Kaparia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kaparia only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kaparia were traditionally beggers who begged for alms while dressed as pious sadhus. Their name came from the Hindi word for cloth which is kapra. They were associated with cloth because some of them sold old clothes.

Where Are they Located?

Most of these peope either live in Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh, two of India's most unreached states.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are now efforts to get the Kaparia people to get away from begging, though some of them still beg, usually in train stations. Some of them are now cultivate the land or tend cattle. A very high percentage of them are rural.

The Kaparia people have all the signs of poverty and the trappings that keep them poor. They do not like to have their girls get an education, and their boys usually drop out of school for economic reasons. They have little interest in saving money, though they do not get economically trapped by moneylenders.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are entirely Hindu and they worship many gods and goddesses. Like many Hindu communities, they depend on Brahmin priests to officiate their weddings. Because they live in the most unreached states of India, the Kaparia people are at a grave disadvantage when it comes to having a chance to hear the gospel. However, they speak Hindi, a widely spoken language that has just about all Christian resources including the Bible and the JESUS Film.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kaparia people need someone to help them move above their dire economic plight. They need to learn modern skills to help them rise above begging and working as common farm workers.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Kaparia people will soon have a hunger for truth and righteousness that will lead them to Christ.
* Pray for someone to distribute Christian materials in Hindi among them.
* Pray for believers with marketable skills to teach the Kaparia people so that they can be raised up economically.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-06
Video Links:
A Pilgrimage
People Name General Kaparia
People Name in Country Kaparia
Population in India 26,000
World Population 26,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Brahmabhat, Gosain, Kapadia, Kapariya, Khaira, Khunkhunia Bhat, Khunkhuniya Bhat, Pataro, Rao Bhat, Sansi, Sanyasi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kaparia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17088
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (21,000) Rajasthan (3,900) West Bengal (800) Uttarakhand (300)
Delhi (200) Tripura (100) Haryana (50) Karnataka (20)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (21,000) Rajasthan (3,900)
West Bengal (800) Uttarakhand (300)
Delhi (200) Tripura (100)
Haryana (50) Karnataka (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (16,000) Kanauji (4,900) Bagri (1,200) Bengali (900)
Awadhi (600) Marwari (500) Bhojpuri (400) Dhundari (400)
Garhwali (300) Mewari (100) Merwari (100) Shekhawati (80)
Kumaoni (70) Haroti: Harauti (50) Bundeli (30) Kodava (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 16,000 Kanauji 4,900
Bagri 1,200 Bengali 900
Awadhi 600 Marwari 500
Bhojpuri 400 Dhundari 400
Garhwali 300 Mewari 100
Merwari 100 Shekhawati 80
Kumaoni 70 Haroti: Harauti 50
Bundeli 30 Kodava 20
Oriya 0
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
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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: Create International   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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