Mali, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mali are traditionally known as gardeners. The word Mali is derived from the Sanskrit word 'mala' (meaning garland). Many of them are called 'phool' Mali, referring to their well-known occupation of growing flowers.

There is at least one group of Mali from Rajasthan who are considered to have originated from Rajput or warrior tribes and who are of a higher caste.

What are Their Lives Like?

The Mali are industrious workers and are known for their bravery in the disciplined forces.

Generally, they are differentiated according to their occupations. For example, those pursuing gardening are known as Baghban, those who cut and sell grass are called Sasia Mali and those growing flowers are Phool Mali. Many Malis live in towns and keep vegetable or flower gardens in the outskirts.

The Mali are also known for the preparation of 'Maur' or marriage crown both for the bride and the bridegroom at marriages. Marriage is forbidden between members of the same sect or first or second cousins. Unlike some Indian traditions, marriage of widows is permitted.

The dead may be either buried or burnt. In the former case the corpse is laid with the feet to the north.

What are Their Beliefs?

The Mali are mainly Hindus. Devi is their principal deity and marriages are performed in front of this deity. Devi is a local incarnation of 'Maha Kali', the warrior goddess and consort of Shiva. Animals are sacrificed to please her.

What are Their Needs?

The Mali need to know Jesus as their saviour. Devi is believed to require appeasement through offerings and the goddess incites fear among her followers. On the other hand, Jesus is merciful, forgiving and loving.

Prayer Points

* Groups of Christians will regularly pray for the Mali;
* The Holy Spirit will guide Christians to best witness the gospel to the Mali;
* Preachers will be sent to preach the gospel to the Mali; and
* Great signs and wonders will be performed among the Mali to lead many to salvation



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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-19
People Name General Mali, Hindu
People Name in Country Mali, Hindu
Population in India 9,050,000
World Population 9,196,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Malakar, Mar, Marar, Phulmali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Mali, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
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
Hindi (3,207,000) Marathi (2,198,000) Chhattisgarhi (571,000) Oriya (495,000)
Dhundari (395,000) Bengali (316,000) Bhojpuri (259,000) Marwari (235,000)
Khandesi (174,000) Mewari (132,000) Shekhawati (110,000) Haroti: Harauti (104,000)
Gujarati (99,000) Panjabi, Eastern (89,000) Merwari (68,000) Telugu (60,000)
Haryanvi (55,000) Awadhi (48,000) Nimadi (48,000) Assamese (47,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 3,207,000 Marathi 2,198,000
Chhattisgarhi 571,000 Oriya 495,000
Dhundari 395,000 Bengali 316,000
Bhojpuri 259,000 Marwari 235,000
Khandesi 174,000 Mewari 132,000
Shekhawati 110,000 Haroti: Harauti 104,000
Gujarati 99,000 Panjabi, Eastern 89,000
Merwari 68,000 Telugu 60,000
Haryanvi 55,000 Awadhi 48,000
Nimadi 48,000 Assamese 47,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-19

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.99 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
0.00 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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