Mahyavanshi in India


Population
2,013,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 2,013,000
World Population 2,014,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 41 to 46
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
(1,965,000)
Maharashtra
(25,000)
Tamil Nadu
(5,400)
Daman and Diu
(3,900)
Madhya Pradesh
(2,300)
Rajasthan
(2,200)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(1,900)
West Bengal
(1,500)
Odisha
(1,400)
Delhi
(1,400)
Telangana
(1,100)
Jharkhand
(800)
Uttar Pradesh
(600)
Karnataka
(500)
Andhra Pradesh
(300)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat (1,965,000)
  Maharashtra (25,000)
  Tamil Nadu (5,400)
  Daman and Diu (3,900)
  Madhya Pradesh (2,300)
  Rajasthan (2,200)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (1,900)
  West Bengal (1,500)
  Odisha (1,400)
  Delhi (1,400)
  Telangana (1,100)
  Jharkhand (800)
  Uttar Pradesh (600)
  Karnataka (500)
  Andhra Pradesh (300)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (1,846,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(66,000)
Marathi
(18,000)
Konkani
(3,800)
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 (1,846,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (66,000)
  Marathi (18,000)
  Konkani (3,800)
  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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.80 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Hasmukh Barot / Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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