Garoda (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Garoda are strictly vegetarian, and their staple cereals are wheat and bajra. They have territorial subgroups, which are also marriage circles and marriages are to occur only within these marriage circles. Common surnames include Srimali, Sharma, Gandhi, Pandiya, Srigaur, Purani, etc.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their women mainly do household work. The earlier practice of child marriage has been replaced by adult marriage. Traditionally, the Garoda are priests to the Vankar, Chamar, Khalpa, Nadia, Turi, Tirgar, and Shenva communities, who also engage them as astrologers. Each of the Garoda gotras (clans) is associated with a specific deity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Garoda people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of South Asia. 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?

Lack of Christian workers who are well prepared for the task is usually a hindrance as the gospel goes forth in the world. The Garoda have a fairly high literacy rate. Printed presentations of the gospel will be useful, as well as oral presentations.


Prayer Points

Please pray the Lord will soon send loving workers to tell the Garoda people about Jesus Christ.
Please pray the Garoda community will soon be completely set free from the influence of evil spiritual forces.
Pray for a movement to Christ that will bless the entire Garoda community in Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Garoda (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Garoda (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Garoda (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Borikar; Deshi; Gara; Garadiga; Garda; Gare; Garg; Garo; Garrudi; Garubar; Garuda; Garudi; Garwadi; Gorg; Gurda; Gurna; Guru; Gurwa; Jadibutiwale; Joshi; Kapadi; Madari; Madukali; Modikar; Pandiya; गरोड़ा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 163,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16794
ROP3 Code 112057
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 12,000
Website South Asia Peoples
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (8,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
4,400
Kacchi
300
Saraiki
200
Primary Language Sindhi (8,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 4,400
  Kacchi 300
  Saraiki 200
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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