Targala, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Targala, Hindu only in India






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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.

Ministry Obstacles

Most Targala live in the state of Gujarat, where many Hindu extremist groups are active.

Outreach Ideas

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  

People Name General Targala, Hindu
People Name in Country Targala, Hindu
Population in India 35,000
World Population 35,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhavaiya, Bhavaya, Bhayiya, Bhojak, Bhojja, Bhoviya, Nayak
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Targala, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 18220
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:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (33,000) Maharashtra (2,400) Karnataka (70) Dadra and Nagar Have (20)
Daman and Diu (10)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (33,000) Maharashtra (2,400)
Karnataka (70) Dadra and Nagar Have (20)
Daman and Diu (10)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (34,000) Hindi (1,300) Konkani (300) Kannada (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 34,000 Hindi 1,300
Konkani 300 Kannada 20

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 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.91 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.09 %
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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