The traditional occupation of the Pherera is the dying of cloth. However, many are now engaged in other vocations, such as tailoring and government service. Bankhandi Devi is their patron deity. Guga, Balak Nath, Kaleshwar Mahadev, Jawalamukhi, Bajarangbali, Narain and Shiva are some of their village and regional deities. Traditionally, the Rajput and Brahmin communities do not eat with the Pherera in their social gatherings, and the Pherera do not eat with the Chamar, Dumna and other such communities. The Muslim Pherera migrated to Pakistan during the Partition of 1947.
Many of the Pherera live in Himachal Pradesh, the "land of the gods" and a center for Hindu pilgrimages. There is much devotion to idols in this state.
Please pray the Lord will soon send additional workers to take the good news of Jesus to the castes and tribes of northern India. The needs are very great.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
It is unlikely there any Christians within this small community in northern India. However, Revelation 5:9 indicates there will be Christians one day, and we can begin praying for them.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Please pray this small people group will not be overlooked by evangelists and church planters.
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