Beldar Lonari (Hindu traditions) in India

The Beldar Lonari (Hindu traditions) have only been reported 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

The Beldar are a group of Hindu people who live in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Their name Beldar means a person who digs in the ground. Thus, it is easy to understand that there are many in the Beldar caste, who labor in excavating work. Because they do manual labor, they have low status in Indian society. The Beldar are part of the Sudras, the fourth level of Hindu caste system. Many of the Beldar, especially their women, are unable to read or write.

The main two languages of the Beldar are Kannada and Hindi. They also speak many other regional languages depending upon where they live.


Where Are they Located?

Hindu Lonari Beldar people live mostly in Karnataka, a state in south India. A few are in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Lonari Beldar are employed in agricultural work and in construction. The Beldar are able to maintain relationships with members of other communities, sharing water sources and religious shrines. The Beldar marry within their caste. Marriage with paternal or maternal relatives is avoided. Sons inherit their father’s property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family. Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests.

The Lonari Beldar are not vegetarian but do not eat beef. The main foods are rice, wheat, millet, vegetables and fruit. Meat is often eaten only on special occasions due to the poverty of many Beldar families.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Lonari Beldar is Hinduism, the ancient religious tradition of the India. The Beldar worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Beldar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Beldar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Lonari Beldar need help in learning new job skills. They need help in educating their children. Many rural Beldar do not have access to clean water, electricity and indoor plumbing. Most of all, the Lonari Beldar need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them new life.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for a chain reaction of Hindu Lonari Beldar families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
* Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God’s love will change the Beldar people like yeast changes dough.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/beldar/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16375/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beldar
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Beldar-people-of-India/
https://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=41574


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Beldar Lonari (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Beldar Lonari (Hindu traditions)
World Population 53,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names बेलदर लोनारी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21109
ROP3 Code 117934
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 5
Largest States
Karnataka
27,000
Maharashtra
21,000
Tamil Nadu
3,100
Telangana
2,100
Goa
50
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 5
  Karnataka 27,000
  Maharashtra 21,000
  Tamil Nadu 3,100
  Telangana 2,100
  Goa 50
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (28,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Marathi
11,000
Merwari
5,600
Telugu
4,600
Konkani
2,500
Hindi
1,600
Primary Language Kannada (28,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 11,000
  Merwari 5,600
  Telugu 4,600
  Konkani 2,500
  Hindi 1,600
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.91 %
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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