Lohar (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 51 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Mahul 697,000
Kanaujia 442,000
Mathuria 224,000
Viswakarma 154,000
Panchal 102,000
Mahratta 36,000
Ojha 28,000
Nicha 25,000
Ucha 25,000
Khatri 19,000

Introduction / History

The Lohar people of India are nomadic smiths who travel in order to sell their goods. They are descendants of high-caste weapon makers of the Mewar kingdom in India. Unfortunately, they became poor nomads when the kingdom fell in 1568, and they still are today.


Where Are they Located?

Although they are nomads, most of the Lohar people live in the Indian state of Rajashthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Lohar lead hard lives. Although they work hard, they live in extreme poverty. This is partly because most people prefer to buy goods from stores and factories, not handmade items, which are more expensive and are of less quality. In addition, many are cannot read or write because of the nomadic lifestyle they lead, where few or none have gone to school. Also, because of the Hindu caste system in India, they are considered "untouchables" and are despised. Plus, there are stereotypes about nomads, such as the idea that they are all thieves or corrupt, even though they generally work up to 14 hours a day.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As with most of modern-day India, the Lohar are almost completely Hindu. Hinduists believe in and worship millions of gods, the most important of which is Brahman. To them, salvation means escaping from the seemingly endless cycle of death and reincarnation (the principle that you are reborn as another person or even an animal after you die). This escape is achieved through knowledge, devotion, and deeds.


What Are Their Needs?

The Lohar need business so they can feed their families. They need either more people to buy from them or become sedentary (the opposite of nomadic, meaning they settle down in one place like we do) and take up an entire other career, which would be difficult since so few of them (or maybe even none) have had the chance to go to school. Nevertheless, their most dire need is for the love of God. They are low-caste, considered "untouchable", and are often misunderstood because of stereotypes. They are the perfect example of a people in need of God's healing touch.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Lohar (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for their careers. Pray that their business success increases, or, if it is God's will that they become sedentary, that they receive the education they need.
* Pray that more audio and video resources will be created in their language, since very few or none can read or write.
* They have been deemed "untouchable". Pray that missionaries would feel a need to go to the Lohar and show them that God shows no favoritism. He accepts all people, even those considered "untouchable".
* Above all, pray for their hearts; for them to be open to God and His love.

"And then Jesus began to pray: 'I praise you, Father – Lord of heaven and earth. You have revealed Your truths to the lowly and the ignorant, the children and the crippled, the lame and the mute. You have hidden wisdom from those who pride themselves on being so wise and learned.'" (Matthew 11:25, The Voice)


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-26
People Name General Lohar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation LOW-har
World Population 9,708,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 188
Alternate Names Ahangar, Barhi, Battarha, Dodai, Dodo, Kamar, Kammara, Khar, Lohandia, Lohar, Loharia, Lohura, Lonar, Luhar, Luhara, Luharani, Mistri, Mistry, Nar, Ojali, Ojula, Ozulu, Panchal, Raj, Raj Mistri, Ramgarhia, Sandhan, Sejwani, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Silpkar, Sree Panchal, Sri Panchal, Thawai, Vishwakama, Vishwakarma, Viswabrahma, Viswakarma, Vojali, लोहार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17379
ROP3 Code 112774
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code AUG06b
Total Subgroups 51 (only 15 largest shown)
  Mahul 697,000
  Kanaujia 442,000
  Mathuria 224,000
  Viswakarma 154,000
  Panchal 102,000
  Mahratta 36,000
  Ojha 28,000
  Nicha 25,000
  Ucha 25,000
  Khatri 19,000
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,031,000
Bihar
1,118,000
Madhya Pradesh
795,000
Odisha
730,000
Jharkhand
649,000
Maharashtra
625,000
Haryana
484,000
Rajasthan
445,000
Gujarat
398,000
Chhattisgarh
359,000
Andhra Pradesh
325,000
West Bengal
321,000
Telangana
296,000
Punjab
221,000
Himachal Pradesh
186,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,031,000
  Bihar 1,118,000
  Madhya Pradesh 795,000
  Odisha 730,000
  Jharkhand 649,000
  Maharashtra 625,000
  Haryana 484,000
  Rajasthan 445,000
  Gujarat 398,000
  Chhattisgarh 359,000
  Andhra Pradesh 325,000
  West Bengal 321,000
  Telangana 296,000
  Punjab 221,000
  Himachal Pradesh 186,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,214,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
758,000
Telugu
620,000
Odia
617,000
Marathi
481,000
Bengali
381,000
Gujarati
349,000
Chhattisgarhi
281,000
Punjabi, Eastern
225,000
Maithili
142,000
Awadhi
125,000
Tamil
110,000
Kanauji
100,000
Marwari
97,000
Magahi
93,000
Haryanvi
89,000
Primary Language Hindi (4,214,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 758,000
  Telugu 620,000
  Odia 617,000
  Marathi 481,000
  Bengali 381,000
  Gujarati 349,000
  Chhattisgarhi 281,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 225,000
  Maithili 142,000
  Awadhi 125,000
  Tamil 110,000
  Kanauji 100,000
  Marwari 97,000
  Magahi 93,000
  Haryanvi 89,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.