Beldar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

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. They have also been noted for making bricks and clearing agricultural land.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Madhya Pradesh, but some live in Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal. A smaller number are further east in Bangladesh or further north in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though fewer in number, there are Beldars who are engaged in animal husbandry, small business, industrial work and unskilled labor. Some produce and sell an alcoholic drink. Alcoholism and drug addiction is common among the Beldars. There are Beldars that are doing better economically in major cities. 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 Bengali in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus. After cremating their dead, they worship the deceased's spirit a year later.


What Are Their Needs?

They perceive themselves as part of a lower caste, and others perceive them as being in this category as well. This belief holds them back socially and economically. The few Christian believers among them live in India, not Bangladesh.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Beldar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.

Pray for Indian missionaries to produce stories and songs in the Beldar traditions that will lead them to seek Jesus Christ. Pray for the Beldar people to have easy access to Christian materials in the Hindi language. Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Beldar people in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Beldar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Beldar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation BEL-dar
Population this Country 3,200
Population all Countries 1,973,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 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)
People ID 16375
ROP3 Code 111517
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Janakpur
1,900
Kosi
500
Lumbini
400
Bagmati
300
Sagarmatha
200
Rapti
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Janakpur 1,900
  Kosi 500
  Lumbini 400
  Bagmati 300
  Sagarmatha 200
  Rapti 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (2,400 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
200
Bhojpuri
200
Hindi
40
Magahi
30
Primary Language Maithili (2,400 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 200
  Bhojpuri 200
  Hindi 40
  Magahi 30
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
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 Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Maithili
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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