Lohar (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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

Lohar people of India are nomadic smiths who travel in 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 remain poor today.
Although they are nomads, most Lohar people live in the Indian state of Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Lohar people lead difficult 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 poorer quality. Also, many are cannot read or write because of the nomadic lifestyle they lead; few have attended school. Also, because of the Hindu caste system in India, they are considered untouchables and are despised. 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, Lohar people are mostly Hindu, the ancient religion of India. Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense out of their poverty to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and needed benefits.


What Are Their Needs?

Their most dire need is to know 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.
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.


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 already existing in Hindi (their spoken language) will be made available to them since very few can read or write.
They have been deemed untouchable. Pray that missionaries would go to Lohar people and show them that God shows no favoritism. He accepts all people, even those considered untouchable.
Above all, pray for their hearts; pray for them to be open to Christ and His love.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

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 9,737,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 189
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 South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
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 29
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,043,000
Bihar
1,108,000
Madhya Pradesh
796,000
Odisha
737,000
Jharkhand
665,000
Maharashtra
638,000
Haryana
481,000
Rajasthan
442,000
Gujarat
397,000
Chhattisgarh
370,000
Andhra Pradesh
327,000
West Bengal
318,000
Telangana
297,000
Punjab
226,000
Himachal Pradesh
168,000
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 29  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,043,000
  Bihar 1,108,000
  Madhya Pradesh 796,000
  Odisha 737,000
  Jharkhand 665,000
  Maharashtra 638,000
  Haryana 481,000
  Rajasthan 442,000
  Gujarat 397,000
  Chhattisgarh 370,000
  Andhra Pradesh 327,000
  West Bengal 318,000
  Telangana 297,000
  Punjab 226,000
  Himachal Pradesh 168,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,282,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
763,000
Odia
635,000
Telugu
627,000
Marathi
497,000
Bengali
382,000
Gujarati
351,000
Chhattisgarhi
281,000
Punjabi, Eastern
223,000
Maithili
142,000
Awadhi
125,000
Tamil
112,000
Kanauji
100,000
Marwari
99,000
Magahi
95,000
Haryanvi
89,000
Primary Language Hindi (4,282,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 763,000
  Odia 635,000
  Telugu 627,000
  Marathi 497,000
  Bengali 382,000
  Gujarati 351,000
  Chhattisgarhi 281,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 223,000
  Maithili 142,000
  Awadhi 125,000
  Tamil 112,000
  Kanauji 100,000
  Marwari 99,000
  Magahi 95,000
  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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
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 Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2020  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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