Binjhal in India

The Binjhal have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

According to one legend of many, the Binjhal name came from two words which combined meant without sweat. The Binjhal people are a scheduled caste that at some time in the past migrated from Madhya Pradesh to Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Many still live in Madhya Pradesh. They speak in a dialect of Oriya. They have many clans.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some are landowners while others are agricultural day laborers. They have a low literacy level so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form. They are noted for being fighters. Binjhal families are nuclear. They are patrilinear, meaning that they go by the father's family line. Most marriages are arranged by the families, and it's common for them to marry their cousins. Sometimes a couple will elope and other times there is "marriage by capture," where there is a mock capturing of the bride by the groom and his family. In any case the groom has to pay a bride price to her family. The Binjhal people allow for divorce and remarriage. They do not have a formal village council to settle disputes; those are settled by village elders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion, but they have many of their own unique beliefs. Unlike most Hindu communities, the Binjal people bury their dead rather than cremating them. They worship their patron deity, Bindhyabasini.


What Are Their Needs?

The Binjhal people need the chance to allow Jesus Christ to give them life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that their leaders will open the door for a Christ-ward movement. Pray for faithful intercessors and workers. Pray for Indian believers to show them the way to the cross.


Scripture Prayers for the Binjhal in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Binjhal
People Name in Country Binjhal
Population this Country 161,000
Population all Countries 161,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Bindhya Bashini; Binjhar; Binjhwar; Khatriya; Vindhyabasini Kshatriya; Vindhyaniwasi; बिंझल
People ID 16471
ROP3 Code 111637
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 2
Largest States
Odisha
161,000
Delhi
100
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 2
  Odisha 161,000
  Delhi 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (84,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 35
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Munda
29,000
Mundari
16,000
Hindi
3,800
Chhattisgarhi
2,400
Ho
700
Kuvi
300
Kurux
200
Kharia
70
Bengali
40
Pengo
30
Punjabi, Eastern
30
Telugu
20
Mizo
20
English
20
Tamil
10
Primary Language Odia (84,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 35
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Munda 29,000
  Mundari 16,000
  Hindi 3,800
  Chhattisgarhi 2,400
  Ho 700
  Kuvi 300
  Kurux 200
  Kharia 70
  Bengali 40
  Pengo 30
  Punjabi, Eastern 30
  Telugu 20
  Mizo 20
  English 20
  Tamil 10
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2021)
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Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.77 %
Islam
0.06 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.09 %
* 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 Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more