Targala in India

Joshua Project has identified the Targala only in India
Population
37,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Targala
People Name in Country Targala
Population in India 37,000
World Population 37,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bhavaiya, Bhavaya, Bhayiya, Bhojak, Bhojja, Bhoviya, Nayak, टरगला (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18220
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Largest States
Gujarat (34,000) Maharashtra (2,500) Karnataka (90)
Dadra and Nagar Have (50) Daman and Diu (20)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Gujarat (34,000) Maharashtra (2,500)
Karnataka (90) Dadra and Nagar Have (50)
Daman and Diu (20)

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Primary Language: Gujarati (34,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: guj   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 4
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (1,500) Konkani (300) Kannada (20)
Primary Language: Gujarati (34,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 4
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (1,500) Konkani (300)
Kannada (20)
Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go
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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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.09 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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