Padharia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Padharia only in India






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Main Language



The Padharia (or Padhar) are a community (people group) of Gujarat. They are a Scheduled Tribe in this state. The caste name identifies them as those who eat the root of a certain plant. The majority are landless agricultural laborers, and some are commercial fishermen and trappers. They are divided into several clans, and marriages occur across clans. Each clan has its own leader, or headman, and each village has a "patel", who resolves disputes at the village level. They are Hindus.

Ministry Obstacles

There is almost always spiritual opposition and opposition from men to the Gospel, but the Lord can overcome all opposition as people trust him.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for the Padharia who are self-professing Christians to gain a vision for reaching all of their own people group with the good news about Jesus Christ. Pray they will communicate the Gospel message clearly and accurately, not mixing it with teachings or concepts from their earlier religion.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few of the Padharia people have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census, which is quite encouraging. Please pray these Christians will understand their need to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, inviting him to enter their lives and forgive them of their sins. Pray they will be willing to become obedient disciples of Jesus.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for all in the Padharia community to hunger to find a savior, one who can forgive their sins, offer them assurance of eternal life, and love them. This is very different than what the gods of Hinduism offer.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Padharia
People Name in Country Padharia
Population in India 25,000
World Population 25,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Padhar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Padharia
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 17807
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:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (25,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (25,000)

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (25,000) Marathi (200) Hindi (50) Bhili (30)
Dhanki (20) Telugu (10) Kachchi Malayalam
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 25,000 Marathi 200
Hindi 50 Bhili 30
Dhanki 20 Telugu 10
Kachchi 10 Malayalam 0
Konkani 0

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 %)
0.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.83 %
0.04 %
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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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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