Koli Mahadev in India


Population
1,736,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Koli people are also called Dongar or Raj Koli. Generally 'Koli' means a fisherman but the Koli people's primary occupation is agriculture. The Mahadev Koli derive their name from their god Mahadev and live in the Mahadev hills of Maharashtra. They are found mostly in the Pune, Ahmednagar and Nasik districts of Maharashtra. They speak Marathi and use the Devanagari script.

Their staple food consists of rice, nagli, varai and wheat. Other than agriculture they are also involved in cattle breeding, dairy and poultry farming and wage labour as subsidiary occupations.

There are twenty-four exogamous clans among the Mahadev Koli and they use their clan's names as their surnames. Members of each clan have their own deity.

They resemble the Kunbi and the Maratha communities in matters of dress and appearance. They live in nuclear families. Bride price plays an important part in the marriage. The marriage ceremony lasts for three to four days. Divorce and remarriage are allowed. The dead are buried, but in some cases cremation is also practiced.

Most of the Mahadev Koli follow a number of Hindu traditions. The percentage of literacy among the Mahadev Koli is 30.

Alternate Names: Koli Mahadev, Dholi, Malhar, Talapada, Chunvalia


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the people of the Mahadev Koli community.
* For more literacy and development programs.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Koli Mahadev
People Name in Country Koli Mahadev
Population in India 1,736,000
World Population 1,752,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Dongar, Dongar Koli, Maahadev, Mahadeo, Mahadew, Maideo, Raj Koli, कोली महादेव
People ID 17210
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 22
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (1,559,000) Gujarat (98,000) Karnataka (31,000)
Madhya Pradesh (25,000) Rajasthan (7,000) Telangana (6,200)
Goa (4,000) Tamil Nadu (2,500) Uttar Pradesh (1,000)
Andhra Pradesh (900) Chhattisgarh (800) Delhi (600)
Kerala (500) Dadra and Nagar Have (300) Daman and Diu (300)
West Bengal (200) Jharkhand (100) Haryana (50)
Assam (40) Punjab (30)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 22  (only 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (1,559,000) Gujarat (98,000)
Karnataka (31,000) Madhya Pradesh (25,000)
Rajasthan (7,000) Telangana (6,200)
Goa (4,000) Tamil Nadu (2,500)
Uttar Pradesh (1,000) Andhra Pradesh (900)
Chhattisgarh (800) Delhi (600)
Kerala (500) Dadra and Nagar Have (300)
Daman and Diu (300) West Bengal (200)
Jharkhand (100) Haryana (50)
Assam (40) Punjab (30)
Primary Language: Marathi (1,446,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mar   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 31
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (84,000) Kannada (45,000) Konkani, Goan (29,000)
Hindi (23,000) Konkani (21,000) Telugu (14,000)
Ahirani (2,700) Sindhi (1,000) Khandesi (1,000)
Bhili (700) Nimadi (600) Urdu (200)
Gondi, Northern (200) Tamil (60) Malayalam (50)
Dhanki (40) Odia (30) Tulu (30)
Bengali (20) Halbi (20)
Primary Language: Marathi (1,446,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 31
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (84,000) Kannada (45,000)
Konkani, Goan (29,000) Hindi (23,000)
Konkani (21,000) Telugu (14,000)
Ahirani (2,700) Sindhi (1,000)
Khandesi (1,000) Bhili (700)
Nimadi (600) Urdu (200)
Gondi, Northern (200) Tamil (60)
Malayalam (50) Dhanki (40)
Odia (30) Tulu (30)
Bengali (20) Halbi (20)
Primary Language: Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1807-1957)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1982)
Complete Bible Yes   (1821-2002)
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Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
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Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.22 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.60 %
Islam
0.02 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.11 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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