Bharia Bhumia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bharia Bhumia only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Bharia Bhumia is a forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribe of Madhya Pradesh. They have various clans which regulate marriage alliances. Some of these clans are Bhardia, Bijaria, Amelia, Bagothia, Pachalia, Thakaria, and Mehania. The Bharia are wage-earners, as most are landless. A part of their livelihood is derived from collecting and selling firewood. Some work as laborers for contractors, while a few work as rickshaw-pullers and errand boys. Some are engaged as sharecroppers and graziers. They worship deities like Hanuman. They also worship most of the Gond deities like Baradeo, Buradeo, and Nagbaba. Their important festivals are Holi, Diwali, Bhujalia, Akhati, Shivratri, and Rakhi. Their literacy rate is very low.

Ministry Obstacles

A low literacy rate suggests that printed presentations of the Gospel will be inadequate for the Bharia community. Stories from scripture, recordings, and videos will all be needed and useful.

Outreach Ideas

Jesus needs to be presented to them as more than just another deity in their pantheon of gods. Pray God's people will relate the story of the One who is above all.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Several in the Bharia community have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Please pray for teachers to be sent to these people, to help them become firmly established as followers of Jesus.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bharia to see the importance of providing a good education for their children. They very much need to raise the literacy rate in their community, and they need to acquire skills to make them employable.

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People Name General Bharia Bhumia
People Name in Country Bharia Bhumia
Population in India 354,000
World Population 354,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bharia, Bhuinhar, Bhuinhar Bhumia, Bhumia, Paliha, Pando'
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bharia Bhumia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16352
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (216,000) Chhattisgarh (124,000) Odisha (11,000) Maharashtra (3,400)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (216,000) Chhattisgarh (124,000)
Odisha (11,000) Maharashtra (3,400)
Languages & Dialects on file:  32  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (169,000) Bharia (135,000) Chhattisgarhi (19,000) Oriya (13,000)
Marathi (2,300) Sadri (2,200) Bundeli (1,800) Gondi, Northern (1,100)
Bhili (500) Santhali (400) Halbi (400) Gujarati (400)
Panjabi, Eastern (300) Kurux (300) Telugu (200) Mundari: Bhumij (200)
Korwa (100) Bengali (90) Kharia (30) Khandesi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 169,000 Bharia 135,000
Chhattisgarhi 19,000 Oriya 13,000
Marathi 2,300 Sadri 2,200
Bundeli 1,800 Gondi, Northern 1,100
Bhili 500 Santhali 400
Halbi 400 Gujarati 400
Panjabi, Eastern 300 Kurux 300
Telugu 200 Mundari: Bhumij 200
Korwa 100 Bengali 90
Kharia 30 Khandesi 30
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 %)
0.11 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.58 %
0.03 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.28 %

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: Joshua Project  
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