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 12,362,000
World Population 12,672,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agasa, Agasaru, Agheria, Bana, Batham, Bhai, Chakala, Chakali, Chakka, Chandbar, Charhoya, Chasa, Chasa Dhoba, Chauhan-Bhatti, Chawla, Chhimba, Darhi, Dharhiadu, Dharhiannan, Dharhiannari, Dhob, Dhoba, Dhobi, Dhopa, Dhopi, Dhupi, Hawari, Jada, Khurdanai, Madivala, Madiwal, Madiyal, Madiyali, Madvali, Madwai, Modiyal, Monson, Nurang, Oddelu, Oddollu, Oriya Chakali, Oriyavallu, Pak, Parit, Prasad Dhobi, Qasab, Raipal, Rajak, Rajaka, Rajakha, Rajpar, Rajput Dhobi, Rajukula, Ram Dhobi, Ramdu, Ranghi, Rathor, Sabhasundar, Sakala, SakalaDarhi, Sakalavadu, Sat-Chasi, Shaheri, Sharma, Sheheri Hindu, Shuklabaidya, Shukladas, Sukladas, Suklavaidya, Tanwar, Tasha, Togata, Tsakala, Vadde Chakali, Vannan, Vannari, Varetha, Varitha, Vattakkadan, Warathi, Watts
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dhobi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16709
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:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,657,000) Andhra Pradesh (2,586,000) Tamil Nadu (936,000) Telangana (904,000)
Odisha (778,000) Bihar (748,000) Madhya Pradesh (668,000) Karnataka (643,000)
Maharashtra (601,000) West Bengal (498,000) Chhattisgarh (399,000) Jharkhand (247,000)
Rajasthan (199,000) Delhi (154,000) Assam (78,000) Gujarat (73,000)
Haryana (71,000) Tripura (59,000) Himachal Pradesh (20,000) Uttarakhand (19,000)
Total States on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,657,000) Andhra Pradesh (2,586,000)
Tamil Nadu (936,000) Telangana (904,000)
Odisha (778,000) Bihar (748,000)
Madhya Pradesh (668,000) Karnataka (643,000)
Maharashtra (601,000) West Bengal (498,000)
Chhattisgarh (399,000) Jharkhand (247,000)
Rajasthan (199,000) Delhi (154,000)
Assam (78,000) Gujarat (73,000)
Haryana (71,000) Tripura (59,000)
Himachal Pradesh (20,000) Uttarakhand (19,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  71  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (3,774,000) Telugu (3,362,000) Tamil (824,000) Oriya (738,000)
Kannada (546,000) Bengali (513,000) Bhojpuri (503,000) Marathi (427,000)
Chhattisgarhi (273,000) Awadhi (237,000) Kanauji (164,000) Maithili (79,000)
Gujarati (65,000) Assamese (57,000) Bundeli (43,000) Dhundari (42,000)
Magahi (39,000) Tulu (35,000) Konkani (30,000) Konkani, Goan (21,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 3,774,000 Telugu 3,362,000
Tamil 824,000 Oriya 738,000
Kannada 546,000 Bengali 513,000
Bhojpuri 503,000 Marathi 427,000
Chhattisgarhi 273,000 Awadhi 237,000
Kanauji 164,000 Maithili 79,000
Gujarati 65,000 Assamese 57,000
Bundeli 43,000 Dhundari 42,000
Magahi 39,000 Tulu 35,000
Konkani 30,000 Konkani, Goan 21,000
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 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
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99.98 %
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Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
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0.0 %
Other Christian
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0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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