Bhat, Hindu in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


I Am Guilty

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The Bhat are known for 'phakra' (speaking poetically in praise of others). The Bhats are an offshoot of Brahmans, as their name is merely a corruption of the term Brahman. They are mainly a landowning community. They work in temples as priests who sometimes read the Bhagat and Puranas. They worship Tusu and Bhadu and local deities such as Kudra. The Bhat shun manual work. Literacy is very low among the Bhat, particularly among women.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bhat community speaks over 40 languages. Evangelistic and church planting efforts need to accommodate these language subdivisions. The low literacy rate suggests the need for oral communication of the Gospel message.

Outreach Ideas

Christian workers can carry the good news of Jesus to the Bhat community using Gospel films and recordings in the various languages spoken by the community.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Christ today among the Hindu Bhat, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will live a life worthy of their calling in Christ. Pray also for the availability of resources such as Scripture and Gospel recordings.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray each individual in the Bhat community who is capable of making a decision about Christ will be given at least one opportunity to do so. Pray the message will be in the mother tongue of the individual, and will be clearly presented.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhat, Hindu
People Name in Country Bhat, Hindu
Population in Bangladesh 1,900
World Population 1,326,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baghmundi, Bahi Bhati, Bahrot, Baram Bhatt, Batera, Battera, Batterha, Bhaat, Bhaot, Bhat, Bhat Brahman, Bhata, Bhatra, Bhatraju, Bhatrazu, Bhatrose, Bhats, Bhatta Goswami, Bhatu, Biram Bhatt, Bohrot, Brahm Bhatt, Brahma Bhat, Brahmabhat, Brahmabhatta, Brahmbhatt, Chara, Charan, Chare, Dabaut, Darpi, Dasund, Digpal, Jaga, Jagabhat, Jagawa, Jasondhi, Jathikirthulu, Jyotshi, Kanjar, Karvan Bhat, Kavi, Kavi Brahman, Maru, Mary, Naik, Panchakat, Rai, Rai Bhatt, Raj Bhat, Raju, Ramavat, Ramiya, Ramiya Rathor, Ran, Rana, Rao, Rathor, Rathore, Rau, Salui, Salvi, Sivachandi, Sotiya, Swali, Takur, Thakur
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bhat, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16406
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khulna (600) Chittagong (600) Rajshahi (400) Dhaka (200)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khulna (600) Chittagong (600)
Rajshahi (400) Dhaka (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (1,400) Chittagonian (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 1,400 Chittagonian 300

For Main Lanugage: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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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 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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