Gaoli Yadav in India


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Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Status is important in Hindu cultures. Yadav peoples, including the Gaoli subgroup, are concerned about their status in the Hindu system. The Yadav peoples hold a place of honor, since traditionally they deal with cattle and dairy products in a culture where the cow is sacred. Most Gaoli live in the east central Indian states of Bihar and Jkarkland. There have been times in their long history that Yadav peoples have held power and wealth.

Today some Gaoli are classified as "other backward castes" or OBCs for short. This sounds derisive, but in fact, this refers to people who hold some status, but are not part of the most prestigious communities. The Gaoli Yadav people claim to be descended from Krishna who is an avatar or reincarnation of the Hindu preserver god, Vishnu.

The main language of the Gaoli is Hindi. There are many Christian resources available in Hindi including radio programs, a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The main occupations of the Gaoli Yadav are herding cattle and agriculture. They also sell dairy products, but as Hindus do not sell or eat beef. The Gaoli are a mixture of wealthy landowners and landless farm workers.

The Gaoli marry within the Yadav peoples. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit property and take care of elderly relatives. Brahmin priests officiate at important their life ceremonies. Most Gaoli encourage their children to obtain higher education. Educated Gaoli work in professions like medicine, computer science, teaching, engineering, and government service.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Yadav consider themselves to be devout Hindus. When a Gaoli comes to Christ, he or she may be shunned by their family. Hinduism is the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

There are few if any Gaoli Yadav followers of Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

The Gaoli Yadav community needs to understand that Jesus Christ is not just another guru or Hindu god. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray that God leads many Gaoli to his son soon.

Pray that Hindi Bibles, radio programs and gospel materials lead many Gaoli to trust in Jesus Christ.

Ask the Lord to send loving workers to the Gaoli in India and Nepal.

Pray that many Gaoli become followers of Christ and begin a church planting movement in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Yadav Gaoli in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yadav
https://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0B10BMNU


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Yadav Gaoli
People Name in Country Yadav Gaoli
Natural Name Gaoli Yadav
Pronunciation gao-LEE YAH-dahv
Alternate Names Denusevak; Ghosh; Goaar; Goala; Golla; Gope; Gouda; Gour; Gowala; Gwalvanshi; Mahakhul; Nandavanshi; Sodgope; Yadav; यादव गओली
Population this Country 5,824,000
Population all Countries 5,919,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 116
People ID 21295
ROP3 Code 118118
ROP25 Code 308887
ROP25 Name Yadava
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 8
Largest States
Bihar
5,025,000
Jharkhand
714,000
Madhya Pradesh
10,000
Gujarat
7,800
Maharashtra
6,400
Tripura
4,000
Chhattisgarh
3,200
Odisha
1,000
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Bihar 5,025,000
  Jharkhand 714,000
  Madhya Pradesh 10,000
  Gujarat 7,800
  Maharashtra 6,400
  Tripura 4,000
  Chhattisgarh 3,200
  Odisha 1,000
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 Hindi (2,671,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
1,427,000
Maithili
460,000
Magahi
175,000
Bengali
38,000
Angika
32,000
Sadri
16,000
Gujarati
6,400
Marathi
1,800
Chhattisgarhi
1,700
Malvi
900
Odia
200
Koli, Wadiyari
80
Primary Language Hindi (2,671,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 1,427,000
  Maithili 460,000
  Magahi 175,000
  Bengali 38,000
  Angika 32,000
  Sadri 16,000
  Gujarati 6,400
  Marathi 1,800
  Chhattisgarhi 1,700
  Malvi 900
  Odia 200
  Koli, Wadiyari 80
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
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 Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
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 Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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