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The main tribal groups in Madhya Pradesh are Gond, Bhil, Baiga, Korku, Bhariya, Halba, Kaul, Mariya, and Sahariya.

Dhar, Jhabua and Mandla districts have more than 50 percent tribal population.

In Khargone, Chhindwara, Seoni, Sidhi and Shahdol districts 30 to 50 percent population is of tribes.

Tribals in Madhya Pradesh constitute 20.27% of the total population of Madhya Pradesh according to the 2001 census. There were 46 recognized Scheduled Tribes.

“Special Primitive Tribal Groups” in the State.

Madhya Pradesh Primitive tribe

Dindori district

Baiga Chak tribe

population of primitive tribals 9,513

The differences in the tribal community, spread over in various parts of the state, is clearly seen not only on the basis of their heredity, lifestyle and cultural traditions, but also from their social, economic structure, religious beliefs and their language and speech. Due to the different linguistic, cultural and geographical environment, and its peculiar complications, the diverse tribal world of Madhya Pradesh has been largely cut-off from the mainstream of development.

Name of tribe  


Population (Census 1981)  

Districts inhabited  

Gond Pardhan, Agariya, Ojha, Nagarchi, Solhas 5,349,883 All districts, mainly spread on both banks of Narmada River in Vindhyas andSatpura
Bhil Barela, Bhilala, Patliya 2,505,888 Dhar, Jhabua, East Nimar
Baiga Bijhwar, Narotia, Bharotiya, Nahar, Rai Bhaina, Kadh Bhaina 248,949 Mandla, Balaghat
Korku Movasiruma, Nahala, Vavari, Bodoya 66,781 East Nimar, Hoshangabad, Betul, Chhindwara
Bharia Bhumiya, Bhuihar, Pando 195,490 Chhindwara, Jabalpur
Halba Halbi, Bastariya, Chhatisgarhiya 236,375 Balaghat
Kaul Rohiya, Rauthail 123,811 Rewa, Satna, Shahdol, Sidhi
Mariya Abujh Mariya, Dandami Mariya, Metakoitur 195,490 Jabalpur, Mandla, Panna, Shahdol, Chhindwara
Sahariya 261,816 Guna, Shivpuri, Morena, Gwalior, Vidisha, Rajgarh 

South Asia Embrace

South Asian peoples make up the greatest concentration of lostness on earth. Some of those people are still unreached and unengaged (UUPG – unengaged unreached people groups). The Ends of the Earth describes peoples who have no known church planting work among them.

What can you and your church do?

Learn. Find out more about what it means to Embrace an Ends of the Earth UUPG at

Pray. Download the South Asian Peoples Ends of the Earth prayer guide. (Or, get printed copies at Subscribe to South Asia stories and prayer updates, so you can stay up-to-date on South Asian Peoples’ prayer, events, stories and resources.

Embrace. South Asia is home to over 1,700 people groups. Of this number, over 900 are still unengaged unreached people groups (UUPGs). Amazingly, 200 of these represent over 95% of the total UUPG population. We’ve selected the highest priority people groups for your church to consider. Choose one as an integral part of your Great Commission participation. Learn more about what it means to embrace a people group.

Click on areas of the map below to see priority people groups.
The overall top 10 people groups are shown below the map.

[If the map does not work in your browser use these number links: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ]

Top 10 South Asian UUPGs

  Area PEID Country People Group Population Primary Religion
1 Pakistan & Kashmir 6372 Pakistan Kolai 435,022 Islam
2 Northwest India 47953 India Gujjar (Marwari) 2,577,752 Hinduism
3 North India & West Nepal 47955 India Gadaria Awadhi 4,382,214 Hinduism
4 East Nepal, Bhutan & East India 41258 India Kalwar 3,232,405 Hinduism
5 Bangladesh & Northeast India 48006 India Bania (Assamese) 1,347,292 Hinduism
6 Central India 47903 India Mali (Marathi) 2,934,357 Hinduism
7 East India 48197 India Bangladeshi Muslims 3,720,029 Islam
8 South-Central India 47967 India Kalal (Kannada) 740,615 Hinduism
9 South India, Maldives & Sri Lanka 41247 India Mappila 8,603,290 Islam
10 Diaspora 11915 Saudi Arabia Bengali 1,576,767 Islam – Sunni