Barwala, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Barwala people belong to a Dalit class in the northern part of India. They live in India's far northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.

What are Their Lives Like?

Most of them live in rural areas. Traditionally they have worked as village watchmen and messengers, overseeing the work of coolies, bearing torches and carrying palanquins at weddings. Today most of them are engaged in agriculture or as unskilled laborers. As far as their families are concerned the Barwalas live mainly in nuclear households. The oldest son becomes the head of the household. They allow for divorce and remarriage.

What are Their Beliefs?

Most if not all of the Barwala are Hindu.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Barwala people to have a spiritual encounter with the Living Christ.

People Name General Barwala, Hindu
People Name in Country Barwala, Hindu
Population in India 87,800
World Population 89,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barwar, Dalwatia, Mandla, Narwalia, Payaliya, Radha, Radhthiya, Sanjwal, Soniyal
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Barwala, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (37,000) Dogri (33,000) Panjabi, Eastern (9,200) Bhojpuri (4,900)
Kanauji (1,000) Kashmiri (900) Awadhi (800) Bundeli (600)
Garhwali (200) Nepali (200) Chambeali (200) Bhadrawahi (100)
Kumaoni (100) Gujari (100) Ladakhi (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 37,000 Dogri 33,000
Panjabi, Eastern 9,200 Bhojpuri 4,900
Kanauji 1,000 Kashmiri 900
Awadhi 800 Bundeli 600
Garhwali 200 Nepali 200
Chambeali 200 Bhadrawahi 100
Kumaoni 100 Gujari 100
Ladakhi 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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