Lohar, Hindu traditions in Bangladesh






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The term Lohar is derived from the Sanskrit word lauha-kara, meaning an ironworker. They have traditionally been a nomadic group, traveling and living in carts. They have at least two endogamous (marry within) subgroups, Gadiwala and Padawala. Each of these subgroups has a number of clans. The Lohar attribute their origins to the god Vishwakarma, who gave them their blacksmithing skills and whom they worship. Their chief deity is Kalkamata, and they also worship Sitalamata and Ram Dev as regional deities. Sacred specialists are engaged from the Brahmin community. They tend to be fervent Hindus.

Ministry Obstacles

This large people group is spread throughout most all of South Asia, is somewhat nomadic, and speaks several languages. Many Christian workers and many initiatives will be required to communicate the message of Christ adequately to these people.

Outreach Ideas

The Lord can raise up the resources needed to reach the Lohar, and we need to pray he will do that. The task is too large for men alone.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

This people group lives throughout South Asia, and only in Nepal have a few Lohar identified themselves as Christians. Please pray for these Lohar Christians to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, sharing with God's people who are in need, and practicing hospitality.

Pray for the Entire People Group

A nomadic group such as the Lohar find it very difficult to properly educate their children, and often have little access to medical care. Please pray these problems can somehow be remedied.

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People Name General Lohar, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Lohar, Hindu traditions
Population in Bangladesh 195,000
World Population 9,562,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ahangar, Barhi, Battarha, Dodai, Dodo, Kamar, Kammara, Khar, Lohandia, Lohar, Loharia, Lohura, Lonar, Luhar, Luhara, Luharani, Mistri, Mistry, Nar, Ojali, Ojula, Ozulu, Panchal, Raj, Raj Mistri, Ramgarhia, Sandhan, Sejwani, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Silpkar, Sree Panchal, Sri Panchal, Thawai, Vishwakama, Vishwakarma, Viswabrahma, Viswakarma, Vojali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Lohar, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code AUG06b
People ID 17379
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (65,000) Rajshahi (35,000) Khulna (29,000) Chittagong (24,000)
Rangpur (23,000) Barisal (17,000)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (65,000) Rajshahi (35,000)
Khulna (29,000) Chittagong (24,000)
Rangpur (23,000) Barisal (17,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (164,000) Chittagonian (6,800) Sylheti (300) Kok Borok (70)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 164,000 Chittagonian 6,800
Sylheti 300 Kok Borok 70
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
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
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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