Kharva, Hindu in India



Population

389,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

The primary occupation of the Kharvi has been salt extraction and preparation. Others are involved with farming, and some are fishermen. The necklace and colored powder worn as a dot on the forehead (kumkum) are the symbols of a married woman. The dead are cremated but children below eighteen months of age are buried. On the thirteenth day, balls of rice cooked in milk are offered to the dead. They usually maintain close and cordial social relations with neighboring communities. Their deities are Shakti, Mahakali Katyayani, and Bhuvaneshwari. Some are followers of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism.


Ministry Obstacles

The Hindu Kharva community speaks several languages in India, as do most people groups in South Asia. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language subgroup.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray that Christian evangelists and church planters will be sent to the Hindu Kharva people in the Lord's timing.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray those who will soon come to faith in Christ will be quick to confess sin when it occurs, and will learn to live in the power of the Lord's Spirit, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Kharva community will be completely set free from worshipping deities that have no power to bring good into the lives of the people, and instead will be brought into the dominion of the creator God who loves them.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kharva, Hindu
People Name in Country Kharva, Hindu
Population in India 389,000
World Population 390,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kharvi, Kharwa, Khavas, Khawas, Konkan Kharvi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Kharva, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 17156
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  20  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (165,000) Maharashtra (139,000) Karnataka (33,000) Madhya Pradesh (15,000)
Goa (11,000) Telangana (5,700) Tamil Nadu (1,000) Andhra Pradesh (700)
Chhattisgarh (500) Daman and Diu (400) Kerala (300) Dadra and Nagar Have (300)
Uttar Pradesh (200) Delhi (200) Rajasthan (200) Jharkhand (70)
West Bengal (60) Assam (40) Haryana (30) Punjab (20)
Total States on file:  20  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (165,000) Maharashtra (139,000)
Karnataka (33,000) Madhya Pradesh (15,000)
Goa (11,000) Telangana (5,700)
Tamil Nadu (1,000) Andhra Pradesh (700)
Chhattisgarh (500) Daman and Diu (400)
Kerala (300) Dadra and Nagar Have (300)
Uttar Pradesh (200) Delhi (200)
Rajasthan (200) Jharkhand (70)
West Bengal (60) Assam (40)
Haryana (30) Punjab (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (165,000) Marathi (98,000) Konkani (40,000) Konkani, Goan (30,000)
Kannada (16,000) Hindi (16,000) Telugu (2,100) Nimadi (1,600)
Marwari (300) Indo-Portuguese (300) Chhattisgarhi (100) Ahirani (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 165,000 Marathi 98,000
Konkani 40,000 Konkani, Goan 30,000
Kannada 16,000 Hindi 16,000
Telugu 2,100 Nimadi 1,600
Marwari 300 Indo-Portuguese 300
Chhattisgarhi 100 Ahirani 50
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
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

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.77 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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