Pahari in Nepal

Joshua Project has identified the Pahari only in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Pahari live in the Kathmandu Valley, and are regarded as a low caste people by the local society. They previously owned land on a communal basis, but their rights to the land have been usurped by higher caste groups. Paharis have developed a class structure within their own caste. Those who eat beef have even become untouchables to other Paharis. The worship of clan deities is a special festival for these people. During the full moon period in November they sacrifice animals and chickens to the Earth God, whom they call the King of the Earth.

Ministry Obstacles

The Pahari have a long history of following false gods, such as the Earth God.

Outreach Ideas

The Church is growing in Nepal; increasing numbers of individuals are finding Jesus as savior. Pray the Lord will send Christians in other tribes to tell the Pahari of how they also can find new life in Jesus.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

It is not likely that any of the Pahari community follow Jesus Christ at this time. But we can pray for those who will soon become his disciples.

Pray for the Entire People Group

This low caste group is said to suffer from lack of identity, not knowing where they fit in the local caste system. Please pray they will soon come to Christ and find their identity in Him.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pahari
People Name in Country Pahari
Population in Nepal 14,000
World Population 14,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Pahari
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 19418
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (9,300) Narayani (1,900) Janakpur (1,700) Bheri (300)
Mahakali (300) Dhawalagiri (200) Gandaki (100) Seti (100)
Sagarmatha (80) Rapti (80) Kosi (40) Mechi (30)
Lumbini (20)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (9,300) Narayani (1,900)
Janakpur (1,700) Bheri (300)
Mahakali (300) Dhawalagiri (200)
Gandaki (100) Seti (100)
Sagarmatha (80) Rapti (80)
Kosi (40) Mechi (30)
Lumbini (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (10,000) Palpa (3,500) Dotyali (80) Wambule (70)
Newar: Newari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 10,000 Palpa 3,500
Dotyali 80 Wambule 70
Newar: Newari 10

For Main Lanugage: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Nepali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
22.68 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.27 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
74.63 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.41 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: University of Texas Map Collection  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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