Dhimar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dhimar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dhimar are a caste of fishermen and palanquin (a kind of sedan chair) bearers. They work sometimes as boatmen. They can also at times work in cultivation along the river bank. Sometimes they are water carriers and can sell sweet potatoes, dry grains, rice and boiled plums.

They are also called by the names of the Bhoi, Kahar, Machandar, Baraua and Palewar.

First cousins are not allowed to marry each other. Widows can marry and also divorce is permitted but does not happen often. Children are named on the day they are born or 12 days later. They are poor and bury their dead, as cremation tends to be too expensive.

In some places in India they are distinct castes. That does not tend to be the case in the Central Provinces.

Where Are they Located?

They are mainly living in the Central Provinces.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dhimar are Hindus who worship Dulha Deo. They also worship the major Hindu gods like Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman and Lakshmi. The Tamboli of different regions worship local gods also and they celebrate Hindu festivals such as Holi and Diwali.



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People Name General Dhimar
People Name in Country Dhimar
Population in India 1,749,000
World Population 1,749,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ahir, Balewar, Banawar, Barana, Benua, Bhoi, Bhorji, Dharhiar, Dhimen, Dhimer, Dhiwar, Dhudhiya Bharwad, Gabit, Gal Bhoi, Harkantra, Jal Kshatriya, Jalchattri, Jalchattri Kshatriya, Jhee Darhi, JheeDarhi, Jhinwar, Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Kir, Machhandar, Machhander, Mallah, Mallahan, Mangela, Page, Palewar, Raekari, Raika, Raikar, Raikari, Raikwar, Rajput, Saimari, Sanduri
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dhimar
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16705
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:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (933,000) Maharashtra (452,000) Chhattisgarh (205,000) Odisha (153,000)
Rajasthan (4,300) Gujarat (1,700) Delhi (300) Daman and Diu (80)
Dadra and Nagar Have (80) Chandigarh (10)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (933,000) Maharashtra (452,000)
Chhattisgarh (205,000) Odisha (153,000)
Rajasthan (4,300) Gujarat (1,700)
Delhi (300) Daman and Diu (80)
Dadra and Nagar Have (80) Chandigarh (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (981,000) Marathi (388,000) Chhattisgarhi (163,000) Oriya (123,000)
Bundeli (27,000) Bagheli (6,700) Nimadi (4,400) Kui (3,100)
Dhundari (2,600) Gujarati (1,900) Santhali (700) Malvi (500)
Mundari: Bhumij (400) Kurux (200) Koda (200) Marwari (100)
Munda (100) Kuvi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 981,000 Marathi 388,000
Chhattisgarhi 163,000 Oriya 123,000
Bundeli 27,000 Bagheli 6,700
Nimadi 4,400 Kui 3,100
Dhundari 2,600 Gujarati 1,900
Santhali 700 Malvi 500
Mundari: Bhumij 400 Kurux 200
Koda 200 Marwari 100
Munda 100 Kuvi 40
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 %
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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