Dhangar Bharwad in India


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Introduction / History

The Dhangar Bharwad are a Hindu caste of herders. The word dhangar is derived from the Sanskrit word dhenu, meaning cow. They keep a special breed of cows and buffalo known as Dhangar mhasi and Dhangar gai.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dhangar people have roamed the hills and forests of western India and Pakistan's Sindh Province for hundreds of years searching for greenery and water for their livestock. Due to their low caste status, their occupation and lack of education, the Dhangar are looked down upon.
The Dhangar have begun to live in settled villages. Traditionally, the Dhangar have raised goats, sheep, cattle, and buffalo. Since they are Hindus, they would not eat the meat of the cattle or buffalo because these animals are sacred. But they will sell dairy products produced by cattle or buffalo. They might butcher and sell the meat of goats and sheep.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dhangar Bharwad have a special affinity for Khandoba and Biroba, two Hindu deities. Parents name their children after ancestors, gods and goddesses. Only a tiny number of the Dhangar are believers in Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

Most of the Dhangar children have been unable to attend school on a regular basis. As a result, many of the Dhangar are illiterate. They need better educational opportunities.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Dhangar Bharwad community to be blessed with better schools and the chance for the next generation to excel academically.
Pray the Dhangar will increasingly hunger to know the creator God in a personal way.
Pray for them to make Christ-like disciples who will make other disciples.
Pray Christian believers among the Dhangar community will become mature in the faith, able to have a bold, kind witness for Jesus to their neighbors.


Scripture Prayers for the Dhangar Bharwad in India.


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People Name General Dhangar Bharwad
People Name in Country Dhangar Bharwad
Pronunciation den-GUR BAR-vahd
Alternate Names Ahir; Atkar; Baria; Baria Mota Bharwad; Bhalwad; Bharwad; Chosa; Chosia; Dbgri; Dhalgar; Dhang; Dharhiad; Dharwad; Dhudhiya Bharwad; Dung; Gadarai; Gadri; Gavada; Hatar; Hatgar; Hatkar; Janapada; Kabari; Kurmar; Kuruba; Kurubar; Mota Bhai Bharwad; Nana Bhai Bharwad; Oraon; Pal; ढानगर
Population this Country 3,335,000
Population all Countries 3,405,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 67
People ID 16700
ROP3 Code 111931
ROP25 Code 302050
ROP25 Name Dhangar
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
1,693,000
Karnataka
1,302,000
Maharashtra
171,000
Madhya Pradesh
57,000
Uttar Pradesh
52,000
Tamil Nadu
8,700
Daman and Diu
3,800
Rajasthan
2,800
Chhattisgarh
2,600
Odisha
2,500
West Bengal
1,700
Delhi
1,700
Uttarakhand
1,500
Telangana
1,300
Jharkhand
1,200
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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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 1,693,000
  Karnataka 1,302,000
  Maharashtra 171,000
  Madhya Pradesh 57,000
  Uttar Pradesh 52,000
  Tamil Nadu 8,700
  Daman and Diu 3,800
  Rajasthan 2,800
  Chhattisgarh 2,600
  Odisha 2,500
  West Bengal 1,700
  Delhi 1,700
  Uttarakhand 1,500
  Telangana 1,300
  Jharkhand 1,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.83 %
Islam
0.03 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (1,364,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 41
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
720,000
Marathi
522,000
Hindi
136,000
Kacchi
20,000
Bhojpuri
2,700
Telugu
2,300
Sourashtra
2,300
Bhili
2,100
Malvi
1,900
Koli, Wadiyari
1,700
Konkani
1,600
Odia
1,400
Nimadi
1,100
Chhattisgarhi
1,100
Gondi, Northern
1,000
Primary Language Gujarati (1,364,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 41
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 720,000
  Marathi 522,000
  Hindi 136,000
  Kacchi 20,000
  Bhojpuri 2,700
  Telugu 2,300
  Sourashtra 2,300
  Bhili 2,100
  Malvi 1,900
  Koli, Wadiyari 1,700
  Konkani 1,600
  Odia 1,400
  Nimadi 1,100
  Chhattisgarhi 1,100
  Gondi, Northern 1,000
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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