Rathia, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rathia, Hindu only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar

Introduction / History

Tucked away in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh are the Rathi people. They believe that their origins are from Rathor, a Rajput clan. They speak Gadiali, a language which belongs to the Pahari group of the Indo-Aryan languages.

They earned their livelihood from agriculture and by rearing sheep. Women are also good weavers. The Rathi are non-vegetarian, and their staple cereals are maize, wheat and rice. Consumption of alcohol is common among the men.

Marriages are decided through negotiation and exchange. Polygamy is allowed, if the first wife does not bear a child. The Rathi usually live in extended families. Inter-community marriages are not encouraged by them. The dead are cremated and their ashes immersed in the river Ganga at Hardwar. However, children who die below the age of five are buried.

The Rathi worship various deities and some gods and goddesses of the wider Hindu pantheon. They share wells and other sources of crematoria, and visit the same religious shrines and participate in fairs and festivals with other communities of their area. Marriages, births, fairs and festivals are special occasions when they perform their own forms of music, dance and song.

Religion: Hindu

Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Rathi people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That they may leave idol worship and animism.
* For the Rathi men to be freed from alcohol addiction.

Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission

People Name General Rathia, Hindu
People Name in Country Rathia, Hindu
Population in India 701,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Rath, Rathi, Rathodia, Rato
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Rathia, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25z
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (185,000) Kangri (114,000) Marwari (98,000) Panjabi, Eastern (53,000)
Bhattiyali (51,000) Churahi (49,000) Mandeali (44,000) Bagri (39,000)
Chambeali (24,000) Malvi (9,600) Sindhi (7,300) Gaddi (6,900)
Bilaspuri (5,400) Pahari, Mahasu (3,300) Pahari, Kullu (3,000) Nimadi (2,400)
Shekhawati (2,300) Dhundari (1,300) Merwari (1,000) Dogri (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 185,000 Kangri 114,000
Marwari 98,000 Panjabi, Eastern 53,000
Bhattiyali 51,000 Churahi 49,000
Mandeali 44,000 Bagri 39,000
Chambeali 24,000 Malvi 9,600
Sindhi 7,300 Gaddi 6,900
Bilaspuri 5,400 Pahari, Mahasu 3,300
Pahari, Kullu 3,000 Nimadi 2,400
Shekhawati 2,300 Dhundari 1,300
Merwari 1,000 Dogri 600
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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