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
* Scripture Prayers for the Koli Mahadev in Pakistan.
* 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|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Dongar; Dongar Koli; Maahadev; Mahadeo; Mahadew; Maideo; Raj Koli; कोली महादेव|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Koli, Parkari (5,800 speakers)|
|Language Code||kvx Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Koli, Parkari
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1996)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Koli, Parkari|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Map Source||People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project|
|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 Pakistan census data. Current values may differ.|