Varli in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Varli of India are a Scheduled Tribe living mostly in the Nashik region, the Thane region and the Dhule region in the state of Maharashtra. Some also live in the Valsad region in the state of Gujarat and in Daman and Diu and in Dadra and Nagar Haveli which are Indian Union territories in the west of India. The Varli are also called Warli.

The Varli speak in a language that is from the southern zone of the Indo Aryan tribal languages and it is not a written language. The name Warli comes from Warla which means a field or piece of land. The main work of the Varli is in agriculture and that which is related to it. They have been growing sufficient crops.

It is easy to find tribal peoples in the west of India and one of them is the Varli.

What are Their Lives Like?

The Varli have festivals they celebrate during the year. They add their local culture to them. They celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights with much enjoyment and they call it Barash. Another festival they have is Kali Puja after the season of crop harvesting. They celebrate festivals with enthusiasm. The Varli have provided a lot through Warli paintings to Indian tribal art and they are nature influenced.

With regards the paintings of the Varli, male gods are not common and they prefer to paint female goddesses. The scenes in them show farming, hunting, fishing, festivals, animals and other forms of nature. They only use the color white for their paintings. Wall paintings are only done on special occasions like harvests and weddings.

Prayer Points

Pray the day will come when they celebrate Jesus Christ with enthusiasm.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Varli
People Name in Country Varli
Population in India 1,073,000
World Population 1,077,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Varli
Ethnic Code CNN25j
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Varli (682,000) Marathi (315,000) Gujarati (36,000) Dhanki (21,000)
Konkani (19,000) Bhili (7,300) Hindi (1,400) Saurashtra (900)
Kannada (500) Telugu (300) Khandesi (100) Urdu (90)
Malayalam (50) Oriya (40) Nimadi (40) Tamil (30)
Kachchi (30) Panjabi, Eastern (20) Bengali (10) Tulu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Varli 682,000 Marathi 315,000
Gujarati 36,000 Dhanki 21,000
Konkani 19,000 Bhili 7,300
Hindi 1,400 Saurashtra 900
Kannada 500 Telugu 300
Khandesi 100 Urdu 90
Malayalam 50 Oriya 40
Nimadi 40 Tamil 30
Kachchi 30 Panjabi, Eastern 20
Bengali 10 Tulu 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2009)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.77 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.06 %
0.02 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.14 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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