Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 5

Subgroup Name Population
Haridas Unknown
Saivite Unknown
Vaishnavite Unknown
Markadi Unknown
Vidur Unknown

Introduction / History

Chitrakar means, “image maker.” These people are a caste divided according to their professions.


Where Are they Located?

Chitrakar live in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are painters on ceramics, makers of woodblock prints, and maskmakers for ritual dances. They also make and paint wood items to sell.

Chitrakar are not vegetarians and they eat rice. In Maharashtra, Chitrakar speak Konkani and read and write in Devanagari. They also speak Marathi. In Andhra Pradesh the Chitrakar speak, read and write in Telugu.

They have birth and marriage rituals. They are monogamous. Divorced and bereaved men are permitted to remarry. The dead are cremated. Upon the death of the father, sons and unmarried daughters inherit the property. The oldest son assumes authority for leadership of the family. They make use of family welfare help.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Chitrakar 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.


What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual and written Bible resources are available in the several languages Chitrakar people speak, they remain unreached and unengaged with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Chitrakar people.
* Pray for the Chitrakar people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Chitrakar people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Chitrakar disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Chitrakar communities.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitrakar
https://techonomy.com/people/anil-chitrakar/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Chitrakar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Chitrakar (Hindu traditions)
World Population 61,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arya Kshatriya; Badhai; Bannagara; Bindhan; Bowlekar; Chatarkheya; Chhatarkhai; Chitar; Chitara; Chitari; Chiter; Chitrakar; Chitrakar and Bindani or Bindhani.; Chitrakara; Chitrakari; Chitrakathi; Chitrakathi Joshi; Chittari; Cittari; Dalsingar; Gavali; Gudchitrakar; Gudigar; Harida; Haridas; Jadupati; Jadupeti; Jadupetia; Kundara; Kunder; Maharaja; Marathi Gavali; Mochi; Muchhi; Patua; Rachavar; Rachevar; Rajulu; Razu; Thakkar; चित्रकार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16602
ROP3 Code 111808
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Maharashtra
44,000
Odisha
10,000
West Bengal
3,000
Karnataka
2,300
Andhra Pradesh
600
Telangana
400
Madhya Pradesh
400
Jharkhand
200
Tamil Nadu
200
Bihar
100
Chandigarh
90
Andaman and Nicobar
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Maharashtra 44,000
  Odisha 10,000
  West Bengal 3,000
  Karnataka 2,300
  Andhra Pradesh 600
  Telangana 400
  Madhya Pradesh 400
  Jharkhand 200
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Bihar 100
  Chandigarh 90
  Andaman and Nicobar 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (35,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Odia
10,000
Hindi
4,200
Konkani
3,600
Bengali
3,300
Kannada
2,500
Telugu
1,100
Konkani, Goan
400
Gujarati
300
Maithili
200
Khandesi
200
Tamil
70
Primary Language Marathi (35,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Odia 10,000
  Hindi 4,200
  Konkani 3,600
  Bengali 3,300
  Kannada 2,500
  Telugu 1,100
  Konkani, Goan 400
  Gujarati 300
  Maithili 200
  Khandesi 200
  Tamil 70
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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