Darzi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Darzi originally lived in Central Asia and migrated to India long ago. The word darzi means "tailor" in Hindi-Urdu. Not surprisingly, the primary occupation of the Darzi is sewing and production of clothes and fabrics. Educated Darzi have taken jobs in medicine, government, as engineers and as college professors. The most spoken language of the Darzi is Hindi. Others Darzi speak the regional languages where they live.


Where Are they Located?

The Darzi live throughout the nation of India. Large concentrations of Darzi live in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Darzi work in cities and towns practicing their trade of sewing and making clothing. They sell their clothes in shops and in village markets. They are endogamous, that is, they marry within their group. Darzi young people marry as adults. Some Darzi marry their first cousins. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the general rule while polygamy is accepted. Families arrange marriages often to cement clan ties. Sons inherit family property. Girls are not encouraged to get an education. Boys strive to obtain a higher education. The Darzi eat meat except for beef. Their main foods are grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy products.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Darzi are Hindu, the predominant religion of India. They worship Vishnu, the preserver god of Hinduism and Shiva, the destroyer god. Other gods worshipped by the Darzi include Kali, the goddess of death and feminine energy, Durga, the military goddess and Bhawani, the mother earth goddess. The Darzi make pilgrimages to holy Hindu temples and shrines. They celebrate the major Hindu holidays of Holi, the spring and color festival, Dwali, the festival of lights and Janamashtami, Krishna's birthday. The Darzi cremate their dead.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Nagartha people would find their true riches in the Lord Jesus.
* Pray the Lord would lead the Nagarthas to hunger for and read the Bible. It is available in all three of their languages.
* Pray the Lord would raise up growing, Bible believing churches in the Nagartha community.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making Movement among the Nagarthas that will turn many to the kingdom of God.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Darzi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 2,911,000
World Population 2,919,300
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 58
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Auji, Bhavasar Kshatriya, Bhavsar Kshatriya, Chhipa, Chippi, Chippollu, Darji, Darzi, Gujarati Darzi, Idrasi, Idrisi, Idrissi, Khayyat, Lilari, Lilgar, Mavi, Mera, Merais, Merh Rajput, Mirai, Namdeo Shimpi, Namdev, Namdev Shimpi, Namdev Simpi, Nangdev, Nilari, Nurang, Pipavasi, Rangari, Sai, Sai Sutar, Sais, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Shimpi, Simpi, Suis, Suji, Sujji, Thalavadi, दर्ज़ी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16673
ROP3 Code 111889
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Darzi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups on file 17
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Saksena
23,000
Rathor
13,000
Konkani
9,700
Mahratta
9,600
Rangari
7,700
Bhavsar
7,500
Ahir
7,400
Chatur
4,800
Pardeshi
4,100
Pancham
2,200
Shetval
2,200
Shivashimpagar
1,100
Yaktate
1,100
Mavi
800
Naglik
400
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Darzi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 17 (only 15 largest shown)
  Saksena 23,000
  Rathor 13,000
  Konkani 9,700
  Mahratta 9,600
  Rangari 7,700
  Bhavsar 7,500
  Ahir 7,400
  Chatur 4,800
  Pardeshi 4,100
  Pancham 2,200
  Shetval 2,200
  Shivashimpagar 1,100
  Yaktate 1,100
  Mavi 800
  Naglik 400
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 29
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
702,000
Gujarat
489,000
Madhya Pradesh
358,000
Uttar Pradesh
351,000
Karnataka
234,000
Telangana
194,000
Andhra Pradesh
184,000
Rajasthan
124,000
Tamil Nadu
116,000
Odisha
28,000
Haryana
27,000
Chhattisgarh
21,000
Uttarakhand
21,000
Bihar
13,000
Assam
9,500
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 29  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 702,000
  Gujarat 489,000
  Madhya Pradesh 358,000
  Uttar Pradesh 351,000
  Karnataka 234,000
  Telangana 194,000
  Andhra Pradesh 184,000
  Rajasthan 124,000
  Tamil Nadu 116,000
  Odisha 28,000
  Haryana 27,000
  Chhattisgarh 21,000
  Uttarakhand 21,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Assam 9,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (941,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 52
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
432,000
Gujarati
431,000
Telugu
423,000
Kannada
190,000
Tamil
105,000
Marwari
47,000
Konkani
39,000
Khandesi
35,000
Odia
24,000
Awadhi
20,000
Chhattisgarhi
17,000
Malvi
17,000
Kanauji
14,000
Bhojpuri
14,000
Merwari
13,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (941,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 52
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 432,000
  Gujarati 431,000
  Telugu 423,000
  Kannada 190,000
  Tamil 105,000
  Marwari 47,000
  Konkani 39,000
  Khandesi 35,000
  Odia 24,000
  Awadhi 20,000
  Chhattisgarhi 17,000
  Malvi 17,000
  Kanauji 14,000
  Bhojpuri 14,000
  Merwari 13,000
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.67 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.33 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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