Machhi, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Machhi, Hindu traditions 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  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-20
People Name General Machhi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Machhi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 759,000
World Population 759,000
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
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)
Gujarat (263,000) Haryana (250,000) Maharashtra (199,000) Punjab (41,000)
Chandigarh (2,200) Daman and Diu (1,300) Madhya Pradesh (1,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (800)
Himachal Pradesh (400) Jammu and Kashmir (40)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (263,000) Haryana (250,000)
Maharashtra (199,000) Punjab (41,000)
Chandigarh (2,200) Daman and Diu (1,300)
Madhya Pradesh (1,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (800)
Himachal Pradesh (400) Jammu and Kashmir (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (289,000) Hindi (231,000) Marathi (123,000) Panjabi, Eastern (41,000)
Haryanvi (35,000) Konkani (27,000) Bagri (5,000) Kachchi (900)
Mandeali (200) Braj Bhasha (100) Dogri (40) Pahari, Mahasu (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 289,000 Hindi 231,000
Marathi 123,000 Panjabi, Eastern 41,000
Haryanvi 35,000 Konkani 27,000
Bagri 5,000 Kachchi 900
Mandeali 200 Braj Bhasha 100
Dogri 40 Pahari, Mahasu 30
For Primary Language: Gujarati

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

Major Religion Percent
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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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