Bhuinmali in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

"If I had such a beautiful woman in my house, I would cheerfully perform the most menial offices for her." This was definitely the wrong thing to say at the wrong time. This wise-crack was supposedly uttered by a Bhuimali man who was attending a feast hosted by Parvati, the beautiful wife of the Hindu god Siva. Impressed by her beauty and grace, he made this remark, and incurred the wrath of her husband, who is also the Hindu god of destruction. Siva gave this Bhuimali man a beautiful wife, and made him spend his days as her sweeper. Becoming a sweeper meant that the Bhuimali people were demoted, so to speak, from the low caste Sudras, to being outside the caste system. That is their traditional explanation for why they are now a scheduled caste.

Where Are they Located?

The Bhuimalis are mainly a landless agricultural group, though some work for government agencies. They are from the Bengali cluster of people groups. Most of them live in India's West Bengal state, though others live scattered throughout the smaller northeastern states.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhuimali people are Hindus who focus their worship on Hindu gods. Surprisingly, Siva is still one of the gods they worship. Local priest perform rituals and sacrifices for them.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to the Bhuimalis, and give them the understanding that they have the dignity of being created in the image of God.
* Pray that they will soon worship the God of Creation only, and put their full trust in Jesus Christ.


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

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People Name General Bhuinmali
People Name in Country Bhuinmali
Population in India 184,000
World Population 295,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhisunder, Bhuimali, Bhuinya, Bhuisundar, Malakar, Mali, Siddiputra
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bhuinmali
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 16426
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:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (101,000) Assam (81,000) Tripura (700) Meghalaya (400)
Andaman and Nicobar (300) Maharashtra (200) Nagaland (100) Arunachal Pradesh (100)
Delhi (100) Mizoram (40) Punjab (20) Himachal Pradesh (20)
Madhya Pradesh (10)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (101,000) Assam (81,000)
Tripura (700) Meghalaya (400)
Andaman and Nicobar (300) Maharashtra (200)
Nagaland (100) Arunachal Pradesh (100)
Delhi (100) Mizoram (40)
Punjab (20) Himachal Pradesh (20)
Madhya Pradesh (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (115,000) Assamese (58,000) Hindi (4,000) Amri Karbi (1,400)
Sadri (900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 115,000 Assamese 58,000
Hindi 4,000 Amri Karbi 1,400
Sadri 900
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
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Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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0.0 %
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Other Christian
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0.0 %
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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