Pherera, Hindu traditions in India

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






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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.

Ministry Obstacles

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.

Outreach Ideas

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.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pherera, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Pherera, Hindu traditions
Population in India 3,600
World Population 3,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Phar, Pharaho, Pharera, Pherera, Phrera, Phrere
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (1,900) Punjab (1,300) Haryana (400) Chandigarh (10)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (1,900) Punjab (1,300)
Haryana (400) Chandigarh (10)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dogri (1,600) Mandeali (700) Kangri (700) Hindi (500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dogri 1,600 Mandeali 700
Kangri 700 Hindi 500
For Primary Language: Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1883-1971)
New Testament Yes   (1826)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Dogri Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Oral Bible stories in Dogri Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
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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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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