Balmiki sect

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Balmiki or Valmiki (Nepali: बाल्मिकी, Vālmīki) is a Dalit sect of Hinduism centered on the sage Valmiki. The community is found in Punjab, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Gujarat and worship Valmiki as their ancestor and God.

Valmiki composes the Ramayana

Valmikis believe that he was an Avatar of God, and they consider his works, the Ramayana and the Yoga Vasistha, as their holy scripture. In the state of Andhra Pradesh, Valmikis are referred to as Boyas. The titles of the Boyas are said to be Naidu or Nayudu, Naik, Dora, Dorabidda (children of chieftains), and Valmiki.[1]

Noted people[edit]

  • Yuvraj Walmiki - Indian hockey player
  • Rakhi Birla - MLA in Delhi, AAP
  • Acharya Nafe Singh Dhilod Charak - In Rathdhana Village, Distt - Sonipat(Haryana)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thurston, Edgar; Rangachari, K. (1909). Castes and Tribes of Southern India. I (A to B). Madras: Government Press. p. 187. Retrieved 2012-10-11.