Baria, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Baria are a community primarily in Gujarat, but are also in other states. Mainly a landowning community, agriculture is the traditional as well as present-day occupation of the Baria. Social control is regulated by their caste council. Property is equally divided among the sons, while the house is inherited by the youngest son of the family. Baria women work in the fields and forests, and as laborers in road construction work to supplement the family income. Women wear a golden armlet (kada) and apply spangle (tikki) on their forehead as marriage symbols. Baria worship clan deities on important occasions. They visit shrines and temples of Hindu gods and goddesses and celebrate Janmashtami, Holi, Dhuleti, Raksha Bandhan, Diwasa, Dussehra, Diwali, etc.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition can be expected as Jesus is presented. Workers need to be prayerfully prepared for this.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps Christian workers in other communities will be led to take the good news of Christ to the Baria. Pray they will be obedient to this leading.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no followers of Jesus today among the Baria. Pray the Lord will begin to stir the hearts of many in this community to know the creator God.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Baria will soon be set completely free from superstition and the worship of created things. Spiritual matters are spiritually understood, therefore, pray for the Lord's Spirit to grant understanding.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Baria, Hindu
People Name in Country Baria, Hindu
Population in India 294,000
World Population 297,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baurasi, Beria, Beriah, Boria, Buriro, Koli Baria, Thakarda
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Baria, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati (220,000) Hindi (57,000) Awadhi (9,900) Konkani (3,300)
Kanauji (2,200) Saurashtra (1,800) Bhojpuri (1,100) Garhwali (300)
Kumaoni (200) Bundeli (200) Marathi (100) Nimadi (100)
Bagheli (90) Braj Bhasha (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 220,000 Hindi 57,000
Awadhi 9,900 Konkani 3,300
Kanauji 2,200 Saurashtra 1,800
Bhojpuri 1,100 Garhwali 300
Kumaoni 200 Bundeli 200
Marathi 100 Nimadi 100
Bagheli 90 Braj Bhasha 40
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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