Ad Dharmi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Ad Dharmi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Eyes of the Heart

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The Ad Dharmi's primary occupation is tanning hides, and some are also engaged in leatherwork and related industries. There are no restrictions on their accepting or exchanging water and food from and with the neighboring communities. They visit the same religious places, share common sources of water and also take part in festivals along with other communities. Their literacy rate, according to the 1981 census, was 40 per cent.

Ministry Obstacles

A low literacy rate can hinder the coming of the Gospel if it comes only in written form.

Outreach Ideas

The Ad Dharmi need to hear the Gospel in oral forms and in written forms. Gospel films and recordings may be very helpful.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Jesus among the Ad Dharmi community at present, but pray for those the Lord will soon lead to himself. Pray they will understand fully the way of salvation, and be zealous to know and follow the Lord.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Ad Dharmi community to be able to care adequately for their families, and be able to send their children to school.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ad Dharmi
People Name in Country Ad Dharmi
Population in India 1,204,000
World Population 1,204,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Adi-Dharmi, Chamar, Ramdasia, Ravidasia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Ad Dharmi
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 16158
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,175,000) Himachal Pradesh (11,000) Delhi (10,000) Chandigarh (4,200)
Haryana (1,600) Rajasthan (1,600)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,175,000) Himachal Pradesh (11,000)
Delhi (10,000) Chandigarh (4,200)
Haryana (1,600) Rajasthan (1,600)
Languages & Dialects on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (1,036,000) Hindi (139,000) Chambeali (2,200) Kangri (1,800)
Churahi (1,700) Bagri (600) Mandeali (400) Marwari (300)
Mewari (200) Pahari, Mahasu (100) Wagdi (70) Haryanvi (50)
Merwari (50) Bilaspuri (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 1,036,000 Hindi 139,000
Chambeali 2,200 Kangri 1,800
Churahi 1,700 Bagri 600
Mandeali 400 Marwari 300
Mewari 200 Pahari, Mahasu 100
Wagdi 70 Haryanvi 50
Merwari 50 Bilaspuri 20
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Sikh Punjabi Language Film Film / Video
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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