Garoda, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Garoda, Hindu only in India






Largest Religion

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 The earlier practice of child marriage has been replaced by adult marriage.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
People Name in Country Garoda, Hindu
Population in India 142,000
World Population 142,000
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Garoda, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 16794
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 (91,000) Rajasthan (50,000) 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 (91,000) Rajasthan (50,000)
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 Main Lanugage: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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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