Gauda in India

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

Introduction / History

The Hindu Gauda people live primarily in in the Indian state of Odisha. Their languages are Odiya and Hindi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Gauda cultivate land that they own. Their main occupations are agricultural work and cattle herding. Educated Gauda are employed in professions like medicine, law, engineering, computer science, and politics.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gauda 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?

When the Gauda become believers, they may be shunned by their Hindu families. This may result in a loss of income and social contacts.

Bibles, literature and radio programs exist in Oriya. Hindu background believers can share with the Gauda the blessings of knowing Christ and having one's sins forgiven.


Prayer Points

Pray that the tiny number of Gauda believers will be trained in the ways of the Lord.

Pray they reach out to their brothers and sisters with the gospel.

Pray for the Lord to bless the Gauda people physically and spiritually.

Pray that Gauda leaders will love Jesus Christ and lead the other Gauda to live in ways that please him.


Scripture Prayers for the Gauda in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-09-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-04
People Name General Gauda
People Name in Country Gauda
Pronunciation GO-dah
Population this Country 2,410,000
Population all Countries 2,410,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 48
Alternate Names Gaora; Gaude; Gaudo; Gaura; Gavara Naidu; Gouda; Gour; Gowri; Gowri Puthrulu; Gowriyulu; Nau Hindu; Potro; गौड़ा
People ID 16800
ROP3 Code 112063
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 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Odisha
1,828,000
Jharkhand
467,000
Karnataka
32,000
Chhattisgarh
18,000
Goa
13,000
Andhra Pradesh
10,000
Tripura
8,100
Assam
5,900
West Bengal
5,200
Delhi
1,100
Maharashtra
1,100
Manipur
800
Arunachal Pradesh
200
Madhya Pradesh
200
Gujarat
100
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 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Odisha 1,828,000
  Jharkhand 467,000
  Karnataka 32,000
  Chhattisgarh 18,000
  Goa 13,000
  Andhra Pradesh 10,000
  Tripura 8,100
  Assam 5,900
  West Bengal 5,200
  Delhi 1,100
  Maharashtra 1,100
  Manipur 800
  Arunachal Pradesh 200
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Gujarat 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (1,571,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
267,000
Bengali
65,000
Chhattisgarhi
44,000
Kannada
20,000
Konkani, Goan
11,000
Kui
10,000
Konkani
7,700
Telugu
7,200
Desiya
3,900
Magahi
3,500
Kudmali
3,400
Kurux
3,100
Bhatri
3,000
Assamese
2,900
Pengo
2,800
Primary Language Odia (1,571,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 267,000
  Bengali 65,000
  Chhattisgarhi 44,000
  Kannada 20,000
  Konkani, Goan 11,000
  Kui 10,000
  Konkani 7,700
  Telugu 7,200
  Desiya 3,900
  Magahi 3,500
  Kudmali 3,400
  Kurux 3,100
  Bhatri 3,000
  Assamese 2,900
  Pengo 2,800
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.81 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.10 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more