Gharti in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Gharti, (or Bhujel) are considered an offshoot of the Indian Chettri who, due to poverty, served royal families and nobles as bonded laborers, palanquin-bearers (an enclosed litter), and water-carriers. Traditionally, the men were palanquin-bearers and the women water-carriers, but today most labor on farms. Vermilion and a bead necklace are the symbols of married women. The services of a Brahman are sought for performing birth, marriage and death rituals. They worship deities such as Kali, Lakshmi and Kanchyaga.

Ministry Obstacles

Bhutan does not provide a welcome to Christian missionaries.

Outreach Ideas

A number of Gharti have reported themselves as Christians to the census in India and Nepal. Please pray these Christians will become firmly grounded as believers, able to carry to carry the Gospel effectively to their entire community in Nepal and India.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray for Gharti Christians to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, as well as in numbers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Gharti people in Nepal and India will be given a growing desire to know the creator God, the one who transcends his creation yet offers to be a friend of those who will come to him through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gharti
People Name in Country Gharti
Population in Nepal 136,000
World Population 157,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhujel, Gharati, Khawas, Western Chepang
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Gharti
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 11879
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gandaki (22,000) Kosi (15,000) Janakpur (15,000) Rapti (15,000)
Bagmati (15,000) Lumbini (13,000) Sagarmatha (12,000) Mechi (9,800)
Dhawalagiri (9,500) Narayani (6,500) Bheri (2,700) Seti (300)
Karnali (200) Mahakali (200)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gandaki (22,000) Kosi (15,000)
Janakpur (15,000) Rapti (15,000)
Bagmati (15,000) Lumbini (13,000)
Sagarmatha (12,000) Mechi (9,800)
Dhawalagiri (9,500) Narayani (6,500)
Bheri (2,700) Seti (300)
Karnali (200) Mahakali (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (115,000) Bhujel (18,000) Bhojpuri (1,500) Bantawa (1,100)
Kham, Sheshi (1,000) Kham, Western Parbate (900) Kham, Gamale (500) Thulung (500)
Maithili (400) Kham, Eastern Parbate (300) Newar: Newari (300) Chamling (200)
Khaling (200) Dotyali (80) Dolpo (60) Kansa (40)
Awadhi (40) Hindi (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 115,000 Bhujel 18,000
Bhojpuri 1,500 Bantawa 1,100
Kham, Sheshi 1,000 Kham, Western Parbate 900
Kham, Gamale 500 Thulung 500
Maithili 400 Kham, Eastern Parbate 300
Newar: Newari 300 Chamling 200
Khaling 200 Dotyali 80
Dolpo 60 Kansa 40
Awadhi 40 Hindi 20

For Main Lanugage: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nepali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Nepali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
2.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.63 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.78 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.47 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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