Nat, Hindu traditions in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Nat are a community traditionally employed as dancers, singers and acrobats. They are a Scheduled Caste in some states where they live, but not all states. Scheduled Castes receive certain benefits from the government. Today, many in the Nat community are employed in farming and other trades. Both men and women chew betel nuts and tobacco, and drinking alcohol is common. They usually live in hamlets on the outskirts of villages and towns. Hindu Nats worship all the Hindu gods and goddesses, including Rama and Shiva. The Nat in Bihar worship Dack as their main deity, while their regional deity is Goraibaba. Some become hermits and chant the name of Rama, and others are exorcists, healers and fortune tellers.

Ministry Obstacles

The Nat people are spread across the northern portions of the Indian sub-continent, a vast area, with much spiritual opposition to the Christian Gospel.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps some Nai youth will discover the availability of Christian videos and recordings on the web. Pray they will be given an interest and understanding as they view and listen. Pray for Gospel radio to be available, as well.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

The Nat people live not only in Bangladesh, but also in India, Nepal and Pakistan. There are Nats in Bangladesh who have identified themselves as Christian believers, but not so in the other countries. Please pray for the Christians in Bangladesh to be properly instructed in the faith, and not mix the beliefs of Hinduism with the Christian faith.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Nat community will acquire skills to make them employable in reputable trades. The youth need more and better education. Pray that parents will understand the importance of a good education for their children.

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People Name General Nat, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Nat, Hindu traditions
Population in Bangladesh 15,000
World Population 471,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bajania, Bajania Nat, Bajigar, Balija, Bazigar, Bhanmati, Bhanumati, Gulgulia, Kalavanthulu, Kalbelia, Kanphata, Kanphatia, Karnat, Kutchwandh, Nat, Natada, Natavalollu, Nath Jogi, Nathjogi, Nathyogi, Natta, Nattavaru, Nattuvan, Natua, Natuva, Netya, Nut, Parnewala, Rai Nat, Raj Nat, Sanchia, Sapera, Yogi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Nat, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 17763
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (5,700) Barisal (4,300) Dhaka (3,000) Rangpur (1,300)
Rajshahi (400) Khulna (20)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (5,700) Barisal (4,300)
Dhaka (3,000) Rangpur (1,300)
Rajshahi (400) Khulna (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (11,000) Chittagonian (1,700) Sylheti (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 11,000 Chittagonian 1,700
Sylheti 20
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
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.99 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.01 %
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: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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