Bhar 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

Many centuries ago, the Bhar community was deposed by the invading Rajput and Muslims. Their struggle with the Rajput and Muslim invaders continued for about two hundred years, at the end of which Ibrahim Shah Waarli of Jaunpur killed the last Bhar ruler.

They live mainly in eastern Uttar Pradesh, but also Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Child marriages are prevalent; however, the trend towards adult marriage is increasing. Agriculture is the main occupation of the Bhar, and they usually work as laborers in fields owned by the Muslims, Thakur and Yadav.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu and worship deities like Deeh Baba and Burhao Baba. 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.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhar culture involves worshiping the spirits of created things, not the Creator God. They need to make the distinction between what is created and the holy creator.

There are many good resource materials available in the primary language of the Bhar people, but there is a great need for workers.


Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers for this ripening harvest.

Pray for each individual in the Bhar community to have many opportunities to hear of Jesus accurately, in his or her mother tongue.

Pray for the Bhar to make schooling a priority for their children, and for good schools to be available to this community.

Pray that new Bhar believers will become effective and fruitful in sharing and discussing Bible stories with their own and other families. They will need prayer support. Pray they will learn to speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Pray for easy access to Scripture in printed and recorded forms.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhar in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhar

https://www.indianetzone.com/28/bhar_aborigine_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-12
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-20
People Name General Bhar
People Name in Country Bhar
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Population this Country 2,362,000
Population all Countries 2,372,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 47
Alternate Names Bharat; Bharpatwa; Rajbhar; भर
People ID 16405
ROP3 Code 111553
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 12
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
2,108,000
Bihar
192,000
West Bengal
32,000
Jharkhand
6,500
Madhya Pradesh
4,300
Uttarakhand
500
Maharashtra
500
Chhattisgarh
200
Meghalaya
100
Andaman and Nicobar
80
Tripura
50
Odisha
40
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 12
  Uttar Pradesh 2,108,000
  Bihar 192,000
  West Bengal 32,000
  Jharkhand 6,500
  Madhya Pradesh 4,300
  Uttarakhand 500
  Maharashtra 500
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Meghalaya 100
  Andaman and Nicobar 80
  Tripura 50
  Odisha 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhojpuri (1,183,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Hindi
780,000
Bengali
13,000
Maithili
4,800
Awadhi
1,500
Bagheli
1,400
Magahi
1,000
Angika
400
Sadri
300
Garhwali
40
Chhattisgarhi
30
Primary Language Bhojpuri (1,183,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 780,000
  Bengali 13,000
  Maithili 4,800
  Awadhi 1,500
  Bagheli 1,400
  Magahi 1,000
  Angika 400
  Sadri 300
  Garhwali 40
  Chhattisgarhi 30
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri
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 India 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