Kahar (Hindu traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kahar or Kahal people have several stories about the deriving of their name. Some anthropologists say the name comes from the combination of the words kandh, meaning “shoulder” and ahar, meaning “food.” Their traditional work has been as palanquin (a seat carried between poles on the shoulder) or water carriers. Palanquins were for carrying "important" people in comfort. It seems likely that this caste is a remnant of one of the people groups who occupied the valley of the Ganges before the coming of the Aryans.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Brahmin are their sacred priests. One of the main ceremonies associated with marriage is to circle the sacred fire seven times. In villages some are engaged in carrying water for high-ranking communities in the event of marriage, death and other occasions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kahar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The worldview of the Kahar is very different than the biblical worldview. They need people, grounded in scripture, to teach them the ways of Jesus.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Kahar culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Kahar people.

Pray that soon the Kahar people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.


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


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahar


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-09-02
People Name General Kahar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kahar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kah-HAR
Population this Country 9,680,000
Population all Countries 9,819,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 194
Alternate Names Bundeli Bhoi; Chandrabansi; Chandravmsam; Dheemar; Dhimar; Dhuriya; Guria; Guriya; Jheemar; Jhimar; Jhinwar; Kahar Bhoi; Kahrar; Kamkar; Kashyap Rajput; Keer; Kir; Mallah; Mallan; Mehra; Nikhad; Nishad; Raj Bhoi; Ramani; Rawani; कहर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17044
ROP3 Code 112380
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
5,260,000
Bihar
2,446,000
Jharkhand
542,000
West Bengal
438,000
Madhya Pradesh
315,000
Haryana
183,000
Uttarakhand
149,000
Punjab
105,000
Chhattisgarh
50,000
Rajasthan
32,000
Maharashtra
30,000
Himachal Pradesh
19,000
Odisha
14,000
Delhi
12,000
Chandigarh
10,000
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 5,260,000
  Bihar 2,446,000
  Jharkhand 542,000
  West Bengal 438,000
  Madhya Pradesh 315,000
  Haryana 183,000
  Uttarakhand 149,000
  Punjab 105,000
  Chhattisgarh 50,000
  Rajasthan 32,000
  Maharashtra 30,000
  Himachal Pradesh 19,000
  Odisha 14,000
  Delhi 12,000
  Chandigarh 10,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (5,185,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
1,194,000
Magahi
424,000
Awadhi
384,000
Bengali
317,000
Kanauji
227,000
Punjabi, Eastern
87,000
Maithili
76,000
Chhattisgarhi
36,000
Garhwali
31,000
Bundeli
28,000
Malvi
22,000
Bagheli
21,000
Angika
18,000
Marathi
16,000
Haryanvi
15,000
Primary Language Hindi (5,185,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 1,194,000
  Magahi 424,000
  Awadhi 384,000
  Bengali 317,000
  Kanauji 227,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 87,000
  Maithili 76,000
  Chhattisgarhi 36,000
  Garhwali 31,000
  Bundeli 28,000
  Malvi 22,000
  Bagheli 21,000
  Angika 18,000
  Marathi 16,000
  Haryanvi 15,000
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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
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 Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more