Introduction / History
The name Tirgar is a combination of two words, which combined mean "arrow maker." Traditionally they made arrows for kings, and they claim Rajput (a military community) status. Others claim that they migrated to western India to produce arrows for the Rajputs. There are 20 Tirgar clans.
Where are they located?
Hindu Tirgar people live mainly in Rajasthan and Gujarat, though a smaller number live in southern India.
What are their lives like?
Most members of the Tirgar community are Hindu, but there is a smaller Muslim community among them as well. Once some people turn to another religion, they forfeit their ties with the original Hindu community.
Now that there is no longer a market for arrows, the Tirgar people are mainly wage laborers on other people's farms.
What are their beliefs?
Most Tirgar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They 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. They 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 Tirgar 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 Tirgar people, be they Hindu or Muslim, need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who can bless them with abundant life and eternal salvation from sin and death.
Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Hindu Tirgar people in India.
Pray for a movement of Tirgar households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive Hindu Tirgar 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 Tirgar people in India.
ReferencesView Tirgar (Hindu traditions) in all countries.