Koli Mahadev in India


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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 production, 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 1,690,000
World Population 1,704,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 33
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Dongar, Dongar Koli, Maahadev, Mahadeo, Mahadew, Maideo, Raj Koli, कोली महादेव
People ID 17210
ROP3 Code 112576
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 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
1,510,000
Gujarat
95,000
Karnataka
30,000
Madhya Pradesh
24,000
Odisha
7,200
Rajasthan
6,800
Telangana
6,100
Goa
4,100
Tamil Nadu
2,400
Uttar Pradesh
900
Andhra Pradesh
800
Chhattisgarh
800
Delhi
700
Kerala
500
Dadra and Nagar Have
300
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 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 1,510,000
  Gujarat 95,000
  Karnataka 30,000
  Madhya Pradesh 24,000
  Odisha 7,200
  Rajasthan 6,800
  Telangana 6,100
  Goa 4,100
  Tamil Nadu 2,400
  Uttar Pradesh 900
  Andhra Pradesh 800
  Chhattisgarh 800
  Delhi 700
  Kerala 500
  Dadra and Nagar Have 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (1,438,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
85,000
Kannada
45,000
Konkani, Goan
27,000
Hindi
23,000
Konkani
21,000
Telugu
14,000
Ahirani
8,000
Odia
6,400
Bhili
5,700
Khandesi
3,000
Sindhi
1,000
Nimadi
600
Gondi, Northern
300
Urdu
200
Malvi
100
Other People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Language Marathi (1,438,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 85,000
  Kannada 45,000
  Konkani, Goan 27,000
  Hindi 23,000
  Konkani 21,000
  Telugu 14,000
  Ahirani 8,000
  Odia 6,400
  Bhili 5,700
  Khandesi 3,000
  Sindhi 1,000
  Nimadi 600
  Gondi, Northern 300
  Urdu 200
  Malvi 100
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2002)
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 Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.22 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.32 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.23 %
Islam
0.05 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.15 %
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
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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