Kanauji (200) Konkani (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 1,519,000 Dhundari 228,000
Nimadi 168,000 Mewari 94,000
Malvi 85,000 Shekhawati 80,000
Merwari 41,000 Marwari 41,000
Haroti: Harauti 10,000 Wagdi 3,000
Khandesi 3,000 Chhattisgarhi 2,500
Oriya 1,600 Panjabi, Eastern 900
Bagri 600 Gujarati 600
Bundeli 300 Garhwali 200
Kanauji 200 Konkani 100
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.45 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.55 %
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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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