Ghantarghada in India

The Ghantarghada have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Ghantarghada are a scheduled caste who live in Odisha. Their name comes from the word ghonta meaning bell. They speak Odiya and Laria.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ghantarghada work mostly as blacksmiths which is their traditional occupation. They are not vegetarians who eat rice as a staple food. Women help the men as well as taking part in religious and social matters. They use modern and traditional medicines. They have a low literacy level due to being poor, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ghantarghada people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ghantarghada people need to accept the warm embrace of the only savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian Christians lead them to into an unstoppable disciple making movement.

Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film become easily available in their communities.

Pray that they are freed from poverty to the glory of God.

Pray for spiritual openness.


Scripture Prayers for the Ghantarghada in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ghantarghada
People Name in Country Ghantarghada
Population this Country 8,700
Population all Countries 8,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ghantara; Ghantra; गणतरा
People ID 16788
ROP3 Code 117792
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)
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 1
  Odisha 8,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (8,700 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Odia (8,700 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.41 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.59 %
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 data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more