Dhanka in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dhanka only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dhanka are an Adivasi group in India. They number slightly over 400,000 people. Over half of the Dhanka live in Gujarat state with smaller populations in Maharashtra and Rajasthan and a small population in Madhya Pradesh.

Over 90% of the Dhanka are Hindus, but small numbers are Muslims or Christians.

The Dhanka are a sub-division of the Bhil, distributed in Jaipur, Alwar, Ajmer and Sirohi districts in Rajasthan as well as other states. The Dhanka are also known as Dhankia. The population of Dhanka in Jaipur is nearly 100,000 people.

In the past, the Dhanka were forest hunters or engaged in the services of jagirdars / landowners as farmers or soldier guards. After the abolishing of jagirdari nearly 70% of the Dhanka migrated to cities by 1960. The Dhanka often work in elecricity and waterworks departments. They no longer have any land for agriculture and after migrating into the cities, they no longer have farming skills. Dhanka only marry within their caste.

The literacy of the Dhanka is 65%, one of the highest of the tribes of Rajasthan. Although the Dhanka are known as hard workers, they are often very poor. The Dhanka need a proper share of reservation land.

Profile Source:   Wikipedia 

People Name General Dhanka
People Name in Country Dhanka
Population in India 478,000
World Population 478,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dhanak, Dhankia, Dhanuk, Dhunia, Dhunka, Dhunka Golandaj, Dhunkar, Golandaj, Kadore, Karar, Karare, Korar, Tetaria, Valvi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asian, other
People Name General Dhanka
Ethnic Code AUG06a
People ID 16706
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)
Gujarat (321,000) Maharashtra (97,000) Rajasthan (53,000) Madhya Pradesh (6,800)
Odisha (200)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (321,000) Maharashtra (97,000)
Rajasthan (53,000) Madhya Pradesh (6,800)
Odisha (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (320,000) Bhili (54,000) Marathi (24,000) Dhundari (24,000)
Hindi (18,000) Shekhawati (5,300) Nimadi (4,500) Ahirani (4,300)
Merwari (3,500) Urdu (3,000) Marwari (2,800) Bagri (1,100)
Panjabi, Eastern (800) Khandesi (400) Telugu (400) Konkani (300)
Dhanki (300) Mewari (200) Oriya (100) Kannada (90)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 320,000 Bhili 54,000
Marathi 24,000 Dhundari 24,000
Hindi 18,000 Shekhawati 5,300
Nimadi 4,500 Ahirani 4,300
Merwari 3,500 Urdu 3,000
Marwari 2,800 Bagri 1,100
Panjabi, Eastern 800 Khandesi 400
Telugu 400 Konkani 300
Dhanki 300 Mewari 200
Oriya 100 Kannada 90
For Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
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
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.41 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
93.51 %
3.86 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
0.11 %

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

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