Lakhera in India

Joshua Project has identified the Lakhera only in India






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The Lakhera are said to originate from lord Shiva, who created them to prepare bangles (bracelets, etc.) for his wife, Parvati. The Lakhera have traditionally been workers in glass, creating bracelets and similar items for sale. However, at present they are engaged in many other vocations as well. Some of the people worship lord Shiva, while others worship lord Vishnu. Others are involved in ancestor worship. Circling the sacred fire seven times is the most important marriage ritual. They sometimes worship tools they use in their trades. They traditionally exchange food and water with neighboring communities except the Churha, Chamar, Balmiki and Dhanak, which they consider below themselves in social rank.

Ministry Obstacles

There has been strong resistance to the Gospel in some areas of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the states where most Lakhera reside.

Outreach Ideas

There are followers of Jesus within other people groups not terribly distant from the Lakhera people. Pray that some will be given a desire to tell the Lakhera community about the savior, Jesus Christ. Pray for the resources they will need, and for a welcome from the Lakhera.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Jesus among the Lakhera, although there is the possibility of a few secret believers. Pray for any secret believers, that they will be nurtured and protected by the Lord's Spirit. Pray they will be able to fellowship together.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Lord will send workers to the Lakhera who will be able to tell them accurately of the creator God and his son, Jesus the Messiah. Pray they will be given understanding and faith to believe.

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People Name General Lakhera
People Name in Country Lakhera
Population in India 188,000
World Population 188,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chhan, Churigar, Churihar, Churihara, Churiwala, Kachera, Kanihar, Lahari, Lakhara, Lakhari, Lakheri, Lakhpati, Lakhwara, Lakshkar, Laktar, Maniar, Maniara, Manihar, Manyar, Paniar, Panihae, Panihar, Shishgar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Lakhera
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17445
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:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (64,000) Uttar Pradesh (41,000) Haryana (35,000) Delhi (29,000)
Bihar (7,700) Rajasthan (4,000) Punjab (2,600) Gujarat (2,200)
Maharashtra (1,100) Himachal Pradesh (500) Chhattisgarh (500) Odisha (400)
Jharkhand (200) Chandigarh (100) Karnataka (20) West Bengal (20)
Telangana (10)
Total States on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (64,000) Uttar Pradesh (41,000)
Haryana (35,000) Delhi (29,000)
Bihar (7,700) Rajasthan (4,000)
Punjab (2,600) Gujarat (2,200)
Maharashtra (1,100) Himachal Pradesh (500)
Chhattisgarh (500) Odisha (400)
Jharkhand (200) Chandigarh (100)
Karnataka (20) West Bengal (20)
Telangana (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  23  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (150,000) Bhojpuri (10,000) Haryanvi (5,400) Panjabi, Eastern (4,100)
Marwari (3,500) Bundeli (3,300) Gujarati (1,900) Malvi (1,400)
Bagri (600) Mewari (600) Dhundari (600) Maithili (500)
Merwari (400) Bagheli (300) Awadhi (300) Oriya (300)
Kanauji (200) Kangri (200) Bilaspuri (200) Nimadi (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 150,000 Bhojpuri 10,000
Haryanvi 5,400 Panjabi, Eastern 4,100
Marwari 3,500 Bundeli 3,300
Gujarati 1,900 Malvi 1,400
Bagri 600 Mewari 600
Dhundari 600 Maithili 500
Merwari 400 Bagheli 300
Awadhi 300 Oriya 300
Kanauji 200 Kangri 200
Bilaspuri 200 Nimadi 100
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.87 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.13 %
0.00 %

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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