Kalwar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction

The Kalwar name comes from the Sanskrit word for "distiller of liquor". They were traditionally distillers and sellers of alcohol in north and central India. Since this profession was considered demeaning by most castes in Indian society, many Kalwars around the year 1900 began to leave their original trade for other careers. Although some of the Kalwars still are in the liquor business, most have taken jobs in agriculture, business, the military, government service, medicine, accounting, education, and engineering. The Kalwar speak the primary languages of the locations where they live including Hindi, Bengali, Maithili, and Nepali.


Ministry Obstacles

It is very difficult for someone to turn away from the faith of their fathers to join Christ's family. This people group has not considered the claims of Christ, and they have few opportunities to do so.


Outreach Ideas

Believers from other parts of Nepal can be Christ's ambassadors to this Hindu people group.


Prayer Focus

There are no known Kalwar believers in Nepal, so pray that the 2020s will be a decade of spiritual breakthroughs among them. Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Hindu Kalwar people in Nepal. Pray for a movement of Hindu Kalwar households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ. Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Hindu Kalwar people.


Scripture Prayers for the Kalwar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kalwar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kalwar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation KAHL-wahr
Population this Country 128,000
Population all Countries 2,786,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Kalai; Kalal; Kalan; Kalar; Kalari; Kaleri; Kalladi; Kallar; Kalol; Kalya; Konwar; Sehare; Sehore; Sudhi; कलवार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17061
ROP3 Code 112399
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Narayani
57,000
Janakpur
38,000
Lumbini
9,500
Sagarmatha
8,900
Bagmati
7,000
Kosi
4,700
Bheri
1,400
Mechi
1,100
Gandaki
1,000
Seti
200
Rapti
100
Mahakali
20
Dhaulagiri
10
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Narayani 57,000
  Janakpur 38,000
  Lumbini 9,500
  Sagarmatha 8,900
  Bagmati 7,000
  Kosi 4,700
  Bheri 1,400
  Mechi 1,100
  Gandaki 1,000
  Seti 200
  Rapti 100
  Mahakali 20
  Dhaulagiri 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (74,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
41,000
Awadhi
4,800
Hindi
3,900
Nepali
2,300
Angika
500
Magahi
200
Bengali
200
Bantawa: Amchoke
200
Dotyali
40
Primary Language Maithili (74,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 41,000
  Awadhi 4,800
  Hindi 3,900
  Nepali 2,300
  Angika 500
  Magahi 200
  Bengali 200
  Bantawa: Amchoke 200
  Dotyali 40
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zúme Training
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Maithili
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.19 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.81 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2022  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more