Deshwali (Hindu traditions) in India

The Deshwali (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.

Introduction / History

Desh means country and wali means lord. They are a Rajput community, so they were the warriors of old who settled down to enjoy landed estates at some point in their lives. The Deshwalis were known as "perfect" warriors. The Hindu Deshwali live in the central states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The Muslims among them live further west in Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of them still own land. Cultivation is their main work and they use modern farming methods. Since the Rajputs lost much of their wealth in the 1960s, some are now landless farmers or sharecroppers or petty businessmen. They have a community council to look after their interests. Unlike other Rajput peoples, the Deshwalis do not have a system of gotras or clans. The Deshwali are monogamous and they often marry their cousins. Family leaders arrange the marriages. They allow for divorce and remarriage.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are Muslims and Hindus among the Deshwali people. Spiritual beliefs of Hindus are very diverse from those who worship only one god to those who worship hundreds of them to those who are philosophical and do not worship any.


What Are Their Needs?

The Deshwalis need the joy and peace that comes only from a relationship with Jesus Christ, the only Savior.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Deshwali will be attracted to Jesus, read the Bible and put all their faith in the sacrifice of the only Savior. Pray that the Deshwali council leaders will initiate a disciple making movement. Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers and intercessors for the Deshwali people.


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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Deshwali (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Deshwali (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 215,000
Population all Countries 215,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Deshbagh; Deshwali; देशवाली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16692
ROP3 Code 111919
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 5
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
192,000
Rajasthan
14,000
Chhattisgarh
6,900
Maharashtra
600
Odisha
40
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Madhya Pradesh 192,000
  Rajasthan 14,000
  Chhattisgarh 6,900
  Maharashtra 600
  Odisha 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (159,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Malvi
9,600
Mewari
6,600
Marwari
6,300
Nimadi
5,400
Chhattisgarhi
3,300
Marathi
500
Odia
40
Primary Language Hindi (159,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Malvi 9,600
  Mewari 6,600
  Marwari 6,300
  Nimadi 5,400
  Chhattisgarhi 3,300
  Marathi 500
  Odia 40
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more