Mahratta Brahmin in India


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Introduction / History

The Mahratta are castes who live mainly in Maharashtra in India. Maratha refers to as those who spoke the Marathi language.

The Mahratta also live in Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mahratta dominate politics in Maharashtra though many of the caste are on lower incomes. Many are landowners and cultivators. Most have cattle. They are not vegetarians and eat wheat and rice as cereals.

The Mahratta allow cousin marriages. They do not allow women to remarry after being widowed or divorced. Boys marry from twelve years old onwards. Girls marry early. Property goes to the sons on the death of the father. Some of them are very well educated. They have caste councils to look after their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In some cases, Brahmin subgroups are defined by their theological distinctions such as Madhva Brahmins, who are defined by their dualist theology, though everyone does not actually hold those beliefs. However, many Brahmin castes are made up of people who adhere to all the various philosophical and theological options espoused by modern Hindus, including hard core secularists and atheists. One can never predict what an individual Brahmin might believe or disbelieve!

But most Brahmins respect the ancient (and many not-so-ancient) traditions of their forefathers. Some work to synthesize modern science and Hindu beliefs and practices. Few today have seriously studied, let alone memorized, the ancient Vedas; but one is more likely to find a person knowledgeable about the Vedas and other Hindu texts and teachings among Brahmins than among any non-Brahmin caste group.


What Are Their Needs?

Mahratta Brahmins as an influential and generally well-to-do community are not unlike the middle classes of most places. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which 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.


Prayer Points

Pray that politicians and those in high places among the Mahratta Brahmins come to Jesus Christ and lead others to him.

Pray that gospel materials will lead many Mahratta Brahmin families to salvation.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out his hand-picked workers among the Mahratta Brahmins.


Scripture Prayers for the Brahmin Mahratta in India.


References

https://www.thoughtco.com/who-are-the-brahmins-195316


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People Name General Brahmin Mahratta
People Name in Country Brahmin Mahratta
Natural Name Mahratta Brahmin
Pronunciation mah-RAH-tah BRAH-min
Alternate Names Brahman Terai; Brahmin Terai; Desastha Brahman; Deshastha; Maharashtra; Maratha Brahman; Maratha Brahmin; Rayar; Rayar Brahman; Rayar Brahmin; ब्रामिन, महरातटा
Population this Country 567,000
Population all Countries 568,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
People ID 19959
ROP3 Code 115736
ROP25 Code 301405
ROP25 Name Brahmin
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
161,000
Karnataka
78,000
Andhra Pradesh
76,000
Gujarat
66,000
Tamil Nadu
45,000
Uttar Pradesh
37,000
West Bengal
26,000
Telangana
18,000
Madhya Pradesh
12,000
Delhi
11,000
Kerala
10,000
Uttarakhand
8,900
Rajasthan
7,700
Chhattisgarh
2,900
Goa
1,900
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 17
  Maharashtra 161,000
  Karnataka 78,000
  Andhra Pradesh 76,000
  Gujarat 66,000
  Tamil Nadu 45,000
  Uttar Pradesh 37,000
  West Bengal 26,000
  Telangana 18,000
  Madhya Pradesh 12,000
  Delhi 11,000
  Kerala 10,000
  Uttarakhand 8,900
  Rajasthan 7,700
  Chhattisgarh 2,900
  Goa 1,900
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Marathi (167,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
94,000
Telugu
49,000
Kannada
48,000
Gujarati
39,000
Tamil
33,000
Konkani
16,000
Bengali
10,000
Konkani, Goan
6,900
Bhojpuri
3,200
Dhundari
2,500
Garhwali
1,100
Malayalam
1,000
Marwari (India)
900
Khandesi
600
Tulu
400
Primary Language Marathi (167,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 94,000
  Telugu 49,000
  Kannada 48,000
  Gujarati 39,000
  Tamil 33,000
  Konkani 16,000
  Bengali 10,000
  Konkani, Goan 6,900
  Bhojpuri 3,200
  Dhundari 2,500
  Garhwali 1,100
  Malayalam 1,000
  Marwari (India) 900
  Khandesi 600
  Tulu 400
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

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Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
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