People-in-Country Profile

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

Gadaria Nikhad in India

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

You need to upgrade your Flash Player
Map source: Omid / Joshua Project
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,373,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Gadaria Nikhad in India

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The name Gadaria means "one who tends sheep." Taking care of and rearing sheep and goats has been the traditional occupation of the Gadaria people of north India. A sub-group of the larger Gadaria people who live in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is the Nikhad Gadaria. They speak the languages of the area where they live. Their main language is Hindi. A revised copy of the Hindi Bible became available in 2012. The Nikhad are a primarily oral culture so the gospel must be presented to them in audio and visual form.

What are their lives like?
Today most Nikhad Gadaria still follow the profession of their ancestors, the herding sheep and goats. They sell the animals, wool, hides, milk, and meat to purchase things that they cannot make for themselves. Women also weave woolen blankets to sell. Many Nikhad own small and medium size plots of land where they grow vegetables and fruit. Their women help the men with the animals and tend to the crops along with taking care of the children. Many Gadaria children quit school early to help their parents earn a living. Some of the Nikhad have left their traditional occupation and have become construction and factory workers. Some educated Gadaria work for the government and teach for a living. The Nikhad Gadaria marry within their group but not within the same village. Marriage to one spouse is the norm although a man may take another wife if his first wife is unable to have children. Sons inherit the property of their father. They use both modern and traditional medicines. Each village has a shaman or village priest who gives out medical remedies and helps protect the Nikhad from "evil spirits."

What are their beliefs?
The Nikhad Gadaria practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Their form of Hinduism is mixed with animism or the belief in spirits inhabiting the objects of nature. The Nikhad give special reverence to Vishnu and his avatars Krishna and Rama. 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 Nikhad visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Nikhad 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Nikhad Gadaria consider themselves to be Vaishyas but other Hindus see them as Shudra, the working caste.

What are their needs?
Rural Nikhad need good schools for their children. The villages where the Nikhad live may not have access to clean water or electricity. Most of all, the Nikhad need to hear and understand a clear presentation of the gospel. Jesus is much more than another Hindu god or guru. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points
*Ask the Lord to send workers to the Nikhad Gadaria to meet their spiritual and physical needs. *Pray that Nikhad parents are able to adequately provide for their children. *Pray for Nikhad families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ and His finished work. *Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Nikhad Gadaria in this decade.


View Gadaria Nikhad in all countries.

Prayer Links
  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:1,373,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (1,342,000)Bihar (13,000)
Madhya Pradesh (10,000)Uttarakhand (5,200)
Delhi (1,900)Chhattisgarh (1,600)
Maharashtra (100)
Submit Map:
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Gadaria Nikhad
People Name General: Gadaria Nikhad
ROP3 Code: 118507
Joshua Project People ID: 21719
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,373,000
Population all Countries: 1,373,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Gadaria Nikhad
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Hindi (1,004,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kanauji (161,000)Bhojpuri (110,000)
Awadhi (76,000)Bundeli (12,000)
Bagheli (4,700)Garhwali (3,600)
Malvi (1,200)Haryanvi (1,100)
Chhattisgarhi (1,000)Maithili (1,000)
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 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2012
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 RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Hindi)
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

Gadaria Nikhad in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Gadaria Nikhad India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Gadaria Nikhad in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Hindi  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: