Balija, Hindu in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Balija people are exclusively Hindu and reside as an ethnic minority with only a small political voice in domestic and governmental affairs. They derive their income from a variety of sources. Some trade in bangles, pearls, and salt, while others have turned to areas of cultivation and land ownership. A few have ventured into governmental and medical services. Social life follows along lines of the strict caste system. They may marry outside the clan, but only within their caste. Generally they are not vegetarians and they are allowed to drink alcohol, two factors that indicate a low caste status. Marriages are arranged at birth, and they do not allow widows to remarry. Unlike most Western civilizations, the Balija people bury their dead in a sitting position. Today, all of the Balija people face a Christ-less eternity at the end of their life.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The birth of Jesus Christ in a lonely Jewish village was largely unnoticed by society 2000 years ago. Today He is the hope of all mankind. But, for the Balija people residing in southern India and Bangladesh, His message is still not noticed.

Prayer Points

* Pray that these souls will be allowed to experience true spiritual freedom in Christ.
* Pray that neighboring Christians will take the gospel message to Balija communities

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-23
People Name General Balija, Hindu
People Name in Country Balija, Hindu
Population in Bangladesh 100
World Population 1,520,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ambiga, Balegara, Baliga, Balija Naidu, Besta, Bestala, Bestar, Bholla, Bogam, Boya Bestha, Chetti Balija, Deogarhiya Gond, Gajula, Gangemakkalu, Gavara, Gazula, Gazula Balija, Gazut Balija, Gudem Dasari, Kabbera, Kasba, Kasban, Kasbi, Kasbi Khelna, Kasbin, Khelda, Khelta, Kisbe, Mannur, Munnur, Mutrasi, Naidu, Parivara, Parivarattar, Rajamandir, Siviar, Siviyar, Thogra, Thota Balija, Toreyar, Vaduga, Vaidu, Valia, Varala, Veerasaiva Lingayat
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Balija, Hindu
Ethnic Code AUG06b
People ID 16312
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (60) Sylhet (60)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (60) Sylhet (60)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 100

For Main Lanugage: Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
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  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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