Koli Mahadev in Pakistan






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 Pakistan 17,000
World Population 1,705,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dongar, Dongar Koli, Maahadev, Mahadeo, Mahadew, Maideo, Raj Koli
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Koli Mahadev
Ethnic Code CNN25j
People ID 17210
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (17,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (17,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Koli, Parkari (7,200) Sindhi (3,000) Koli, Kachi (2,300) Saraiki (1,400)
Dhatki (1,100) Koli, Wadiyara (900) Gurgula (200) Kachchi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Koli, Parkari 7,200 Sindhi 3,000
Koli, Kachi 2,300 Saraiki 1,400
Dhatki 1,100 Koli, Wadiyara 900
Gurgula 200 Kachchi 50
For Primary Language: Koli, Parkari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (1996)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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0.00 %
Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
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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