Parit Dhobi in India

The Parit Dhobi have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Dhobi people washed laundry. One of their subgroups are the Parit. This subgroup lives in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

When a Dhobi girl marries, her dowry usually contains just a few items, but almost always an iron. After the men wash the customers' clothes, the women iron them and keep the money they earn to pay for household expenses. Mothers teach the girls to iron at an early age, and boys help their fathers by washing the smaller articles of clothing and by delivering packages of clean clothes to their owners. Today many of them own businesses or work in government jobs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities. Hindus have a pragmatic view of the spirit world. Therefore, the Dhobi people often worship whatever spiritual force they believe will help them with their practical needs.


What Are Their Needs?

Since many of their customers are starting to use washing machines, many Parit Dhobi are facing unemployment. They need job security and job training.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that only Jesus Christ can wash away their sins.

Pray for workers to go to the Parit Dhobi people in India.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Parit Dhobi people such spiritual hunger that they will not be satisfied until they taste and see that the Lord is good.

Pray for a disciple making movement among the Parit Dhobi people in both India and Nepal.


Scripture Prayers for the Dhobi Parit in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dhobi Parit
People Name in Country Dhobi Parit
Natural Name Parit Dhobi
Population this Country 300,000
Population all Countries 300,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Kamathi Parit; Lingayat Parit; Mahratta Parit; Parote; Telangi Parit
People ID 21714
ROP3 Code 118502
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 9
Largest States
Maharashtra
186,000
Karnataka
26,000
Uttar Pradesh
20,000
Bihar
18,000
Madhya Pradesh
15,000
Chhattisgarh
13,000
Jharkhand
7,500
Goa
6,000
Delhi
5,600
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 9
  Maharashtra 186,000
  Karnataka 26,000
  Uttar Pradesh 20,000
  Bihar 18,000
  Madhya Pradesh 15,000
  Chhattisgarh 13,000
  Jharkhand 7,500
  Goa 6,000
  Delhi 5,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.76 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.24 %
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 (124,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
60,000
Kannada
16,000
Konkani
15,000
Konkani, Goan
9,700
Bhojpuri
7,200
Chhattisgarhi
7,000
Khandesi
6,800
Ahirani
2,500
Maithili
1,800
Telugu
1,200
Magahi
600
Bundeli
300
Kanauji
200
Awadhi
200
Nimadi
100
Primary Language Marathi (124,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 60,000
  Kannada 16,000
  Konkani 15,000
  Konkani, Goan 9,700
  Bhojpuri 7,200
  Chhattisgarhi 7,000
  Khandesi 6,800
  Ahirani 2,500
  Maithili 1,800
  Telugu 1,200
  Magahi 600
  Bundeli 300
  Kanauji 200
  Awadhi 200
  Nimadi 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  (1821-2022)
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