Chadar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Chadar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 110,000 Chadar people live mainly in Madhya Pradesh, India's most central state. Their name means "weaver." Though they are listed as a scheduled caste (i.e., low-status Dalits), they consider themselves to be descendents of the prestigious Rajputs. Traditionally, many of them were employed as village watchmen, while others were weavers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Educated Chadars have their own caste association known as the Chadar Kshatriya Samaj, which is intended to look after their interests and maintain law and order.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This group is almost completely Hindu, and only about one in 500 is Christian of any kind. Most of them speak Hindi, so there are Christ-centered materials in a language they can understand.

Prayer Points

* Pray that biblical materials will soon become widely available in Chadar communities.
* Pray that they will open their hearts to the King of Kings.

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People Name General Chadar
People Name in Country Chadar
Population in India 126,000
World Population 126,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Athia, Chadwa, Chudrigaran, Pawar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Chadar
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16563
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:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (105,000) Odisha (14,000) Rajasthan (3,700) Chhattisgarh (3,200)
Maharashtra (80)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (105,000) Odisha (14,000)
Rajasthan (3,700) Chhattisgarh (3,200)
Maharashtra (80)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (104,000) Oriya (12,000) Bundeli (2,600) Dhundari (1,900)
Chhattisgarhi (1,800) Braj Bhasha (300) Malvi (100) Urdu (10)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 104,000 Oriya 12,000
Bundeli 2,600 Dhundari 1,900
Chhattisgarhi 1,800 Braj Bhasha 300
Malvi 100 Urdu 10
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.98 %
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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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