The word Beldar is derived from two words; "bel" meaning a digging instrument, and "dar" referring to the person who handles it. They are associated with digging and carrying soil in the context of agriculture. Though fewer in number, there are Beldars who are engaged in animal husbandry, small business, industrial work, and unskilled labor.
The Beldar people have their own folk songs and folk-tales. Though they speak in the Baghelkandi dialect at home, most of them also speak Hindi.
Population figures for this Hindu group fluxuates from five figures to almost 2 million. They perceive themselves as part of the low Shudra caste, and others perceive them as being in this category as well. After cremating their dead, they worship the deceased's spirit a year later. There are only about 100 Christ-followers in this people group that lives mainly in Madhya Pradesh, but some live in Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal.
* Pray for Indian missionaries to produce stories and songs in the Beldar traditions that will lead them to seek Jesus Christ.
* Pray for them to have easy access to materials in the Hindi language.
Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Beldar (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Beldar (Hindu traditions)|
|Population in Nepal||2,800|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Bachgotra, Bailwar, Bentkar, Bhujan, Bhujwa, Bilwar, Bunkar, Cetti, Changar, Chauhan, Chetti, Chunar, Chunara, Chunari, Chuncha, Chundollu, Chungar, Chuniyara, Gavandi, Goundi, Govandi, Kannada Balija Naickar, Kannada Naickar, Kannada Naicker, Kannadiya Naicker, Kannadiyar, Karpoora Chetti, Kattautia, Kerebandiyavaru, Lonari, Londhari, Lonia, Lonkar, Lonmali, Lunia, Matadi, Melusakkare, MelusakkareSagara, Melusakkareyavaru, Memar, Mila, Nunari, Nunia, Nuniya Beldar, Nuri, Odavandlu, Rai, Roy, Sagar, Sagara, Sagaravanshadavara, Sagarollu, Sagarvanshadavaru, Sagra, Sonkari, Sunga, Sunkar, Sunkaravandlu, Tamuli, Toreya, Unar, Upasara, Uplan, Uppaliga, Uppaliga Shetti, Uppaligashetty, Uppara, Uppari, Uppilara Naicker, Uppilia, Uppilia Naicker, Uppiliar, Uppiliga Naicker, Uppiliyan, Vethalaikaran, बेलदर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Total States on file:||6|
|Primary Language:||Maithili (2,400 speakers) People group listing|
|Language Code:||mai Ethnologue Listing|
|Written:||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|New Testament||Yes (2010)|
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Maithili|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Good News (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Maithili|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: jivən səndesh|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
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