People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Charan (Hindu traditions) in India

Charan (Hindu traditions)

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Charan (Hindu traditions) in India map

Flash Map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
316,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Charan (Hindu traditions) in India

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

One report is that the community name is derived from the word char, meaning to spread, as the Charan were those bands of genealogists attached to royal courts who spread the fame of the latter by singing their praises. The old men wear a dhoti and shirt, and a white cap or a turban. After marriage they worship Satyanarayana. The literacy level among the Charan is very low.

Ministry Obstacles
The low literacy rate will be an obstacle if the Gospel comes to the Charan only in written form.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the Lord will start a movement of Charan families experiencing God's blessings.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no Christian believers among the Charan community, but pray for the many believers that will soon come from this group. Pray they will be properly instructed in the faith, and will grow to become mature.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Charan community to have good schools for their children, and that parents will make schooling a priority.

View Charan (Hindu traditions) in all countries.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-19
  Submit Update:
Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:316,000
Largest States:
Rajasthan (150,000)Gujarat (117,000)
Maharashtra (34,000)Madhya Pradesh (10,000)
Daman and Diu (400)Tamil Nadu (200)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (200)Delhi (200)
Telangana (90)West Bengal (70)
Submit Map:
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Charan (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Charan (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
चरण (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111764
Joshua Project People ID: 16571
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 316,000
Population all Countries: 316,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Charan (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Gujarati (114,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (72,000)Marwari (47,000)
Kacchi (17,000)Dhundari (13,000)
Merwari (9,900)Marathi (9,600)
Mewari (9,500)Haroti: Harauti (6,900)
Shekhawati (6,800)Konkani (6,300)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 14
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.95 % 
Islam0.05 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1809-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Charan (Hindu traditions) in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Charan (Hindu traditions) India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Charan (Hindu traditions) in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Gujarati  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: