Shenva, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Shenva, Hindu only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Shenva are a Scheduled Caste in the state of Gujarat, which entitles them to certain government benefits. They are mainly landless laborers. They make mats and brooms out of leaves of wild date-palm and small ropes from the fiber of hibiscus esculentus. They also remove carcasses and skin them, a very degrading job. The community has clan deities who are worshipped on festivities and during life-cycle ceremonies. Some in the community are followers of Ram Dev Pir.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, or understood. Please pray the Lord will give these people understanding as the Gospel comes to them.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for workers to come to the Hindu Shenva people, workers who are able to communicate well the good news about Jesus Christ. Pray for their encouragement and protection and provision.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A small number of the Shenva people have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. This is very encouraging. Please pray these Christians will be properly instructed in the ways of Christ, and will live holy lives in the power of the Lord's Spirit. Pray they will represent Christ well to their families and friends.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for better employment opportunities for these people. They also need to improve their vocational skills so they will be qualified for these better positions.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Shenva, Hindu
People Name in Country Shenva, Hindu
Population in India 120,000
World Population 120,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chenva, Ravat, Sedma, Sedna Shenma, Sendhava, Senva, Senwa, Shenva, Shindhva, Shingadya, Shingdav, Sindhava
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Shenva, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 18086
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)
Gujarat (118,000) Rajasthan (1,700) Maharashtra (1,100) Daman and Diu (90)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (118,000) Rajasthan (1,700)
Maharashtra (1,100) Daman and Diu (90)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (116,000) Hindi (3,200) Mewari (700) Marathi (400)
Urdu (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 116,000 Hindi 3,200
Mewari 700 Marathi 400
Urdu 30

For Main Lanugage: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.98 %
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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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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