Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Their name refers to them drawing objects and making toys, something many of them still do. The Chitari live in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh the Chitari speak, read and write in Telugu. In Maharashtra the Chitari speak Konkani and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chitari carve and paint wood items and then sell them. They make use of family welfare opportunities. On the death of the father, sons and unmarried daughters inherit the property. Divorced and bereaved men are allowed to marry again.


Although audio, visual and written Bible resources are available in the several languages Chitrakar speak, they remain unreached and unengaged.
What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chitrakar people need to accept Christ's offer for "life to the full" resulting in social and spiritual transformation.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian Christian believers will help the Chitari people to begin their own movement to Christ. Pray that gospel materials will become easily available to them. Pray for intercessors and workers. Pray for spiritual openness to the claims of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Chitrakar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Chitrakar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation CHEE-trah-gar
Alternate Names Arya Kshatriya; Badhai; Bannagara; Bindhan; Bowlekar; Chatarkheya; Chhatarkhai; Chitar; Chitara; Chitari; Chiter; Chitrakar; Chitrakar and Bindani or Bindhani.; Chitrakara; Chitrakari; Chitrakathi; Chitrakathi Joshi; Chittari; Cittari; Dalsingar; Gavali; Gudchitrakar; Gudigar; Harida; Haridas; Jadupati; Jadupeti; Jadupetia; Kundara; Kunder; Maharaja; Marathi Gavali; Mochi; Muchhi; Patua; Rachavar; Rachevar; Rajulu; Razu; Thakkar; चित्रकार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 73,000
Population all Countries 73,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16602
ROP3 Code 111808
ROP25 Code 301809
ROP25 Name Chitrakar
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 12
Largest States
Maharashtra
52,000
Odisha
12,000
West Bengal
3,800
Karnataka
2,700
Andhra Pradesh
700
Telangana
500
Madhya Pradesh
500
Jharkhand
300
Tamil Nadu
300
Bihar
100
Chandigarh
100
Andaman and Nicobar
10
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Maharashtra 52,000
  Odisha 12,000
  West Bengal 3,800
  Karnataka 2,700
  Andhra Pradesh 700
  Telangana 500
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Jharkhand 300
  Tamil Nadu 300
  Bihar 100
  Chandigarh 100
  Andaman and Nicobar 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.94 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Marathi (36,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Odia
10,000
Hindi
4,200
Konkani
3,600
Bengali
3,500
Kannada
2,500
Telugu
1,100
Konkani, Goan
400
Gujarati
300
Maithili
200
Khandesi
200
Tamil
80
Primary Language Marathi (36,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Odia 10,000
  Hindi 4,200
  Konkani 3,600
  Bengali 3,500
  Kannada 2,500
  Telugu 1,100
  Konkani, Goan 400
  Gujarati 300
  Maithili 200
  Khandesi 200
  Tamil 80
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app: Marathi YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source Pattnaik.chandan - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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