Yadav (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Yadav appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. They are spoken of as robbers and foreigners. They claim connection to the god Krishna, since he was a herdsman.The most common name is Yadav or Yadava.

It's easy to find out who a Yadav is. Just ask them their name and they will tell you their first name followed by their title which is always Yadav.

The Yadav are a caste comprising of dairymen, cattle producers, and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling its products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders.


Where Are they Located?

They live almost all over India and in southern Nepal. The highest concentration is in the states Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (north India) but also in east, west and south India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yadav live in joint families. Most are vegetarian but many have started eating fish, mutton, chicken and sometimes pork, but not beef. Child labor is common among them.

The Yadav participate in local traditional and socio-religious festivals. They have expertise in oral traditions and group singing in praise of the god Vishnu, Krishna or one of the many other gods that they worship. Similarly, they are good in musical dance, wrestling and mock-fighting with swords. Boys are favored for formal education. They are known to have more faith in astrology and talismans rather than in the services of a doctor. They often pray to Singaji for the protection of their cattle from disease and often give thank offerings of butter, unripe mangoes and sugar.


What Are Their Needs?

They are in need to hear about the way of salvation. Most of the Yadav die never hearing the name of Jesus once in a lifetime!

But also life, lifestyle and living standard are changing all over the nation. The next generation will need to get other kinds of jobs. To get those jobs they need education but proper education is missing in many places.

More than 12 million live in Bihar. Every year Bihar knows major floods, killing hundreds of people, leaving millions homeless. They are badly in need of Christian relief workers who can give them more than food, clothes and medicines.


Prayer Points

Pray for the salvation of the Yadav people.
Pray for short and long term workers / teams to come and pioneer new ministries among them.
Pray for new focused evangelism and church planting ministries.
Pray for literacy and community development work.
Pray for the practice of child labor to end.
Pray for education to be made available to girls as well to the boys.


Scripture Prayers for the Yadav (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Reach the Yadav 

People Name General Yadav (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation YAH-dahv
Alternate Names Abhir; Adav; Adavigolla; Aharwar; Ahir; Ahirani; Ahir-Goala; Asthanagolla; Ayar; Ayar-Boricha; Baredi; Brajwari; Chosh; Couli; Dhangar; Erumakar; Gaolan; Gaoli; Gauvali; Gawal; Gawli; Gayla; Ghasi; Ghosh; Goala; Gol; Gola; Golar; Golkar; Golla; Gollewar; Gop; Gopa; Gopali; Gope; Gopi; Gosangi; Gouli; Gowala; Gullar; Gwal; Gwala; Hir; Idaiyan; Idaiyar; Idayar; Iruman; Jadav; Ji; Kolaya; Konar; Konarulu; Makhar; Muniyani; Pillai; Rai; Rao; Rao Saheb; Rao Sahib; Raut; Reo Saheb; Sadgoala; Sadgope; Sargope; Yadav; Yadava; Yadha; Yadhava; Yadukulum; यादव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 41,231,000
Population all Countries 42,417,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 825
People ID 16187
ROP3 Code 111292
ROP25 Code 308887
ROP25 Name Yadava
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 35
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
14,173,000
Bihar
12,907,000
Andhra Pradesh
5,227,000
West Bengal
4,705,000
Odisha
3,418,000
Tamil Nadu
3,072,000
Jharkhand
2,598,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,550,000
Telangana
2,120,000
Chhattisgarh
2,009,000
Maharashtra
1,350,000
Karnataka
941,000
Rajasthan
882,000
Haryana
740,000
Gujarat
731,000
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 35  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 14,173,000
  Bihar 12,907,000
  Andhra Pradesh 5,227,000
  West Bengal 4,705,000
  Odisha 3,418,000
  Tamil Nadu 3,072,000
  Jharkhand 2,598,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,550,000
  Telangana 2,120,000
  Chhattisgarh 2,009,000
  Maharashtra 1,350,000
  Karnataka 941,000
  Rajasthan 882,000
  Haryana 740,000
  Gujarat 731,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (24,379,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
7,513,000
Bhojpuri
7,057,000
Bengali
4,686,000
Odia
2,722,000
Tamil
2,639,000
Chhattisgarhi
1,433,000
Maithili
1,149,000
Marathi
1,063,000
Kannada
882,000
Magahi
816,000
Awadhi
802,000
Kanauji
736,000
Gujarati
633,000
Bundeli
294,000
Assamese
230,000
Primary Language Hindi (24,379,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 7,513,000
  Bhojpuri 7,057,000
  Bengali 4,686,000
  Odia 2,722,000
  Tamil 2,639,000
  Chhattisgarhi 1,433,000
  Maithili 1,149,000
  Marathi 1,063,000
  Kannada 882,000
  Magahi 816,000
  Awadhi 802,000
  Kanauji 736,000
  Gujarati 633,000
  Bundeli 294,000
  Assamese 230,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Reach the Yadav 
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