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 399,000
World Population 399,000
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 (173,000) Gujarat (124,000) Karnataka (101,000) Rajasthan (4,600)
Dadra and Nagar Have (2,700) Telangana (800) Daman and Diu (600) Madhya Pradesh (200)
Delhi (90) Tamil Nadu (70) Andhra Pradesh (70) Kerala (50)
Goa (30) Chhattisgarh (20)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (173,000) Gujarat (124,000)
Karnataka (101,000) Rajasthan (4,600)
Dadra and Nagar Have (2,700) Telangana (800)
Daman and Diu (600) Madhya Pradesh (200)
Delhi (90) Tamil Nadu (70)
Andhra Pradesh (70) Kerala (50)
Goa (30) Chhattisgarh (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (116,000) Marathi (107,000) Kannada (86,000) Khandesi (41,000)
Ahirani (26,000) Telugu (13,000) Bhili (7,300) Hindi (3,400)
Konkani (2,500) Bengali (1,700) Dhundari (1,300) Marwari (600)
Kachchi (300) Mewari (200) Merwari (200) Urdu (200)
Gondi, Southern (200) Dhanki (100) Gondi, Northern (50) Oriya (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 116,000 Marathi 107,000
Kannada 86,000 Khandesi 41,000
Ahirani 26,000 Telugu 13,000
Bhili 7,300 Hindi 3,400
Konkani 2,500 Bengali 1,700
Dhundari 1,300 Marwari 600
Kachchi 300 Mewari 200
Merwari 200 Urdu 200
Gondi, Southern 200 Dhanki 100
Gondi, Northern 50 Oriya 30

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
0.03 %
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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