Garoda, Hindu traditions in India

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






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Main Language



The Garoda are strictly vegetarian, and their staple cereals are wheat and bajra. They have territorial subgroups, which are also marriage circles and marriages are to occur only within these marriage circles. Common surnames include Srimali, Sharma, Gandhi, Pandiya, Srigaur, Purani, etc. Their women mainly do household work. The earlier practice of child marriage has been replaced by adult marriage. Traditionally, the Garoda are priests to the Vankar, Chamar, Khalpa, Nadia, Turi, Tirgar, and Shenva communities, who also engage them as astrologers. Each of the Garoda gotras (clans) is associated with a specific deity.

Ministry Obstacles

Lack of Christian workers who are well prepared for the task is usually a hindrance as the Gospel goes forth in the world.

Outreach Ideas

The Garoda have a fairly high literacy rate. Printed presentations of the Gospel will be useful, as well as oral presentations. Workers are needed.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Garoda have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. There may possibly be a few hidden Christians. Please pray the Lord will soon send workers to tell these people about his Son, Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Garoda community will soon be completely set free from wrong belief and the influence of evil spiritual forces.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Garoda, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Garoda, Hindu traditions
Population in India 146,000
World Population 146,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Borikar, Deshi, Gara, Garadiga, Garda, Gare, Garg, Garo, Garrudi, Garubar, Garuda, Garudi, Garwadi, Gorg, Gurda, Gurna, Guru, Gurwa, Jadibutiwale, Joshi, Kapadi, Madari, Madukali, Modikar, Pandiya
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:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (93,000) Rajasthan (51,000) Maharashtra (1,600) Goa (600)
Karnataka (300) Odisha (200) Tamil Nadu (200) Madhya Pradesh (100)
Daman and Diu (90) Dadra and Nagar Have (60) Andhra Pradesh (30)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (93,000) Rajasthan (51,000)
Maharashtra (1,600) Goa (600)
Karnataka (300) Odisha (200)
Tamil Nadu (200) Madhya Pradesh (100)
Daman and Diu (90) Dadra and Nagar Have (60)
Andhra Pradesh (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (83,000) Marwari (32,000) Hindi (17,000) Kachchi (2,500)
Marathi (1,800) Dhundari (1,400) Merwari (1,200) Mewari (1,100)
Shekhawati (800) Bagri (600) Kannada (300) Konkani, Goan (300)
Telugu (300) Haroti: Harauti (70) Konkani (60)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 83,000 Marwari 32,000
Hindi 17,000 Kachchi 2,500
Marathi 1,800 Dhundari 1,400
Merwari 1,200 Mewari 1,100
Shekhawati 800 Bagri 600
Kannada 300 Konkani, Goan 300
Telugu 300 Haroti: Harauti 70
Konkani 60
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
0.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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