Laheri (Hindu traditions) in India

Laheri (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Laheri (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 91,000
World Population: 91,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The word lakhera means worker. The Lakheras are one of the Rajput subgroups. They believe they originated from lord Shiva who created them to prepare bangles (bracelets, etc. ) for his wife, Parvati. The Lakhera have traditionally been workers in glass, creating bracelets and similar items for sale. The Lakhera also live in the south and east of Uttar Pradesh, in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and the Punjab.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of them make and sell bangles. Some of them own shops. They live in multi caste villages and have their own places. They traditionally exchange food and water with neighboring communities except the Churha, Chamar, Balmiki, and Dhanak, whom they consider below themselves in social rank. Their customs are similar to other north Indian Hindus. They have get-togethers to help people understand their community. The Lakhera are endogamous. This means they prefer marriages to take place within their group.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lakhera are Hindus. Some of the people worship lord Shiva, while others worship lord Vishnu. Their main goddess is Sati Mata and Rupji Maharaj. Others are involved in ancestor worship. Circling the sacred fire seven times is their most important marriage ritual. They sometimes worship tools they use in their trades.

What Are Their Needs?

They need to accept and embrace the spiritual and social blessings that only a transformed life can offer. A relationship with Jesus Christ would provide them with life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual openness and hunger for truth. Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading their community leaders to the Lord. Pray for God to thrust out workers to the Lakhera Rajputs. Pray that gospel materials will lead them to starting their own disciple making movement.

Text Source:   Keith Carey