Targala in India

The Targala have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Naik 2,000
Voya 2,000

Introduction

The Targala (or Bhoviya) claim they are the descendants of an ex-communicated Brahmin community. They have three subgroups, the Nayak, Bhojak (or Bhojai) and Voyas. These names are also used as surnames. Each subgroup is divided into a number of clans named after their ancestral homes. Inter-subgroup marriages are allowed, but they strictly adhere to community endogamy (marrying only within the caste). Vermilion, bracelets and toe-rings are symbols of marriage for women. They are Hindu, and their community goddess is Bahucharamata or Ambamata. They worship Bhubaneswari and Suleswari or Sulgamata as village deities. Traditionally, they accept food and water from higher castes such as the Brahmin and Kshatriya, but not from the lower castes.


Ministry Obstacles

Most Targala live in the state of Gujarat, where many Hindu extremist groups are active.


Outreach Ideas

There are Christian believers in Gujarat, in other people groups. Please pray these believers will develop a heart to take the message of Jesus throughout their state.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray for believers in the state of Gujarat, that they will live holy lives, honoring the Lord and being zealous in their service to him. Pray they will be protected from those who would harm them and their witness.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the government of Gujarat will actively work to protect all religious minorities.


Scripture Prayers for the Targala in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Targala
People Name in Country Targala
World Population 36,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhavaiya; Bhavaya; Bhayiya; Bhojak; Bhojja; Bhoviya; Nayak; टरगला (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18220
ROP3 Code 113746
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 5
Largest States
Gujarat
33,000
Maharashtra
2,500
Karnataka
100
Dadra and Nagar Have
50
Daman and Diu
20
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 5
  Gujarat 33,000
  Maharashtra 2,500
  Karnataka 100
  Dadra and Nagar Have 50
  Daman and Diu 20
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujarati (34,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Hindi
1,500
Konkani
300
Kannada
30
Primary Language Gujarati (34,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 1,500
  Konkani 300
  Kannada 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
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.04 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.96 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.