Kharva (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
416,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The primary occupation of the Kharvi has been salt extraction and preparation. Others are involved with farming, and some are fishermen. The necklace and colored powder worn as a dot on the forehead (kumkum) are the symbols of a married woman. The dead are cremated but children below eighteen months of age are buried. On the thirteenth day, balls of rice cooked in milk are offered to the dead. They usually maintain close and cordial social relations with neighboring communities. Their deities are Shakti, Mahakali Katyayani, and Bhuvaneshwari. Some are followers of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism.


Ministry Obstacles

The Hindu Kharva community speaks several languages in India, as do most people groups in South Asia. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language subgroup.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray that Christian evangelists and church planters will be sent to the Hindu Kharva people in the Lord's timing.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray those who will soon come to faith in Christ will be quick to confess sin when it occurs, and will learn to live in the power of the Lord's Spirit, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Kharva community will be completely set free from worshipping deities that have no power to bring good into the lives of the people, and instead will be brought into the dominion of the creator God who loves them.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kharva (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kharva (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 416,000
World Population 417,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kharvi, Kharwa, Khavas, Khawas, Konkan Kharvi, खारवा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17156
ROP3 Code 112506
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Kharva (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Total Subgroups on file 8
Largest Subgroups
Konkani
66,000
Surati
15,000
Rajput
12,000
Koli
9,700
Ghogla Korwa
6,800
Khambhati
1,700
Barochi
0
Hansoti
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Kharva (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Total Subgroups 8
  Konkani 66,000
  Surati 15,000
  Rajput 12,000
  Koli 9,700
  Ghogla Korwa 6,800
  Khambhati 1,700
  Barochi 0
  Hansoti 0
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
198,000
Maharashtra
148,000
Karnataka
34,000
Madhya Pradesh
15,000
Goa
11,000
Telangana
5,800
Tamil Nadu
1,000
Andhra Pradesh
700
Chhattisgarh
500
Daman and Diu
500
Dadra and Nagar Have
300
Kerala
300
Delhi
200
Uttar Pradesh
200
Rajasthan
200
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 20
  Gujarat 198,000
  Maharashtra 148,000
  Karnataka 34,000
  Madhya Pradesh 15,000
  Goa 11,000
  Telangana 5,800
  Tamil Nadu 1,000
  Andhra Pradesh 700
  Chhattisgarh 500
  Daman and Diu 500
  Dadra and Nagar Have 300
  Kerala 300
  Delhi 200
  Uttar Pradesh 200
  Rajasthan 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (198,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Marathi
103,000
Konkani
42,000
Konkani, Goan
31,000
Hindi
18,000
Kannada
18,000
Telugu
2,200
Nimadi
1,600
Marwari
700
Chhattisgarhi
100
Indo-Portuguese
100
Ahirani
60
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (198,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 103,000
  Konkani 42,000
  Konkani, Goan 31,000
  Hindi 18,000
  Kannada 18,000
  Telugu 2,200
  Nimadi 1,600
  Marwari 700
  Chhattisgarhi 100
  Indo-Portuguese 100
  Ahirani 60
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
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 / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.77 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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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