The Bengali Hindu population is mainly concentrated in the Indian state of West Bengal and in Bangladesh. They speak Bengali and 72.4% of the people of West Bengal say they are Hindu. About 80% of the Bengali in India and Bangladesh are involved in some type of farming. Most Bengalis live in villages consisting of between 100 and 1000 people.
The Bengali are one of the most significant people groups in South Asia.
Some important facts about the Bengali Hindus:
- The Bengali Hindus who migrated from Pakistan at the beginning of the Partition and settled in West Bengal, came to be known as the Bangal, while the native Bengali Hindus of West Bengal came to be known as Ghotis.
- Kali and Chandi are the most worshipped Hindu goddesses in West Bengal. Durga, Shiva, Krishna and a few other gods and goddesses are also worshipped.
- Durga Puja is the most important festival of the Hindus in West Bengal and is the most significant festival of the state.
- The city of Calcutta, home to many Bengalis, is a city of massive oppression, disease, and poverty. The power of evil expressed in the thousands of Hindu gods must be broken before these people can understand and respond to the Gospel.
- The literacy level of Bengali Hindus in West Bengal and other parts of the world is very high.
- Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to the Bengal region and share Christ with the Bengali Hindus.
- Pray that the small number of Bengali Christians will be a light for the Gospel in this area of spiritual darkness.
- Ask God to raise Christian medical teams, businessmen, and teachers to take the Gospel into this region.
- Pray that Christian radio broadcasts, Bibles, and other literature will be made available to the people of the Bengal region.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Bengali Hindus towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
- Ask the Lord to raise strong local churches and church movements in the Bengal region.