Lohar (Hindu traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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 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 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

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.
Pray that missionaries would go to Lohar people and show them that God shows no favoritism. He accepts all people.
Above all, pray for their hearts; pray for them to be open to Christ and His love.


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


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
Population this Country 11,177,000
Population all Countries 11,505,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 224
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
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
2,425,000
Bihar
1,308,000
Madhya Pradesh
947,000
Odisha
887,000
Jharkhand
785,000
Maharashtra
769,000
Haryana
567,000
Rajasthan
521,000
Gujarat
469,000
Chhattisgarh
442,000
Andhra Pradesh
386,000
West Bengal
375,000
Telangana
345,000
Punjab
267,000
Himachal Pradesh
198,000
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 2,425,000
  Bihar 1,308,000
  Madhya Pradesh 947,000
  Odisha 887,000
  Jharkhand 785,000
  Maharashtra 769,000
  Haryana 567,000
  Rajasthan 521,000
  Gujarat 469,000
  Chhattisgarh 442,000
  Andhra Pradesh 386,000
  West Bengal 375,000
  Telangana 345,000
  Punjab 267,000
  Himachal Pradesh 198,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,298,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 79
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
764,000
Odia
649,000
Telugu
632,000
Marathi
514,000
Bengali
382,000
Gujarati
352,000
Chhattisgarhi
283,000
Punjabi, Eastern
224,000
Maithili
142,000
Awadhi
125,000
Marwari
119,000
Tamil
112,000
Kanauji
101,000
Magahi
95,000
Haryanvi
89,000
Primary Language Hindi (4,298,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 79
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 764,000
  Odia 649,000
  Telugu 632,000
  Marathi 514,000
  Bengali 382,000
  Gujarati 352,000
  Chhattisgarhi 283,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 224,000
  Maithili 142,000
  Awadhi 125,000
  Marwari 119,000
  Tamil 112,000
  Kanauji 101,000
  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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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)
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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