Brahmin Chitpavan in India

The Brahmin Chitpavan have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Brahmin Chitpavan live in west central India. Their name Chitpavan means those “pure of mind.” They were the leading nobles of the Maratha Empire (1674 to 1818), the dominant state in 18th century India. The Peshwa or Prime Minister of the Maratha Empire was a Chitpavan and he rewarded the fellow member of his caste with high positions and land. When the British took control of the empire in 1818, the Brahmin Chitpavan lost much of their influence and power. They began learning English and soon became officials in the British East India Company and later British Empire.

There has been a fierce rivalry between the Brahmin Deshastha and the Brahmin Chitpavan for hundreds of years. The Deshastha consider the Chitpavan inferior to themselves.

The man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 was a member of the Brahmin Chitpavan caste. This action led to strong feelings against all Brahmins by the lower castes.

The primary language of the Chitpavan is Marathi. They also speak English, Hindi and other local Indian languages.


Where Are they Located?

The majority of the Brahmin Chitpavan today lives in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Others also live Kanarkata, Gujarat and other regions of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Brahmin Chitpavan encourage their children to obtain university educations. Modern Chitpavan still work in their traditional occupation as priests and Hindu scholars. Many have entered the fields of computer science, engineering, law, the military and private business. There is a strong work ethic among the Chitpavan. As a result they strive for leadership in any area where they are employed.

The Brahmin Chitpavan are endogamous, that is they marry within their group or with other Brahmins. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit property with the eldest son gaining his father’s titles and home.

The Chitpavan are vegetarians. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils, vegetables and fruit.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chitpavan practice Hinduism, the ancient religion and culture of India. They worship and serve the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Chitpavan believe that Moksha, freedom from the endless cycle of reincarnation, can be achieved through rituals and good works.

The Chitpavan participate in and often lead the yearly Hindu holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri the nine-day celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Brahmin Chitpavan as an influential and generally well-to-do community. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units that have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to “achieve it all,” but ironically, achieving it all can be empty. Most of all, the Chitpavan need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Brahman Chitpavan leaders.
* Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Brahmin Chitpavan communities.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Brahmin Chitpavan community.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitpavan


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Brahmin Chitpavan
People Name in Country Brahmin Chitpavan
Population in India 478,000
World Population 478,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names Chitpavan, Chitpavan Brahman, Chitpavan Brahmin, Chitpawan Brahman, Chitpawan Brahmin, Citpawan Brahman, Citpawan Brahmin, Konkanastha, Parashuramshristi, Smartha Brahman, Smartha Brahmin, Smata Brahman, Smata Brahmin, ब्रामिन, चितपवन
People ID 19935
ROP3 Code 115708
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 14
Largest States
Maharashtra
381,000
Karnataka
47,000
Gujarat
21,000
Goa
9,200
Madhya Pradesh
6,600
Delhi
6,100
Telangana
4,900
Andhra Pradesh
900
Chhattisgarh
900
West Bengal
300
Tamil Nadu
300
Dadra and Nagar Have
80
Daman and Diu
50
Rajasthan
20
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 14
  Maharashtra 381,000
  Karnataka 47,000
  Gujarat 21,000
  Goa 9,200
  Madhya Pradesh 6,600
  Delhi 6,100
  Telangana 4,900
  Andhra Pradesh 900
  Chhattisgarh 900
  West Bengal 300
  Tamil Nadu 300
  Dadra and Nagar Have 80
  Daman and Diu 50
  Rajasthan 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (300,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Konkani
74,000
Hindi
37,000
Gujarati
23,000
Kannada
20,000
Konkani, Goan
17,000
Khandesi
2,500
Chhattisgarhi
100
Other People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Language Marathi (300,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 74,000
  Hindi 37,000
  Gujarati 23,000
  Kannada 20,000
  Konkani, Goan 17,000
  Khandesi 2,500
  Chhattisgarhi 100
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
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.


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