Patwa, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Patwa, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The community name, Patwa, is associated with the making of woven cloth. Clans (gotras) and lineages exist within the Patwa community. Clans regulate marriage alliances, and lineages trace ancestries. Marriages rarely occur outside the Patwa community. Vermilion (red pigment) on the forehead, glass bracelets, and toe-rings are symbols of married women. 40 days after a male child is born the mother goes to worship a well, and brings water from the well. This ceremony is called Kuanpuja. Marriage rituals are performed by a Brahmin priest according to Vedic traditions at the bride's home, and may include worship of a village deity and circling the sacred pole seven times. Child marriage is not uncommon.

Ministry Obstacles

Most of the Patwa people live in northern India, an area that historically has been quite resistant to the Gospel.

Outreach Ideas

Much focused, sustained prayer is needed for the castes and tribes of India. Perhaps the Lord will raise up multiplied thousands of prayer groups for this purpose. The needs are very great.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no followers of Jesus Christ today among the Hindu Patwa people group. However, we should pray for those who will one day come to saving faith in Jesus. Pray they will not succumb to social pressure and revert back to Hinduism. Pray that teachers will be sent to help them.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Lord will send workers soon to the Patwa people, workers who will be both accepted and understood. Pray for a church planting movement to be birthed.

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People Name General Patwa, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Patwa, Hindu traditions
Population in India 262,000
World Population 262,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Deobansi, Patahar, Patahra, Patava, Patewah, Patka, Patkan, Patkar, Patki, Patlia, Patoi, Patua, Patwa
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Patwa, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17860
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:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (141,000) Bihar (54,000) Madhya Pradesh (35,000) Chhattisgarh (9,300)
West Bengal (8,400) Maharashtra (5,200) Delhi (4,200) Odisha (2,100)
Uttarakhand (1,400) Jharkhand (1,000) Gujarat (20)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (141,000) Bihar (54,000)
Madhya Pradesh (35,000) Chhattisgarh (9,300)
West Bengal (8,400) Maharashtra (5,200)
Delhi (4,200) Odisha (2,100)
Uttarakhand (1,400) Jharkhand (1,000)
Gujarat (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (154,000) Bhojpuri (47,000) Awadhi (15,000) Magahi (6,900)
Chhattisgarhi (6,400) Bengali (5,500) Kanauji (5,400) Maithili (5,400)
Marathi (3,900) Bundeli (2,400) Oriya (1,900) Bagheli (900)
Garhwali (400) Kumaoni (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 154,000 Bhojpuri 47,000
Awadhi 15,000 Magahi 6,900
Chhattisgarhi 6,400 Bengali 5,500
Kanauji 5,400 Maithili 5,400
Marathi 3,900 Bundeli 2,400
Oriya 1,900 Bagheli 900
Garhwali 400 Kumaoni 200
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
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.92 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.08 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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