Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India

The Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The word Mehtar means prince or leader. The Mehtar are a Scheduled Caste. Their traditional work is scavenging and sweeping. Many of them still do this kind of work. In Andhra Pradesh the Mehtar speak Hindi and Telugu. In Karnataka the Mehtar speak Hindi and Kannada. In Bihar they speak Hindi and Angika.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many are still sweepers or scavengers, two of the least prestigious occupations in the Hindu world. Some of them work for the government. Though their education level is improving it is still low. They often marry their cousins.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mehtar people need the opportunity to be reconciled to Almighty God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India.

* Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for truth that will lead them to Jesus. * Pray for workers to go to them. * Pray for a powerful disciple making movement among this community. * Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
People Name in Country Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
Population this Country 128,000
Population all Countries 128,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Chuhra; Halalkhor; Malkana; Malkana Mehtar; Mehtar; Melkana Mehtar; Olgana; Rukhi
People ID 21471
ROP3 Code 118287
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Gujarat
25,000
Maharashtra
24,000
Madhya Pradesh
22,000
Rajasthan
17,000
Bihar
9,500
Assam
8,900
Uttar Pradesh
6,100
Chhattisgarh
4,600
Uttarakhand
4,400
Jharkhand
2,500
Odisha
2,400
Meghalaya
600
Karnataka
500
Telangana
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Gujarat 25,000
  Maharashtra 24,000
  Madhya Pradesh 22,000
  Rajasthan 17,000
  Bihar 9,500
  Assam 8,900
  Uttar Pradesh 6,100
  Chhattisgarh 4,600
  Uttarakhand 4,400
  Jharkhand 2,500
  Odisha 2,400
  Meghalaya 600
  Karnataka 500
  Telangana 200
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (70,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
20,000
Marathi
6,900
Assamese
6,400
Merwari
4,800
Dhundari
3,300
Chhattisgarhi
2,800
Odia
2,500
Bengali
2,200
Malvi
1,000
Shekhawati
900
Maithili
800
Kumaoni
800
Garhwali
700
Konkani
600
Bhojpuri
600
Primary Language Hindi (70,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 20,000
  Marathi 6,900
  Assamese 6,400
  Merwari 4,800
  Dhundari 3,300
  Chhattisgarhi 2,800
  Odia 2,500
  Bengali 2,200
  Malvi 1,000
  Shekhawati 900
  Maithili 800
  Kumaoni 800
  Garhwali 700
  Konkani 600
  Bhojpuri 600
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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.86 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.75 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.29 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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