Koli Dhor in India

Joshua Project has identified the Koli Dhor only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



A Scheduled Tribe, the Koli Dhor have derived their name from the word dhor, meaning cattle. The Koli Dhor are divided into two endogamous (marry within) occupational divisions, namely Dhor Koli and Tokra Koli, and each is divided into various clans. Their traditional vocation has been the tanning of cattle hides, but today many are involved with other agricultural pursuits. Community control is accomplished jointly by the community head and the village heads, both being hereditary positions. Their religion combines some traditional as well as Hindu elements.

Ministry Obstacles

Lack of access to the Gospel by most of these people is an ongoing problem.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray the followers of Christ among this community will become strong enough and numerous enough to effectively take the good news of Jesus to the entire people group.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Several hundred Koli Dhor have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these people will be nurtured by the Lord's Spirit and that they will grow to become Christ-like in character, representing him well.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this large tribe will be sent missionaries to help them learn of Christ.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Koli Dhor
People Name in Country Koli Dhor
Population in India 348,000
World Population 348,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dhor, Dhor Koli, Kolachi, Kolca, Kolcha, Kolga, Kolgha, Korgha, Korh, Kori, Naik Koli, Tokra Koli, Tokre Koli
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Koli Dhor
Ethnic Code CNN25j
People ID 17129
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:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (176,000) Karnataka (103,000) Gujarat (62,000) Rajasthan (4,700)
Dadra and Nagar Have (1,700) Daman and Diu (800) Telangana (800) Madhya Pradesh (200)
Delhi (90) Andhra Pradesh (70) Tamil Nadu (70) Kerala (50)
Goa (30) Chhattisgarh (20)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (176,000) Karnataka (103,000)
Gujarat (62,000) Rajasthan (4,700)
Dadra and Nagar Have (1,700) Daman and Diu (800)
Telangana (800) Madhya Pradesh (200)
Delhi (90) Andhra Pradesh (70)
Tamil Nadu (70) Kerala (50)
Goa (30) Chhattisgarh (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marathi (107,000) Kannada (86,000) Gujarati (54,000) Khandesi (41,000)
Ahirani (26,000) Telugu (13,000) Bhili (6,600) Hindi (2,900)
Konkani (2,500) Bengali (1,700) Dhundari (1,300) Marwari (600)
Mewari (200) Merwari (200) Urdu (200) Gondi, Southern (200)
Gondi, Northern (50) Kachchi (30) Oriya (30) Konkani, Goan (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 107,000 Kannada 86,000
Gujarati 54,000 Khandesi 41,000
Ahirani 26,000 Telugu 13,000
Bhili 6,600 Hindi 2,900
Konkani 2,500 Bengali 1,700
Dhundari 1,300 Marwari 600
Mewari 200 Merwari 200
Urdu 200 Gondi, Southern 200
Gondi, Northern 50 Kachchi 30
Oriya 30 Konkani, Goan 30
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
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.94 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.73 %
0.25 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.04 %

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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