Machhi, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Machhi, Hindu only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



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
World Population 682,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bitna, Dhimar, Dhivar, Kahar, Khalasi, Kharva, Kharvi, Kharwal, Macchiyara, Machchhi, Machhi, Machhiyara, Machhua, Machiyar, Mahigar, Mali, Mangela, Marar, Mitna Machi, Mitra, Mucchia, Sarang, Tandel
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Machhi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 17502
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:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (246,000) Gujarat (239,000) Maharashtra (197,000) Punjab (40,000)
Chandigarh (2,200) Madhya Pradesh (1,000) Daman and Diu (1,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (500)
Himachal Pradesh (400) Jammu and Kashmir (40)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (246,000) Gujarat (239,000)
Maharashtra (197,000) Punjab (40,000)
Chandigarh (2,200) Madhya Pradesh (1,000)
Daman and Diu (1,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (500)
Himachal Pradesh (400) Jammu and Kashmir (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (268,000) Hindi (231,000) Marathi (123,000) Panjabi, Eastern (41,000)
Haryanvi (35,000) Konkani (27,000) 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 268,000 Hindi 231,000
Marathi 123,000 Panjabi, Eastern 41,000
Haryanvi 35,000 Konkani 27,000
Bagri 5,000 Kachchi 700
Mandeali 200 Braj Bhasha 100
Dogri 40 Pahari, Mahasu 30

For Main Lanugage: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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