Bedia, Hindu in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



One source considers "Bediya" to be the generic name of a number of vagrant, gypsy-like groups. Traditionally, a large section of the Bedia were reported to be earning a livelihood from prostitution and dancing, however, this has largely been discontinued. The Bedia worship deities like Thakur, Shiva, Parvati, Hanuman, Chamunda, Kali and Sitala and Khermata (a local deity).

Ministry Obstacles

Giving up allegiance to personal deities may be threatening.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to emphasize the person and work of Jesus to the Bedia community, showing his goodness to them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Bedia will have pastors and teachers to help them grow to become faithful disciples. Pray they will be taught accurately and well.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Bedia will make schooling a priority for their children, and will be able to improve their standard of living.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedia, Hindu
People Name in Country Bedia, Hindu
Population in Nepal 20,000
World Population 554,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abdal, Abdul, Baddi, Badia, Beda, Bedda, Bedia Kudmi, Bediya, Benia, Berai, Berani, Beria, Beriya, Bhantu, Bhedyargaderi, Chhoto Bedia, Choto Kudmi, Dafali, Hashmi Saudagar, Mangal, Osthan, Paturia, San Bedia, San Kudmi, Shilpakar, Shilpkar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bedia, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16367
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone..   Source:
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (9,200) Janakpur (4,600) Kosi (2,500) Rapti (1,900)
Sagarmatha (1,800) Narayani (1,100) Bheri (400) Seti (300)
Bagmati (90) Mahakali (40) Mechi (30)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (9,200) Janakpur (4,600)
Kosi (2,500) Rapti (1,900)
Sagarmatha (1,800) Narayani (1,100)
Bheri (400) Seti (300)
Bagmati (90) Mahakali (40)
Mechi (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (8,000) Bhojpuri (7,400) Nepali (5,400) Awadhi (700)
Hindi (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 8,000 Bhojpuri 7,400
Nepali 5,400 Awadhi 700
Hindi 100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.77 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.18 %
Photo Source: Rachel Flynn  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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