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Dhimar in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,233,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.01 % Unknown   

Dhimar in India

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Introduction / History
The Dhimar are a people group from India whose name is derived from the Sanskrit word for fisherman. Traditionally, the Dhimar served as palanquin bearers. They bore Indian royalty sitting upon portable, ornate chairs. The Dhimar live and work as fishermen, boatmen, water carriers, merchants and farmers.

Where are they located?
The Dhimar live in the central states of India. The largest groups of Dhimar live in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. They are found near the rivers of this section of India.

What are their lives like?
The Dhimar follow Hinduism, the national, historic religion of India. They usually marry within their caste. They celebrate the holidays of Hinduism such as Holi and Diwali. Most Dhimars bury their dead rather than practicing the more expensive practice of cremation.

What are their beliefs?
The Dhimar's primary deity is Shiva, the destroyer of evil and transformer god of the Hindu Trinity. The life force and energy of Shiva takes the form of a polished stone, a Dulhadeo. These column shaped stones serve as an aid to worship in temples dedicated to Shiva.

What are their needs?
According to our sources, there are no known Christians among the Dhimar. Their primary language is Hindi. The entire Bible is available in Hindi as is the JESUS film.

Prayer Points
Pray for wisdom and endurance for the Christian workers currently serving among the Dhimar. Pray that God would create a hunger for the Word of God in the Dhimar people. Pray for opportunities for the showing of the Hindi JESUS film and the distribution of Hindi Bibles. Pray that the Lord would begin a successful church-planting movement among the Dhimar people of India.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-15
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,233,000
Largest States:
Madhya Pradesh (1,121,000)Maharashtra (645,000)
Chhattisgarh (246,000)Odisha (196,000)
Rajasthan (5,000)Gujarat (2,000)
Delhi (400)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (90)
Daman and Diu (90)Chandigarh (50)
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People Name in Country: Dhimar
People Name General: Dhimar
Alternate People Names:
DhiwarDhudhiya Bharwad
GabitGal Bhoi
HarkantraJal Kshatriya
ROP3 Code: 111940
Joshua Project People ID: 16705
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,233,000
Population all Countries: 2,233,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Dhimar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (1,044,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi (480,000)Chhattisgarhi (170,000)
Odia (137,000)Bundeli (31,000)
Bagheli (7,000)Nimadi (4,100)
Dhundari (2,700)Gujarati (1,900)
Malvi (1,100)Bengali (1,100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 19
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.13 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.87 % 
Islam0.00 % 
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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
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
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Hindi
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Dhimar in India

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      Dhimar India    
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