Bhanumati in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhanumati only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 6,700 Bhanumatis were traditionally magicians and tight-rope walkers. Through the years they lost the financial patronage from feudal chiefs. Today they are engaged in both agricultural and non-agricultural work. Women often work as day laborers, but sadly, it is very common for unmarried Bhanumati girls to engage in prostitution. Though this line of "work" is socially approved in their communities, they pay a high price for it. Bhanumati prostitutes must live in separate houses with their illegitimate children. Only midwifes from their own community will deliver babies born to prostitutes, since women from other communities will not deliver an illegitimate child.

Among their own community, they speak Malvi, but they use Hindi when communicating with outsiders. They have less contact with other communities than most Dalit groups.

Where Are they Located?

Though they are from the Rajasthani people group cluster, most of them live either in Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh than in the state of Rajasthan.

Prayer Points

Their isolation from other communities may prove to be a challenge to taking the gospel to them. Pray for the Lord to make a way for Bhanumati people to find and embrace their true Savior.


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

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People Name General Bhanumati
People Name in Country Bhanumati
Population in India 6,900
World Population 6,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bhanumati
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 16485
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:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (4,600) Chhattisgarh (1,800) Rajasthan (600)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (4,600) Chhattisgarh (1,800)
Rajasthan (600)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (5,300) Chhattisgarhi (1,100) Malvi (400) Nimadi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 5,300 Chhattisgarhi 1,100
Malvi 400 Nimadi 30
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
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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