Ager, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Ager, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Ager people's name comes from the word "agara" meaning "salt pan." They are salt manufacturers who live mainly in certain coastal districts of Karnataka, though some live further north in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Many of them use their community name as a surname, so anyone who calls themselves Ager is probably from this salt-making community. Few of them own land. Though they eat wheat and rice as their staple cereals, the Ager people enjoy fish and wild game when they get a chance to eat it.

They only practice adult marriage. The bride price and dowry are paid both in cash and goods. After the marriage, the couple lives close to the groom's family. Everyone in an Ager family might work; men, women and children.

The Agers are Hindus who worship a number of local and regional gods and celebrate Hindu festivals. Some consult witchdoctors. This community is open to having their children educated, but they often drop out. Missionaries have provided them with medical care and educational opportunities. Thanks to mission efforts, a few Ager people have embraced Christ, though the numbers are so small that they are still considered to be an unreached people group.


Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)

People Name General Ager, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Ager, Hindu traditions
Population in India 24,000
World Population 24,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agri, Kharwal, Mith Agri, Noongar, Sisodia Rajput
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Ager, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 19163
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:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (8,800) Maharashtra (7,400) Rajasthan (2,600) Gujarat (1,400)
Goa (1,300) Delhi (1,200) Uttar Pradesh (800) Dadra and Nagar Have (200)
Tamil Nadu (100) Uttarakhand (100) Punjab (80) West Bengal (20)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (8,800) Maharashtra (7,400)
Rajasthan (2,600) Gujarat (1,400)
Goa (1,300) Delhi (1,200)
Uttar Pradesh (800) Dadra and Nagar Have (200)
Tamil Nadu (100) Uttarakhand (100)
Punjab (80) West Bengal (20)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (6,800) Marathi (4,600) Hindi (3,200) Konkani, Goan (2,900)
Sindhi (2,100) Gujarati (1,700) Konkani (1,000) Kachchi (600)
Marwari (300) Dhundari (300) Panjabi, Eastern (60) Kumaoni (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 6,800 Marathi 4,600
Hindi 3,200 Konkani, Goan 2,900
Sindhi 2,100 Gujarati 1,700
Konkani 1,000 Kachchi 600
Marwari 300 Dhundari 300
Panjabi, Eastern 60 Kumaoni 50
Wagdi 10
For Primary Language: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kannada Film / Video
Kannada Bible stories Audio Recordings
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Kannada Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
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 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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