Balija (Hindu traditions) in India

The Balija (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
1,701,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Balija people are exclusively Hindu and reside as an ethnic minority with only a small political voice in domestic and governmental affairs. They derive their income from a variety of sources. Some trade in bangles, pearls, and salt, while others have turned to areas of cultivation and land ownership. A few have ventured into governmental and medical services. Social life follows along lines of the strict caste system. They may marry outside the clan, but only within their caste. Generally they are not vegetarians and they are allowed to drink alcohol, two factors that indicate a low caste status. Marriages are arranged at birth, and they do not allow widows to remarry. Unlike most Western civilizations, the Balija people bury their dead in a sitting position. Today, all of the Balija people face a Christ-less eternity at the end of their life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The birth of Jesus Christ in a lonely Jewish village was largely unnoticed by society 2000 years ago. Today He is the hope of all mankind. But, for the Balija people residing in southern India and Bangladesh, His message is still not noticed.


Prayer Points

* Pray that these souls will be allowed to experience true spiritual freedom in Christ.
* Pray that neighboring Christians will take the gospel message to Balija communities


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-06
People Name General Balija (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Balija (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 1,701,000
World Population 1,701,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 34
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ambiga, Balegara, Baliga, Balija Naidu, Besta, Bestala, Bestar, Bholla, Bogam, Boya Bestha, Chetti Balija, Deogarhiya Gond, Gajula, Gangemakkalu, Gavara, Gazula, Gazula Balija, Gazut Balija, Gudem Dasari, Kabbera, Kasba, Kasban, Kasbi, Kasbi Khelna, Kasbin, Khelda, Khelta, Kisbe, Mannur, Munnur, Mutrasi, Naidu, Parivara, Parivarattar, Rajamandir, Siviar, Siviyar, Thogra, Thota Balija, Toreyar, Vaduga, Vaidu, Valia, Varala, Veerasaiva Lingayat, बलिजा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16312
ROP3 Code 111442
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Karnataka
(992,000)
Telangana
(309,000)
Tamil Nadu
(230,000)
Odisha
(81,000)
Maharashtra
(46,000)
Chhattisgarh
(23,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(11,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(5,600)
Kerala
(1,700)
Jharkhand
(700)
Delhi
(400)
Bihar
(300)
Gujarat
(300)
Goa
(300)
Chandigarh
(70)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 20
  Karnataka (992,000)
  Telangana (309,000)
  Tamil Nadu (230,000)
  Odisha (81,000)
  Maharashtra (46,000)
  Chhattisgarh (23,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (11,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (5,600)
  Kerala (1,700)
  Jharkhand (700)
  Delhi (400)
  Bihar (300)
  Gujarat (300)
  Goa (300)
  Chandigarh (70)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (789,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Telugu
(786,000)
Tamil
(80,000)
Odia
(21,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(4,500)
Tulu
(3,700)
Konkani
(2,200)
Marathi
(1,500)
Konkani, Goan
(1,500)
Gondi, Northern
(1,500)
Hindi
(700)
Kurux
(200)
Kui
(200)
People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (789,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Telugu (786,000)
  Tamil (80,000)
  Odia (21,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (4,500)
  Tulu (3,700)
  Konkani (2,200)
  Marathi (1,500)
  Konkani, Goan (1,500)
  Gondi, Northern (1,500)
  Hindi (700)
  Kurux (200)
  Kui (200)
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.01 %
Unknown
0.02 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  India Missions Association  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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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