Patwa, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Patwa, Hindu only in India






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Main Language


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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 Brahman 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.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Patwa, Hindu
People Name in Country Patwa, Hindu
Population in India 246,000
World Population 246,000
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
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 (139,000) Bihar (54,000) Madhya Pradesh (34,000) Chhattisgarh (9,200)
West Bengal (8,300) Maharashtra (5,200) Delhi (4,100) Odisha (2,000)
Uttarakhand (1,400) Jharkhand (1,000) Gujarat (10)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (139,000) Bihar (54,000)
Madhya Pradesh (34,000) Chhattisgarh (9,200)
West Bengal (8,300) Maharashtra (5,200)
Delhi (4,100) Odisha (2,000)
Uttarakhand (1,400) Jharkhand (1,000)
Gujarat (10)
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 Main Lanugage: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
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  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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