Dhakad in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dhakad only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



Traditionally, the Dhakad are farmers. A sacred thread (janeu) is the symbol of a married man. After a father's death, the family deity is given to the eldest son as he is the successor. They worship family, clan, and village deities like Gaondei and Banjari Mata. The Dhakad accept food and water from the Brahmin and Rawat only. They do not allow intercommunity marriages. The Brahmin conduct their rituals, the Dhobi wash their clothes on the occasions of birth and death, and the Nai shave off their hair. Family property is inherited equally by all the male children. Their chief god is Balram, from whom they trace their descent.

Ministry Obstacles

Workers can expect opposition as Jesus is presented to a people who have worshipped spiritual beings that have held them in bondage for generations.

Outreach Ideas

Pray that evangelists and church planters in other Indian people groups will be led to the Dhakad community. Pray they won't be overlooked as the Gospel advances in India.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Even though there no known followers of Jesus today among the Dhakad, pray that God will be arranging encounters between many in this group and believers who will be obedient to the Spirit in sharing Christ with them.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray all the Dhakad people will be set free from the worship of created things.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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People Name General Dhakad
People Name in Country Dhakad
Population in India 730,000
World Population 730,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chhetri, Dhadi, Dhakar, Dharabole
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dhakad
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16697
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (483,000) Madhya Pradesh (247,000) Uttar Pradesh (500) Maharashtra (400)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (483,000) Madhya Pradesh (247,000)
Uttar Pradesh (500) Maharashtra (400)
Languages & Dialects on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (518,000) Mewari (56,000) Haroti: Harauti (52,000) Dhundari (30,000)
Malvi (27,000) Marwari (24,000) Shekhawati (4,600) Merwari (3,200)
Bundeli (300) Braj Bhasha (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 518,000 Mewari 56,000
Haroti: Harauti 52,000 Dhundari 30,000
Malvi 27,000 Marwari 24,000
Shekhawati 4,600 Merwari 3,200
Bundeli 300 Braj Bhasha 100
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
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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 %

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  
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