Dharkar in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The name "Dharkar" comes from dhar, meaning rope or cane making. The name fits the people; they have always made bamboo and rope products such as baskets that they sell in the markets. Like many communities, they often use "Dharkar" as a family surname as well as the name of their group.

Where Are they Located?

Most of them live either in Madhya Pradesh or Uttar Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The 159,000 Dharkars are more likely to practice child marriage than most other scheduled caste communities. However, they are much like other communities in that their marriages are arranged by their families. Each marriage is a joining of two families morethan it is a joining of two individuals. They are much more strict about divorce than other Hindu communities.

Dharkar women are very active in household jobs, and they play a major role in ritual and economic activities. They contribute to the family income. Because their children are usually wage laborers, their literacy rate remains low.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship their village deity, Deohar, and many Hindu gods like Hannaman (the monkey god), Vishnu and various spiritual powers. They speak Awadhi at home. When they have the chance, the Dharkar people listen to the radio and TV.

Prayer Points

* Pray for excellent Christian materials like gospel recordings to be produced and widely distributed among the Dharkar people in the Awadhi language.
* Pray for radio broadcasts that will address their spiritual need to be joined with Jesus.
* Pray that as they encounter Jesus that their traditional gods will become a thing of the past.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them a willingness to seek and find the Savior.

People Name General Dharkar
People Name in Country Dharkar
Population in Nepal 2,600
World Population 169,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Basor Bhakt, Bentbansi, Dharki, Dhirkar, Dom, Supa Bhakt
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dharkar
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16713
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (1,600) Janakpur (800) Narayani (200) Sagarmatha (50)
Bheri (20)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (1,600) Janakpur (800)
Narayani (200) Sagarmatha (50)
Bheri (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bhojpuri (1,500) Maithili (600) Nepali (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 1,500 Maithili 600
Nepali 400
For Primary Language: Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1911-1982)
New Testament Yes   (1999-2006)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Bhojpuri 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
0.00 %
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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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