Bhaina in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhaina only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Bhaina community lives on the fertile plains of Raigarh and Bilaspur districts of Madhya Pradesh. They work as farmers and as laborers. Some of their marriage rituals are betrothal, circumambulation of the sacred pillar, washing of the feet, blessing and giving of gifts, and applying of vermilion. The Saora, Bhuia, Rout, and Lohar communities accept food and water from the Bhaina, who in turn do not accept food and water from them. They receive the services of the Brahmin, barber and washerman. Their literacy rate is quite low. Their principal deity is Nakti Devi. They worship clan deities, village deities like Dulhadeo, Thakur Dec, regional deities and deities of the wider Hindu pantheon.

Ministry Obstacles

Lack of workers willing and able to minister to the unreached communities of India is an obstacle to the progress of the Gospel.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps workers can help the Bhaina become more productive as farmers and livestock producers. Building such bridges of friendship can lead to opportunities to share Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few of the Bhaina have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Please pray for teachers to help these Christians understand clearly what it means to know Christ as Savior and Lord, and to be his disciple.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for a rising literacy rate for the Bhaina, especially for the youth. Pray that parents will understand the importance of providing a good education for their children.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhaina
People Name in Country Bhaina
Population in India 79,000
World Population 79,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bhaina
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16401
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:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chhattisgarh (58,000) Madhya Pradesh (13,000) Odisha (6,000) Maharashtra (2,500)
Goa (20)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chhattisgarh (58,000) Madhya Pradesh (13,000)
Odisha (6,000) Maharashtra (2,500)
Goa (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  24  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chhattisgarhi (36,000) Hindi (31,000) Oriya (5,400) Urdu (1,400)
Sadri (900) Marathi (500) Bhili (400) Khandesi (400)
Nimadi (200) Bagheli (200) Bengali (100) Gondi, Northern (100)
Gujarati (50) Halbi (40) Telugu (20) Konkani, Goan (20)
Korwa Kurux Kannada English
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chhattisgarhi 36,000 Hindi 31,000
Oriya 5,400 Urdu 1,400
Sadri 900 Marathi 500
Bhili 400 Khandesi 400
Nimadi 200 Bagheli 200
Bengali 100 Gondi, Northern 100
Gujarati 50 Halbi 40
Telugu 20 Konkani, Goan 20
Korwa 10 Kurux 10
Kannada 10 English 10
For Primary Language: Chhattisgarhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1904-1952)
New Testament Yes   (2005)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Chhattisgarhi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.46 %
2.12 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.39 %

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  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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