The name Khawas, or Khavar, means "important". The important and loyal servants of the rulers and lesser chiefs of the pre-independence period were known as khaas people, who later formed a caste by the name Khawas. They have eight subdivisions and several clans. They claim to be Rajputs because of their close association with royal families. People from other castes can be admitted into their caste for a nominal fee. The Khavar are Hindu and follow the Vaishanav sect. Every clan has its own deity, which is placated by a shaman. In addition, their ancestors are placated on a specified festival day.
The government of Gujarat has a history of persecuting Christians and other minority groups. An anti-conversion law makes church planting difficult to do legally.
Perhaps some youth of the Khavar community will discover Christian music and videos on the internet and will listen and view with understanding which the Lord will grant to them. Please pray this may occur, and soon.
There are few if any followers of Jesus today among the Khavar people. However, we can pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers to help those who will someday come to be his disciples.
Please pray the Khavar caste will not be proud, not important in their own eyes. Pride is a deadly sin and often prevents a humble acceptance of God's gifts.
Scripture Prayers for the Khavar in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Khavar|
|People Name in Country||Khavar|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3|
|Alternate Names||Chokri, Gnathi Rajput, Gola, Goli, Hajuri, Khavan, Khavasan, Khawar, Khawas, Lunda, Rajput Khawas, Vadharan, Vajir, खावार|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||5|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Gujarati (134,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||guj Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Gujarati
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1820-1985)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||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||Father's Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|