The Targala (or Bhoviya) claim they are the descendants of an ex-communicated Brahman community. They have three subgroups, the Nayak, Bhojak (or Bhojai) and Voyas. These names are also used as surnames. Each subgroup is divided into a number of clans named after their ancestral homes. Inter-subgroup marriages are allowed, but they strictly adhere to community endogamy (marrying only within the caste). Vermilion, bracelets and toe-rings are symbols of marriage for women. They are Hindu, and their community goddess is Bahucharamata or Ambamata. They worship Bhubaneswari and Suleswari or Sulgamata as village deities. Traditionally, they accept food and water from higher castes such as the Brahman and Kshatriya, but not from the lower castes.
Most Targala live in the state of Gujarat, where many Hindu extremist groups are active.
There are Christian believers in Gujarat, in other people groups. Please pray these believers will develop a heart to take the message of Jesus throughout their state.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
Please pray for believers in the state of Gujarat, that they will live holy lives, honoring the Lord and being zealous in their service to him. Pray they will be protected from those who would harm them and their witness.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Pray the government of Gujarat will actively work to protect all religious minorities.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|