Yadav (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 129 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Ghosi 1,541,000
Kaonra 671,000
Jadubans 629,000
Nandbans 559,000
Kamariha 426,000
Gamel 264,000
Bhirgudi 196,000
Gujar 56,000
Kadu 48,000
Uru 48,000

Introduction / History

In earlier times the Yadav were called Ahir. The name Ahir is derived from 'Abhira', which is an immigrant tribe found in inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. The Abhira appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. They are spoken of as robbers and foreigners. They claim connection to the god Krishna, since he was a herdsman. In most places they don't use the name Ahir anymore and the most common name is Yadav or Yadava.

It's easy to find out who a Yadav is. Just ask them their name and they will tell you their first name followed by their title which is always Yadav.

The Yadav are a caste comprising of dairymen, cattle producers, and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling its products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders.


Where Are they Located?

They live almost all over India and in southern Nepal. The highest concentration is in the states Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (north India) but also in east, west and south India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yadav live in joint families. Most are vegetarian but many have started eating fish, mutton, chicken and sometimes pork, but not beef. Child labor is common among them.

The Yadav participate in local traditional and socio-religious festivals. They have expertise in oral traditions and group singing in praise of the god Vishnu, Krishna or one of the many other gods that they worship. Similarly, they are good in musical dance, wrestling and mock-fighting with swords. Boys are favored for formal education. They are known to have more faith in astrology and talismans rather than in the services of a doctor. They often pray to Singaji for the protection of their cattle from disease and often give thank offerings of butter, unripe mangoes and sugar.


What Are Their Needs?

They are in need to hear about the way of salvation. Most of the Yadav die never hearing the name of Jesus once in a lifetime!

But also life, lifestyle and living standard are changing all over the nation. The next generation will need to get other kinds of jobs. To get those jobs they need education but proper education is missing in many places.

More than 12 million live in Bihar. Every year Bihar knows major floods, killing hundreds of people, leaving millions homeless. They are badly in need of Christian relief workers who can give them more than food, clothes and medicines.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the salvation of the Yadav people.
* Pray for short and long term workers / teams to come and pioneer new ministries among them.
* Pray for new focused evangelism and church planting ministries.
* Pray for literacy and community development work.
* Pray for the practice of child labor to end.
* Pray for education to be made available to girls as well to the boys.


Profile Source:   God Loves Yadav 

Prayer / Resource Links:
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MFAN / YWAM Ministries
The Yadav for the Glory of God
People Name General Yadav (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 58,708,000
World Population 59,971,600
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1174
Alternate Names Abhir, Adav, Adavigolla, Aharwar, Ahir, Ahirani, Ahir-Goala, Asthanagolla, Ayar, Ayar-Boricha, Baredi, Brajwari, Chosh, Couli, Dhangar, Erumakar, Gaolan, Gaoli, Gauvali, Gawal, Gawli, Gayla, Ghasi, Ghosh, Goala, Gol, Gola, Golar, Golkar, Golla, Gollewar, Gop, Gopa, Gopali, Gope, Gopi, Gosangi, Gouli, Gowala, Gullar, Gwal, Gwala, Hir, Idaiyan, Idaiyar, Idayar, Iruman, Jadav, Ji, Kolaya, Konar, Konarulu, Makhar, Muniyani, Pillai, Rai, Rao, Rao Saheb, Rao Sahib, Raut, Reo Saheb, Sadgoala, Sadgope, Sargope, Yadav, Yadava, Yadha, Yadhava, Yadukulum, यादव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16187
ROP3 Code 111292
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 129 (only 15 largest shown)
  Ghosi 1,541,000
  Kaonra 671,000
  Jadubans 629,000
  Nandbans 559,000
  Kamariha 426,000
  Gamel 264,000
  Bhirgudi 196,000
  Gujar 56,000
  Kadu 48,000
  Uru 48,000
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 35
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
14,083,000
Bihar
13,750,000
Andhra Pradesh
5,251,000
West Bengal
4,164,000
Odisha
3,383,000
Tamil Nadu
3,002,000
Jharkhand
2,573,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,494,000
Telangana
2,112,000
Chhattisgarh
2,067,000
Maharashtra
1,309,000
Karnataka
982,000
Rajasthan
908,000
Gujarat
810,000
Haryana
737,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 35  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 14,083,000
  Bihar 13,750,000
  Andhra Pradesh 5,251,000
  West Bengal 4,164,000
  Odisha 3,383,000
  Tamil Nadu 3,002,000
  Jharkhand 2,573,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,494,000
  Telangana 2,112,000
  Chhattisgarh 2,067,000
  Maharashtra 1,309,000
  Karnataka 982,000
  Rajasthan 908,000
  Gujarat 810,000
  Haryana 737,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (25,135,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 75
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
7,682,000
Bhojpuri
6,964,000
Bengali
4,058,000
Odia
2,655,000
Tamil
2,565,000
Chhattisgarhi
1,584,000
Maithili
1,068,000
Marathi
997,000
Kannada
916,000
Magahi
873,000
Awadhi
849,000
Kanauji
739,000
Gujarati
718,000
Assamese
240,000
Dhundari
213,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (25,135,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 75
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 7,682,000
  Bhojpuri 6,964,000
  Bengali 4,058,000
  Odia 2,655,000
  Tamil 2,565,000
  Chhattisgarhi 1,584,000
  Maithili 1,068,000
  Marathi 997,000
  Kannada 916,000
  Magahi 873,000
  Awadhi 849,000
  Kanauji 739,000
  Gujarati 718,000
  Assamese 240,000
  Dhundari 213,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source God Loves Yadav 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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