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Kalwar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

Kalwar (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
129,000 Maithili Hinduism 0.19 % Unknown   

Kalwar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

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Introduction / History
Pray for God's kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Hindu Kalwar people in Nepal. Pray for a movement of Hindu Kalwar households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ. Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Hindu Kalwar people.

Where are they located?
Most of the Hindu Kalwars live in India's northern states, but some live in Nepal. A smaller number are in Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
Although some of the Kalwars still are in the liquor business, most have taken jobs in agriculture, business, the military, government service, medicine, accounting, education, and engineering. The Kalwar speak the primary languages of the locations where they live including Hindi, Bengali, Maithili, and Nepali.

What are their beliefs?
Though there are some Muslims among them, most Kalwar people in Nepal practice Hinduism. Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kalwars in Nepal visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kalwar people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Hindu Kalwar people in Nepal need to have the chance to experience life to the full, which can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Hindu Kalwar people in Nepal.
Pray for a movement of Hindu Kalwar households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Hindu Kalwar people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Hindu Kalwar people.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:129,000
Largest Provinces:
Narayani (57,000)Janakpur (38,000)
Lumbini (9,500)Sagarmatha (8,900)
Bagmati (7,000)Kosi (4,700)
Bheri (1,400)Mechi (1,100)
Gandaki (1,000)Seti (200)
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People Name in Country: Kalwar (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Kalwar (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
कलवार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112399
Joshua Project People ID: 17061
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 129,000
Population all Countries: 2,807,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Kalwar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maithili (74,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mai    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (41,000)Awadhi (4,800)
Hindi (3,900)Nepali (2,300)
Angika (500)Magahi (200)
Bengali (200)Bantawa: Amchoke (200)
Dotyali (40)
Total Languages: 10
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.19 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.81 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.01 % 
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
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Maithili
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Maithili
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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