Koli Mahadev in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Koli people are also called Dongar or Raj Koli. Generally 'Koli' means a fisherman but the Koli people's primary occupation is agriculture. The Mahadev Koli derive their name from their god Mahadev and live in the Mahadev hills of Maharashtra. They are found mostly in the Pune, Ahmednagar and Nasik districts of Maharashtra. They speak Marathi and use the Devanagari script.

Their staple food consists of rice, nagli, varai and wheat. Other than agriculture they are also involved in cattle breeding, dairy and poultry farming and wage labour as subsidiary occupations.

There are twenty-four exogamous clans among the Mahadev Koli and they use their clan's names as their surnames. Members of each clan have their own deity.

They resemble the Kunbi and the Maratha communities in matters of dress and appearance. They live in nuclear families. Bride price plays an important part in the marriage. The marriage ceremony lasts for three to four days. Divorce and remarriage are allowed. The dead are buried, but in some cases cremation is also practiced.

Most of the Mahadev Koli follow a number of Hindu traditions. The percentage of literacy among the Mahadev Koli is 30.

Alternate Names: Koli Mahadev, Dholi, Malhar, Talapada, Chunvalia

Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the people of the Mahadev Koli community.
* For more literacy and development programs.

Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Koli Mahadev
People Name in Country Koli Mahadev
Population in India 1,615,000
World Population 1,631,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dongar Koli, Maideo, Raj Koli
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Koli Mahadev
Ethnic Code CNN25j
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
Marathi (1,406,000) Gujarati (81,000) Kannada (36,000) Konkani, Goan (29,000)
Hindi (27,000) Konkani (25,000) Telugu (12,000) Ahirani (3,700)
Khandesi (1,400) Sindhi (1,100) Gondi, Northern (600) Nimadi (600)
Bhili (500) Urdu (300) Dhanki (200) Tamil (70)
Malayalam (60) Oriya (50) Tulu (40) Halbi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 1,406,000 Gujarati 81,000
Kannada 36,000 Konkani, Goan 29,000
Hindi 27,000 Konkani 25,000
Telugu 12,000 Ahirani 3,700
Khandesi 1,400 Sindhi 1,100
Gondi, Northern 600 Nimadi 600
Bhili 500 Urdu 300
Dhanki 200 Tamil 70
Malayalam 60 Oriya 50
Tulu 40 Halbi 40
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1807-1957)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1982)
Complete Bible Yes   (1821-2002)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
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 Marathi
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.22 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.60 %
0.02 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.11 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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