Bishnupuria in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bishnupriya (Manipuri) are a 100% Hindu community living in the northeastern corner of Bangladesh mostly in the Moulvibazar district of Sylhet division. They point to Manipur state of India as their homeland, and they still have a majority of their people in various northeastern states of India. They are mostly farmers, though their younger generations are becoming increasingly more educated and looking for other opportunities. They are very proud of their culture/religion, and are well-known in Bangladesh for their dances; their identity is very much tied to their Hindu culture/religion. Largely because of this, there is still not a single known Christian among the Bishnupriya in Bangladesh. Missionary activity among them has been and is limited because of their belief that to be Bishnupriya is to be Hindu. Outsiders trying to spread the gospel are not tolerated, and individuals may resist the gospel for fear that they will lose their place in the Bishnupriya society if they become Christians. Still, because of the Bishnupriya community's desire for development and aid, missionaries can easily gain access to the community by engaging them in the social, economic, and health sectors. Going beyond merely providing aid may prove
difficult, however.

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People Name General Bishnupuria
People Name in Country Bishnupuria
Population in Bangladesh 13,000
World Population 104,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Assamese
People Name General Bishnupuria
Ethnic Code CNN25a
People ID 20209
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (11,000) Chittagong (2,100)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (11,000) Chittagong (2,100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bishnupriya (13,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bishnupriya 13,000
For Primary Language: Bishnupriya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1995)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.16 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
86.73 %
3.63 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
9.48 %
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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