Beldar, Hindu in India

Population

1,797,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

The word Beldar is derived from two words; "bel" meaning a digging instrument, and "dar" referring to the person who handles it. They are associated with digging and carrying soil in the context of agriculture. Though fewer in number, there are Beldars who are engaged in animal husbandry, small business, industrial work, and unskilled labor.

The Beldar people have their own folk songs and folk-tales. Though they speak in the Baghelkandi dialect at home, most of them also speak Hindi.


Where are they Located?

Population figures for this Hindu group fluxuates from five figures to almost 2 million. They perceive themselves as part of the low Shudra caste, and others perceive them as being in this category as well. After cremating their dead, they worship the deceased's spirit a year later. There are only about 100 Christ-followers in this people group that lives mainly in Madhya Pradesh, but some live in Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Indian missionaries to produce stories and songs in the Beldar traditions that will lead them to seek Jesus Christ.
* Pray for them to have easy access to materials in the Hindi language.

References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Beldar, Hindu
People Name in Country Beldar, Hindu
ROP3 Code 111517
Joshua Project People ID 16375
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 1,797,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bachgotra, Bentkar, Bhujan, Bhujwa, Bunkar, Changar, Chauhan, Chunar, Chunara, Chunari, Chuncha, Gavandi, Goundi, Govandi, Kannada Naicker, Karpoora Chetti, Kattautia, Lonari, Londhari, Lonkar, Lonmali, Lunia, Matadi, Melusakkare, MelusakkareSagara, Memar, Mila, Nunari, Nunia, Nuri, Odavandlu, Rai, Roy, Sagar, Sagara, Sagaravanshadavara, Sagarollu, Sagra, Sonkari, Sunga, Sunkar, Sunkaravandlu, Toreya, Unar, Upasara, Uplan, Uppaliga Shetti, Uppara, Uppari, Uppilara Naicker, Uppiliga Naicker, Uppiliyan,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 628,320 Hindi 404,865 Telugu 264,940 Marathi 197,591
Tamil 115,595 Bhojpuri 96,010 Magahi 95,760 Maithili 38,030
Marwari 17,830 Awadhi 15,330 Konkani 14,600 Bengali 10,064
Gujarati 8,080 Konkani, Goan 7,450 Tulu 7,120 Chhattisgarhi 6,353
Ahirani 5,230 Bundeli 3,190 Nimadi 2,960 Khandesi 2,390
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Beldar, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN23a
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.62%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.38%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Photo Source: India Missions Association Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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