Mahratta Brahmin in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Brahmin of India profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Brahmin Mahratta
People Name in Country Brahmin Mahratta
Natural Name Mahratta Brahmin
Pronunciation mah-RAH-tah BRAH-min
Population this Country 557,000
Population all Countries 558,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Brahman Terai; Brahmin Terai; Desastha Brahman; Deshastha; Maharashtra; Maratha Brahman; Maratha Brahmin; Rayar; Rayar Brahman; Rayar Brahmin; ब्रामिन, महरातटा
People ID 19959
ROP3 Code 115736
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
160,000
Karnataka
77,000
Andhra Pradesh
75,000
Gujarat
65,000
Tamil Nadu
40,000
Uttar Pradesh
36,000
West Bengal
26,000
Telangana
18,000
Madhya Pradesh
12,000
Delhi
11,000
Kerala
9,900
Uttarakhand
8,900
Rajasthan
7,600
Chhattisgarh
2,800
Goa
1,900
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 17
  Maharashtra 160,000
  Karnataka 77,000
  Andhra Pradesh 75,000
  Gujarat 65,000
  Tamil Nadu 40,000
  Uttar Pradesh 36,000
  West Bengal 26,000
  Telangana 18,000
  Madhya Pradesh 12,000
  Delhi 11,000
  Kerala 9,900
  Uttarakhand 8,900
  Rajasthan 7,600
  Chhattisgarh 2,800
  Goa 1,900
Website South Asia Peoples
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
95,000
Telugu
49,000
Kannada
48,000
Gujarati
39,000
Tamil
33,000
Konkani
16,000
Bengali
9,100
Konkani, Goan
6,900
Bhojpuri
3,200
Dhundari
2,500
Garhwali
1,100
Malayalam
1,000
Marwari
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 95,000
  Telugu 49,000
  Kannada 48,000
  Gujarati 39,000
  Tamil 33,000
  Konkani 16,000
  Bengali 9,100
  Konkani, Goan 6,900
  Bhojpuri 3,200
  Dhundari 2,500
  Garhwali 1,100
  Malayalam 1,000
  Marwari 900
  Khandesi 600
  Tulu 400
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  (1821-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Amazon
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World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
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General Gospel website in this language General / Other
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more