Balmiki or Valmiki (Nepali: बाल्मिकी, Vālmīki) is a Dalit sect of Hinduism centered on the sage Valmiki. The community is found in Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat and worship Valmiki as their ancestor and God.
Valmiki was a Brahmin by birth. Valmikis believe that he was an Avatar of God, and they consider his works, the Ramayana and the Yoga Vasistha, as their holy scripture.The titles of the Boyas are said to be Naidu or Nayudu, Naik, Dora, Dorabidda (children of chieftains), and Valmiki.
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