Bahelia (Hindu traditions) 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

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Bahelia (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Bahelia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bahelia (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 215,000
Population all Countries 218,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Ahuliya; Bahelia; Baheliya; Bahila; Baila; Bailia; Boila; Chirimar; बहेलिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16288
ROP3 Code 111413
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 13
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
169,000
Madhya Pradesh
22,000
Chhattisgarh
10,000
West Bengal
6,800
Uttarakhand
4,200
Maharashtra
500
Delhi
400
Chandigarh
200
Haryana
100
Punjab
100
Odisha
70
Tripura
30
Himachal Pradesh
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 13
  Uttar Pradesh 169,000
  Madhya Pradesh 22,000
  Chhattisgarh 10,000
  West Bengal 6,800
  Uttarakhand 4,200
  Maharashtra 500
  Delhi 400
  Chandigarh 200
  Haryana 100
  Punjab 100
  Odisha 70
  Tripura 30
  Himachal Pradesh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (133,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
19,000
Awadhi
13,000
Chhattisgarhi
5,500
Bengali
5,500
Bhojpuri
3,000
Bundeli
1,500
Kumaoni
700
Garhwali
300
Nimadi
100
Braj Bhasha
70
Odia
70
Pahari, Mahasu
20
Primary Language Hindi (133,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji 19,000
  Awadhi 13,000
  Chhattisgarhi 5,500
  Bengali 5,500
  Bhojpuri 3,000
  Bundeli 1,500
  Kumaoni 700
  Garhwali 300
  Nimadi 100
  Braj Bhasha 70
  Odia 70
  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  (1835-2019)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.89 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more