Paliya in India


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

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Dilpali 2,800

Introduction / History

The Paliya are a scheduled caste, so they have low to middle status. They have three subgroups. They speak, read and write in Bengali. The Paliya people live in India's West Bengal state and further east in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of them are landless. They work mainly in agriculture. Some are in business and there are some government workers among them. The Paliya are generally not well educated so the gospel will need to be given in oral form.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion. A Hindu might worship hundreds of gods or no god at all. They worship to gain merit and favor.


What Are Their Needs?

The Paliya people need the chance to hear and respond to Jesus Christ, the only one who can bridge the gap between God and man.


Prayer Points

Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Paliya people. Pray for a movement of Paliya households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Paliya people to the arms of Jesus. Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Paliya people.


Scripture Prayers for the Paliya in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Paliya
People Name in Country Paliya
Pronunciation PAH-lee-uh
Population this Country 144,000
Population all Countries 247,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Mudhpal; Pal; Palasi; Palhar; Pali; Palua; Paluh; Pol; Poligar; Poliya; पालिया
People ID 17821
ROP3 Code 113294
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
124,000
Madhya Pradesh
13,000
Odisha
1,700
Meghalaya
1,000
Andaman and Nicobar
900
Jharkhand
700
Chhattisgarh
500
Maharashtra
400
Nagaland
400
Bihar
200
Uttar Pradesh
200
Delhi
200
Mizoram
100
Arunachal Pradesh
100
Manipur
90
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 20
  West Bengal 124,000
  Madhya Pradesh 13,000
  Odisha 1,700
  Meghalaya 1,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 900
  Jharkhand 700
  Chhattisgarh 500
  Maharashtra 400
  Nagaland 400
  Bihar 200
  Uttar Pradesh 200
  Delhi 200
  Mizoram 100
  Arunachal Pradesh 100
  Manipur 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (107,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Hindi
14,000
Odia
500
Malvi
400
Kannada
20
Telugu
Primary Language Bengali (107,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 14,000
  Odia 500
  Malvi 400
  Kannada 20
  Telugu 10
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2022  Matyas Rehak - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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