Mahyavanshi in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Pancholi 700
Dhed-na-Sadhu 300
Maruvankar Unknown
Vankar Unknown

Introduction / History

The Mahyavanshi people are found in many parts of India but are mainly located in South Gujarat and north Maharashtra. The Mahyavanshi were originally residents south Gujarat, but upper castes took their land and persecuted them. Many of the Mahyavanshi went to Mumbai to work for the British as butlers, cooks, drivers, etc. Now the Mahyavanshi community is well educated by self development and also with the help of goverment.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mahyavanshi mother sat stone-faced before her grown children. She said, "Before your father died my needs as your mother were always met. Now you children are arguing over the inheritance. Remember our custom, that the inheritance is to be equally divided by the sons and unmarried daughters, and sometimes," she paused and swallowed hard, "the widow is also given a share. I need that share, since there is no one to care for me."

Among the Mahyavanshi communities of Mumbai, widow re-marriage is not allowed. Most of their practices are Animistic, though they call themselves Hindu. Like many Hindu communities in this materialistic city, the Mahyavanshis have a special devotion to Ganesh, the Hindu god whom they believe helps them overcome obstacles and achieve prosperity.

As one of the Dalit communities, they have a certain number of jobs reserved for them in government offices. They are a diligent people who have a high literacy rate, two factors that make them desirable employees. Most of them speak Gujarati and either Marathi or Hindu, all of which are important languages in Mumbai.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mahyavanshi are Hindu in religion. They are proud to be Hindu and have not changed their religion even though there have been aggressive attacks of Islam.

Legend says Yug Purush (Man of an age) Mahya (because of his name the caste became known as Mahyavanshi) was born in Patan of north Gujarat. His parent's names were King Karnadev and Minal Solanki. Because of an unfavorable forecast by state astrologers, King Karnadev abandoned his son in the desert. Yug Purush was found by an untouchable man named Dharamsinh who called the boy Mahyo. Dharmsinh raised and trained Mahyo. Mahyo sacrificed himself for the life of people, animals and birds.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften hearts as Christian workers use the JESUS Film, gospel cassettes and Christian radio to reach them, showing them Jesus, the only One Who can give true prosperity in this life and the life to come.
* Pray that God will use Mahyavanshi people to lead other Dalit groups to the Savior.


Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-12
People Name General Mahyavanshi
People Name in Country Mahyavanshi
Population in India 1,946,000
World Population 1,947,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 39
Alternate Names Dhed, Ganeshya, Ganishya, Harijan, Mahya Bansi, Mahya Vanshi Vankar, Mahyavansi Vankor, Maru Vankar, Meghwal, Muru Vankal, Vankar, महयवंशी
People ID 17410
ROP3 Code 112810
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
1,899,000
Maharashtra
24,000
Tamil Nadu
5,200
Daman and Diu
3,800
Madhya Pradesh
2,300
Rajasthan
2,200
Dadra and Nagar Have
1,900
West Bengal
1,400
Odisha
1,400
Delhi
1,300
Telangana
1,200
Jharkhand
700
Uttar Pradesh
600
Karnataka
500
Andhra Pradesh
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 1,899,000
  Maharashtra 24,000
  Tamil Nadu 5,200
  Daman and Diu 3,800
  Madhya Pradesh 2,300
  Rajasthan 2,200
  Dadra and Nagar Have 1,900
  West Bengal 1,400
  Odisha 1,400
  Delhi 1,300
  Telangana 1,200
  Jharkhand 700
  Uttar Pradesh 600
  Karnataka 500
  Andhra Pradesh 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (1,847,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Hindi
66,000
Marathi
18,000
Konkani
3,900
Saurashtra
3,800
Merwari
500
Kacchi
400
Nimadi
300
Kannada
100
Chhattisgarhi
40
Malvi
40
Marwari
40
Ahirani
30
Primary Language Gujarati (1,847,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 66,000
  Marathi 18,000
  Konkani 3,900
  Saurashtra 3,800
  Merwari 500
  Kacchi 400
  Nimadi 300
  Kannada 100
  Chhattisgarhi 40
  Malvi 40
  Marwari 40
  Ahirani 30
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
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 / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
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: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.42 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.24 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.33 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Hasmukh Barot / Global Prayer Digest 
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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