CFI Eastern Region
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Sikkim is a Himalayan state sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan and China and India with a great deal of illegal immigration from Nepal. Sikkim is famous for its Darjeeling Tea!!
Area: 7,100 sq km
Religions: Hindus 67%,Buddhist 27% ,Christian 5% ,Muslims 0.9%
Orissa: Orissa shares with Gujarat the worst record for Hindu extremist violence. During the 1990s there was a marked increase in the persecution of Christians throughout the state. Many Churches have been destroyed and Christian missionaries attacked, some molested and killed. In 2000, the governmentmade any baptism dependent on gaining official permission.
Area: 55, 700 sq. km.
Population: 37, 5000,000 with 279 People Groups
Religions: Hindu 94.7%, Christians 2.1%, Muslim 1.8% other 1.4
West Bengal: Over 200 years ago, William Carey, father of the modern mission, arrived in West Bengal. Carey started Serampore University, which is the only Christian institution given official Indian affiliation. West Bengal is home to over 5 million illegal immigrants from Bangladesh with approximately 22 million Bengali Muslims.
Area: 88,800 sq. km 7,100 sq km
Population: 81,700,000 with 203 people groups
Religions: Hindus 75.1%, Muslim 23.4%, Christian 0.6%
Bihar: Bihar has a disastrous history in India after the Independence. It has become an area of high corruption with mafia-style politics where no one follows law and order. Oppression of women and minorities, poverty, annual natural disasters and the lowest education in the country are also problematic.
Bihar played an important role in the lives of several famous world religious leaders. Lord Buddha was born as a prince and at the age of twenty-nine he gave up everything and turned to renunciation. Lord Buddha attained supreme enlightenment under the great 'Bo-tree' or the tree of wisdom in Bodh Gaya-place of enlightenment. He delivered his main speeches in Bihar before dying here in 480 B.C. Lord Mahavir was the twenty-fourth and the last Tirthankara of the Jain religion. Mahavir was born in 599 B.C. as a prince in Bihar, India. At the age of 30, he left his family and royal household, gave up his worldly possessions, including clothing and become a monk. He delivered his main messages and died here. Both Lord Mahavir and Lord Buddha were died and cremated in Bihar their remains are still in Bihar. Guru Gobind Singh, (1666-1708 C.E.) the tenth (Sikh Guru) and last guru of Sikh religion is born in Bihar and reached spiritual maturity here. Valmiki Nagar is here where Hindu God Ram and his brother Laxman got their education under Valmiki a monk –Nalanda, known as the ancient seat of learning, was founded in Behir in the 5th century. 2,000 Teachers and 10,000 Students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied at Nalanda, the first Residential International University of the World. Buddha and Mahavira both used to visit Nalanda during their lifetimes (BC), and Emperor Ashoka worshiped at a Buddhist shrine there in the 3d century BC.
Bihar is also known as the graveyard of missionaries. During Independent time it was India’s third richest state; it is now the poorest state in the country. CFI Eastern Regional headquarter is here.
Area: 99, 000 sq. km
Population: 75,834,000 with 261 people groups
Religions: Hindu over 77%, Muslim over 14%, Christian les than 1%