Mal Paharia people

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Mal Paharia
Regions with significant populations
              Jharkhand 115,093 (2001 census)
              Bihar 860 (2001 census)[1]
              West Bengal 44,538 (2011 census)[2]
Mal Paharia language, Bengali
Hinduism, traditional beliefs

The Mal Paharia people are a tribal people of West Bengal, Bihar & Jharkhand in India.[3][4]

Paharia Mal or Mal Paharia are listed as Scheduled Tribe by the Government of West Bengal.[5]


The Mal Paharias who live in the southern hills of Damin-i-koh and in the south and east of Santhal Parganas have been Hinduised.[6]

The Mal Paharias survive on agriculture and forest produce. [7]


As per 2001 census, the Mal Paharias number around 115,093 in Jharkhand. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mal Paharia" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Table Name(A10ST1 ), Area Name(STATE - WEST BENGAL 19), ST Code (528), ST Name(Mal Pahariya)". 
  3. ^ "Scheduled Tribe List Of West Bengal State". 
  4. ^ "Bihar Scheduled Tribe List". 
  5. ^ "Scheduled Tribe List Of West Bengal State". 
  6. ^ Houlton, Sir John, Bihar, the Heart of India, p. 81, Orient Longmans, 1949
  7. ^ "Mal Paharia Adivasi". jharkhand org. 
  8. ^ "Primitive Tribal Groups and their Population in India as per 2001 Census" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-05-01.