Dhobi, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The old Indian man slowly straightens up from his bowed position as his young grandson waits impatiently. It is the first time the boy has been allowed to accompany the older boys and men to the river, and he is eager to begin. But first they must bow to the washing stone. As their ancestors before them, they earn their meager living by washing clothes for the higher castes. They are Dhobis, one of India's Dalit communities, formerly known as "untouchables." Their diet is mostly vegetables and grains, with an occasional bit of meat.

When a Dhobi girl marries, her dowry usually contains just a few items, but almost always an iron. After the men wash the customers' clothes, the women iron them and keep the money they earn to pay for household expenses. Mothers teach the girls to iron at an early age, and boys help their fathers by washing the smaller articles of clothing and by delivering packages of clean clothes to their owners.

Most of the Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority of these Dalits remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that Jesus Christ can wash away their sins.
* Pray that believers will tactfully share gospel recordings and play Christian radio broadcasts for Dhobi Hindus.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give faith to the Dhobis.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-27
People Name General Dhobi, Hindu
People Name in Country Dhobi, Hindu
Population in India 12,123,000
World Population 12,396,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agasa, Agasaru, Agheria, Bana, Batham, Bhai, Chakala, Chakali, Chakka, Chandbar, Charhoya, Chauhan-Bhatti, Chawla, Chhimba, Darhi, Dharhiadu, Dharhiannan, Dharhiannari, Dhob, Dhopa, Dhopi, Dhupi, Hawari, Jada, Khurdanai, Madiwal, Madiyal, Madiyali, Madvali, Madwai, Modiyal, Monson, Nurang, Pak, Parit, Prasad Dhobi, Qasab, Raipal, Rajak, Rajaka, Rajpar, Rajput Dhobi, Rajukula, Ram Dhobi, Ramdu, Ranghi, Rathor, Sakala, SakalaDarhi, Sakalavadu, Shaheri, Sharma, Shuklabaidya, Shukladas, Sukladas, Tanwar, Togata, Tsakala, Vannan, Vannari, Varitha, Vattakkadan, Warathi, Watts
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dhobi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
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 (3,752,000) Telugu (3,590,000) Tamil (801,000) Oriya (736,000)
Kannada (524,000) Bengali (513,000) Bhojpuri (503,000) Marathi (415,000)
Chhattisgarhi (246,000) Awadhi (237,000) Kanauji (164,000) Maithili (79,000)
Gujarati (64,000) Assamese (56,000) Bundeli (43,000) Dhundari (42,000)
Magahi (39,000) Tulu (33,000) Konkani (30,000) Konkani, Goan (21,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 3,752,000 Telugu 3,590,000
Tamil 801,000 Oriya 736,000
Kannada 524,000 Bengali 513,000
Bhojpuri 503,000 Marathi 415,000
Chhattisgarhi 246,000 Awadhi 237,000
Kanauji 164,000 Maithili 79,000
Gujarati 64,000 Assamese 56,000
Bundeli 43,000 Dhundari 42,000
Magahi 39,000 Tulu 33,000
Konkani 30,000 Konkani, Goan 21,000
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
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-27

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.98 %
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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