Biar, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Biar, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Biar (or Bayar) community has two divisions, the Barhariya, who live north of the river Son, and the Dakkinahija, who live south of the river. These in turn are divided into several clans. Spouses are acquired through middlemen. Dowry, both in cash and kind, is given to the bridegroom's father. Vermilion is the symbol of a married woman. Mahadeva is the Biar's special deity. They worship Kali, Deeh and Aminal Devi as village deities. A Guru Bhagi performs the sacred duties of the community. Their major festivals are Ram Navami, Nag Panchami, Dussehra, Diwali, Til Sankranti and Holi.

Ministry Obstacles

Uttar Pradesh, the primary home of the Biar people, has only a relative few Christian believers. Spiritual darkness is very deep.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps Gospel radio in the languages of the Biar people will be widely available in the districts where the Biar live. We need to pray for the resources needed for this. Pray the Biar will be prepared for these broadcasts, to listen and understand.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be a few secret believers among the Biar. If so, they need prayer. May the Holy Spirit be their teacher. Pray they will find each other for purposes of fellowship.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Biar community will hunger to know the one true God, their creator. Pray they won't be satisfied with anything less.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Biar, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Biar, Hindu traditions
Population in India 373,000
World Population 373,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bayar, Bedh, Bhaiya, Biayada, Byadh, Ghodi Kodana
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (356,000) Madhya Pradesh (9,200) Chhattisgarh (6,300) West Bengal (1,200)
Uttarakhand (400) Maharashtra (100)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (356,000) Madhya Pradesh (9,200)
Chhattisgarh (6,300) West Bengal (1,200)
Uttarakhand (400) Maharashtra (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  20  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (181,000) Bhojpuri (168,000) Bagheli (8,900) Chhattisgarhi (2,800)
Bengali (1,300) Garhwali (400) Awadhi (300) Gondi, Northern (70)
Halbi (50) Gujarati (50) Oriya (40) Kurux (40)
Marathi (30) Telugu Korwa Khandesi
Duruwa Bhili English Urdu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 181,000 Bhojpuri 168,000
Bagheli 8,900 Chhattisgarhi 2,800
Bengali 1,300 Garhwali 400
Awadhi 300 Gondi, Northern 70
Halbi 50 Gujarati 50
Oriya 40 Kurux 40
Marathi 30 Telugu 10
Korwa 0 Khandesi 0
Duruwa 0 Bhili 0
English 0 Urdu 0
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.97 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.03 %

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  
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