Shenva (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Shenva, also known as Rawat, are a Scheduled Caste in the state of Gujarat, which entitles them to certain government benefits. The Shenva (Rawat) community consists of several exogamous clans.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are mainly agricultural laborers and have their own land and homes. They worship Shree Chamunda Mataji, which are clan deities, on festivals and during life-cycle ceremonies. According to their tradition they believe they are descendants of Rajput who fled into the forests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Shenva 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?

They need to improve their vocational skills so they will be qualified for these better positions.


Prayer Points

Please pray for workers to come to the Hindu Shenva people, workers who are able to communicate well the good news about Jesus Christ. Pray for their encouragement and protection and provision.
A small number of the Shenva people have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. This is very encouraging. Please pray these Christians will be properly instructed in the ways of Christ and will live holy lives in the power of the Lord's Spirit.
Pray they will represent Christ well to their families and friends.
Pray the Lord will give these people understanding as the gospel comes to them.


Scripture Prayers for the Shenva (Hindu traditions) in India.


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People Name General Shenva (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Shenva (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Chenva; Ravat; Sedma; Sedna Shenma; Sendhava; Senva; Senwa; Shenva; Shindhva; Shingadya; Shingdav; Sindhava; शेनवा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 141,000
Population all Countries 143,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 18086
ROP3 Code 113587
ROP25 Code 307385
ROP25 Name Senva
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 4
Largest States
Gujarat
136,000
Rajasthan
2,100
Maharashtra
1,500
Daman and Diu
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Gujarat 136,000
  Rajasthan 2,100
  Maharashtra 1,500
  Daman and Diu 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (114,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Hindi
2,600
Mewari
800
Marathi
500
Kacchi
400
Koli, Wadiyari
60
Primary Language Gujarati (114,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 2,600
  Mewari 800
  Marathi 500
  Kacchi 400
  Koli, Wadiyari 60
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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