Thakkar in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Ka Thakur 25,000
Ma Thakur 25,000

Introduction / History

The Thakkar or Thakrar are descendants of the ancient Hindu Lohana people. The Lohana were rulers, administrators and warriors of north and west India for over three millennia. They were members of the Kshatriya caste, the second highest caste in Hinduism. In the 18th century the Lohana were defeated by the Muslim armies and became merchants and traders. Some Lohana converted to Islam while most continued to be Hindus. These Hindu businessmen are the Thakkar of today.

The Thakkar encourage their children to go to universities. Many of the Thakkar have become physicians, attorneys, engineers and government leaders. Many are involved in the entertainment field. Some Thakkar have left India and live in Britain, east Africa and in the United States. They form a worldwide business network for other Thakkar.

The primary language of the Thakkar is Marathi. They also speak English and other regional languages.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of Thakkar live in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. Smaller numbers live throughout India and in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Thakkar are members of modern Indian society. They live in cities and often are leaders in government and industry.

The Thakkar tend to be people who marry within their Kshatriya caste. Marrying outside of their caste is becoming more common. Traditionally, a newly married Thakkar couple would live with or near the groom's parents. In modern life this is becoming less common. Brahmin priests are hired to officiate their important life ceremonies like births, weddings and funerals.

The Thakkar are not vegetarian but as Hindus they do not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thakkar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Shiva, the destroyer god, and Vishnu in his avatars or Rama and Krishna are given special emphasis. The sun god Surya is a patron deity. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Thakkar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods.

The main yearly holidays of the Thakkar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Thakkar need to see that material riches cannot bring them forgiveness or peace of mind. They need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They need to see the gospel of Christ lived out before them by Christians.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thakkar in India.

* Pray the Lord will give the Thakkar a spiritual hunger, then satisfy that hunger with the Word of God.
* Pray that the Thakkar will understand the value of becoming part of God's family.
* Pray for a Holy Spirit led humility for all Thakkar communities to fall at the feet of the King of kings.
* Pray that God raises up a disciple making movement in every Thakkar community.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohana
thakrar.family.blog/2018/08/22/the-history-of-lohanas-and-the-thakrar-family-surname/
mylohana.com/page/lohana-history


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Thakkar
People Name in Country Thakkar
World Population 598,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names Thakar, Thakur, Thekur, Thokkar, ठक्कर
People ID 18245
ROP3 Code 113777
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 15
Largest States
Maharashtra
571,000
Gujarat
5,400
Madhya Pradesh
4,200
Rajasthan
1,800
Goa
1,200
Uttar Pradesh
700
Chhattisgarh
700
Karnataka
700
Delhi
700
Telangana
600
Uttarakhand
90
West Bengal
70
Dadra and Nagar Have
60
Tamil Nadu
30
Kerala
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 15
  Maharashtra 571,000
  Gujarat 5,400
  Madhya Pradesh 4,200
  Rajasthan 1,800
  Goa 1,200
  Uttar Pradesh 700
  Chhattisgarh 700
  Karnataka 700
  Delhi 700
  Telangana 600
  Uttarakhand 90
  West Bengal 70
  Dadra and Nagar Have 60
  Tamil Nadu 30
  Kerala 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (466,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Konkani
65,000
Hindi
29,000
Gujarati
6,100
Sindhi
5,400
Konkani, Goan
3,600
Ahirani
3,100
Khandesi
2,900
Nimadi
700
Kannada
400
Tamil
400
Nepali
300
Telugu
300
Bhili
200
Kacchi
100
Urdu
90
Primary Language Marathi (466,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Konkani 65,000
  Hindi 29,000
  Gujarati 6,100
  Sindhi 5,400
  Konkani, Goan 3,600
  Ahirani 3,100
  Khandesi 2,900
  Nimadi 700
  Kannada 400
  Tamil 400
  Nepali 300
  Telugu 300
  Bhili 200
  Kacchi 100
  Urdu 90
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2002)
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 (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.04 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.53 %
Islam
0.24 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.14 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.