Bahelia (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
172,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

How the mighty have fallen! The Bahelia people are now Dalits, but they were once high in the Hindu caste system and part of a powerful Rajput army. After a key defeat, they had to hide in the jungles, where they survived by catching birds and animals, honey extraction, all considered inferior jobs. Taking such jobs led to them losing their favorable caste status. Usually landless, many work as day laborers, though they have a tradition of making fans with peacock feathers and selling the birds they catch.

Modern India's development programs are greatly improving the lives of the Bahelia people. They are taking advantage of greater educational opportunities, and their literacy rate is improving, especially for boys. Their health care is also improving.

The Bahelia people live in Uttar Pradesh, a state where very few that follow Christ. They are virtually all Hindu.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will send culturally-sensitive missionaries who will show them the way to the cross.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Bahelia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bahelia (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 172,000
World Population 174,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4 to 5
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ahuliya, Bahelia, Baheliya, Bahila, Baila, Bailia, Boila, Chirimar, बहेलिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16288
ROP3 Code 111413
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
(131,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(18,000)
West Bengal
(12,000)
Chhattisgarh
(8,600)
Uttarakhand
(1,100)
Maharashtra
(400)
Delhi
(400)
Chandigarh
(200)
Haryana
(100)
Punjab
(90)
Odisha
(80)
Tripura
(30)
Himachal Pradesh
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Uttar Pradesh (131,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (18,000)
  West Bengal (12,000)
  Chhattisgarh (8,600)
  Uttarakhand (1,100)
  Maharashtra (400)
  Delhi (400)
  Chandigarh (200)
  Haryana (100)
  Punjab (90)
  Odisha (80)
  Tripura (30)
  Himachal Pradesh (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (116,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
(22,000)
Bengali
(11,000)
Awadhi
(10,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(5,400)
Bhojpuri
(2,700)
Bundeli
(1,100)
Kumaoni
(600)
Braj Bhasha
(400)
Garhwali
(400)
Nimadi
(100)
Odia
(80)
Pahari, Mahasu
(20)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (116,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji (22,000)
  Bengali (11,000)
  Awadhi (10,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (5,400)
  Bhojpuri (2,700)
  Bundeli (1,100)
  Kumaoni (600)
  Braj Bhasha (400)
  Garhwali (400)
  Nimadi (100)
  Odia (80)
  Pahari, Mahasu (20)
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.08 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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