Dholi, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dholi, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The name of the Dholi people comes from the word dhol, meaning a type of drum. This is not surprising since they have always been drummers and musicians. They play drums during weddings and other festive occasions. Most of them are now farmers.

Where Are they Located?

Almost all of the 221,000 Dholi people live rural parts of India's scenic Rajasthan state. They claim to have come from the powerful Rajput communities, but this is doubtful since they are currently a scheduled caste. Like most Hindu communities, the Dholis view themselves as being higher on the Hindu social ranking order than they actually are.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their children usually work by the time they are 15, so education is limited. They still manage to make sure their sons and sometimes their daughters go to school at an earlier age.

These Hindus listen to the radio, and most speak Marwari or Hindi, two languages that each have many Christian resources.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Only one in 1,000 is a Christian believer in Rajasthan, and outreach is limited in this northwestern state.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to thrust workers out to the Dholi people to tell them of Jesus.
* Pray that Christian materials in Marwari and Hindi will become abundantly available to this unreached people group.
* Pray for spiritual hunger.

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People Name General Dholi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Dholi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 230,000
World Population 230,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bajania, Dholi, Dholwala, Dhopi, Dhupi, Dugla, Langah, Mirasi, Nagarchi, Shilpakar, Shilpkar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dholi, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16711
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:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (133,000) Madhya Pradesh (64,000) Gujarat (22,000) Assam (10,000)
Uttarakhand (1,100) Meghalaya (100) Jammu and Kashmir (100) Arunachal Pradesh (80)
Mizoram (50)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (133,000) Madhya Pradesh (64,000)
Gujarat (22,000) Assam (10,000)
Uttarakhand (1,100) Meghalaya (100)
Jammu and Kashmir (100) Arunachal Pradesh (80)
Mizoram (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (108,000) Marwari (24,000) Mewari (21,000) Gujarati (20,000)
Merwari (11,000) Malvi (10,000) Dhundari (8,500) Assamese (6,100)
Bengali (4,300) Haroti: Harauti (3,900) Shekhawati (3,100) Bagri (1,400)
Kumaoni (1,000) Bagheli (400) Chhattisgarhi (300) Kachchi (100)
Dogri (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 108,000 Marwari 24,000
Mewari 21,000 Gujarati 20,000
Merwari 11,000 Malvi 10,000
Dhundari 8,500 Assamese 6,100
Bengali 4,300 Haroti: Harauti 3,900
Shekhawati 3,100 Bagri 1,400
Kumaoni 1,000 Bagheli 400
Chhattisgarhi 300 Kachchi 100
Dogri 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 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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