Yadav Dhindhor in Nepal

Yadav Dhindhor
Photo Source:  Anonymous 
Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Yadav Dhindhor
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 18,000
World Population: 1,864,000
Primary Language: Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Yadav
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

In earlier times the Yadav were called Ahir. In most places they don't use the name Ahir anymore and the most common name is Yadav or Yadava. The name Ahir is derived from 'Abhira ', which is an immigrant tribe found in inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. The Abhira appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. The Hindus among them claim connection to the god Krishna, since he was a herdsman.

Where Are they Located?

There are Yadav communities in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Smaller numbers live in Bhutan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling its products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dhindhor Yadav are Hindus by religion and claim to be descended from Krishna who is one of the gods they worship. They identify with Krishna, because they view him as a dairyman like themselves. Their status is a strange mix of low caste because they often do manual work, and high status because they deal with "sacred" cows.

What Are Their Needs?

The Dhindhor Yadavs need to know what Jesus Christ can do for their families and communities. It will be very difficult for them to do that, since they live in some of the most remote parts of South Asia.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Dhindhor Yadav family and community leaders to seek His face.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to see a disciple making movement among the Dhindhor Yadav people in Nepal.
Pray for Dhindhor Yadav leaders to embrace the blessings that their community can enjoy by being part of Christ's kingdom.

Text Source:   Keith Carey