Machhi, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Machhi, Hindu only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


The traditional occupation of the Machhi is fishing, which continues to be their primary source of livelihood. Child marriage is prevalent among the Machhi. Property is usually shared by the sons but a widow receives a 12% share of her husband's property. Their attitude towards formal education of both boys and girls is favorable.

Ministry Obstacles

The polytheistic worldview of the Hindu Macchi makes it difficult to accept a creator God who stands outside his creation, who created the universe at a point in time.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to present the person of Jesus Christ to the Macchi community. Films and recordings can be very helpful.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no one among the Hindu Macchi community today who knows and follows Christ. However, pray for those that the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will be faithful to fellowship together, and will be zealous to know and follow Christ. Pray they will live holy lives.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Machhi community to be able to properly support their families, having adequate incomes. Pray they will be able to adjust to the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Machhi, Hindu
People Name in Country Machhi, Hindu
Population in India 682,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bitna, Dhimar, Dhivar, Kahar, Khalasi, Kharwal, Machchhi, Machhiyara, Machhua, Mahigar, Mali, Mangela, Marar, Mucchia, Sarang, Tandel
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Machhi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati (237,000) Hindi (227,000) Marathi (94,000) Panjabi, Eastern (42,000)
Haryanvi (35,000) Konkani (23,000) Bagri (5,000) Kachchi (700)
Mandeali (200) Braj Bhasha (100) Dogri (40) Pahari, Mahasu (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 237,000 Hindi 227,000
Marathi 94,000 Panjabi, Eastern 42,000
Haryanvi 35,000 Konkani 23,000
Bagri 5,000 Kachchi 700
Mandeali 200 Braj Bhasha 100
Dogri 40 Pahari, Mahasu 30
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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