Kaora in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kaora people have a legend that they evolved out of a kaya, meaning shadow, and their name is a derivative of this word.

Where are they Located?

These people live mainly in India’s state of West Bengal, but they are also distributed in other parts of the country (see map). Like most people in West Bengal, they speak Bengali.

What are Their Lives Like?

The Kaora people are mostly landless. They work as agricultural laborers and fish cultivators. Some raise pigs and goats while others are drummers, rickshaw-pullers or palanquin-bearers. They do not have many educational opportunities, and they suffer from illiteracy.

Common surnames among them include Kahar, Mandal, and Paramanik. Their girls get married between the ages of 12-16, and boys are married between 20-25. Women have very low status in Kaora communities.

What are Their Beliefs?

The Kaora people are entirely Hindu, and they worship a variety of Hindu gods and goddesses. They go to the same temples as other communities.

What are Their Needs?

Christ followers could help the Kaora people develop their own fisheries and fish ponds. We could also help them increase their literacy rate by offering tutoring and schooling.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Hindu gods will be discredited and that Christ will be lifted high among the Kaora people.
* Pray that the principalities and powers of the air that confuse them will be bound so that the light of Jesus may enter their lives.
* Pray that God will raise up His ambassadors to go to them with the gospel.
* Pray that Bengali Christian materials will find their way into Kaora homes.

People Name General Kaora
People Name in Country Kaora
Population in India 373,000
World Population 378,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kahar, Kawra, Keora, Kora
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Kaora
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali (357,000) Hindi (17,000) Oriya (600) Maithili (300)
Andaman Creole Hindi (200) Kannada (60)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 357,000 Hindi 17,000
Oriya 600 Maithili 300
Andaman Creole Hindi 200 Kannada 60
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations

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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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