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Kharva (Hindu traditions) in India

Kharva (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
490,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.23 % Unknown   

Kharva (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Kharva people are scattered throughout the southern two thirds of India. A small number are in Pakistan's Sindh Province where they speak Sindhi. Those in India speak Gujarati.

What are their lives like?
The primary occupation of the Kharva has been salt extraction and preparation. Others are involved with farming, and some are fishermen. The necklace and colored powder worn as a dot on the forehead (kumkum) are the symbols of a married woman. They cremate their dead but children below eighteen months of age are buried. On the thirteenth day, they offer balls of rice cooked in milk to the dead.

They usually maintain close and cordial social relations with neighboring communities.

What are their beliefs?
Their deities are Shakti, Mahakali Katyayani, and Bhuvaneshwari. Some are followers of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism.

What are their needs?
The Hindu Kharva community speaks several languages in India, as do most people groups in South Asia. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language subgroup. Please pray that Christian evangelists and church planters will be sent to the Hindu Kharva people in the Lord's timing.

Prayer Points
Please pray those who will soon come to faith in Christ will be quick to confess sin when it occurs and will learn to live in the power of the Lord's Spirit, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord. Pray the Kharva community will be completely set free from worshipping deities that have no power to bring good into the lives of the people, and instead will be brought into the dominion of the creator God who loves them.


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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:490,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (212,000)Maharashtra (192,000)
Karnataka (40,000)Madhya Pradesh (18,000)
Goa (13,000)Telangana (6,800)
Tamil Nadu (1,000)Andhra Pradesh (800)
Chhattisgarh (700)Daman and Diu (600)
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People Name in Country: Kharva (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Kharva (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Konkan Kharviखारवा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112506
Joshua Project People ID: 17156
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 490,000
Population all Countries: 502,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Kharva (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gujarati (181,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi (115,000)Konkani (43,000)
Konkani, Goan (33,000)Kannada (18,000)
Hindi (18,000)Telugu (2,200)
Nimadi (1,600)Marwari (700)
Kacchi (700)Chhattisgarhi (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 13
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism1.20 % 
Christianity0.23 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.57 % 
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 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: 1809-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
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GeneralZume Resources
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
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