Konkani Mahratta in India

The Konkani Mahratta have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Though the Mahrattas have a state named after them, Maharashtra, not all of them live there. Just south of Maharashtra is the state of Goa, where they speak Konkani as well as Marathi. Goa was once a Portuguese colony, and there are many Roman Catholics.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Konkani Mahratta work mainly in agriculture and in the sale of crops. Some work in business, government service or as day laborers. They have a council of elders to look after their interests. They believe in education and modern medicines.

They usually marry their cousins. Widowers and the divorced can marry again. They cremate their dead. Sons inherit the property after the father dies.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Jadhav Mahratta 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?

Being what Hindus call a "forward caste," the Konkani Mahrattas have high status. This status is strong in Hindu communities. Such a situation keeps entire communities bound to a particular religious system.


Prayer Points

There are many believers from Maharashtra and Goa; pray for them to reach out to the Konkani Mahrattas.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Konkani Mahrattas to the arms of Jesus.

Pray that believers will be filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit as they lovingly reach their Hindu neighbors.

Pray for his Kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Konkani Mahrattas.


Scripture Prayers for the Mahratta Konkani in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mahratta Konkani
People Name in Country Mahratta Konkani
Natural Name Konkani Mahratta
Pronunciation KOHN-kuh-nee mah-RAH-tah
Alternate Names महरातटा कोंकनी
Population this Country 673,000
Population all Countries 673,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
People ID 21189
ROP3 Code 118011
ROP25 Code 304945
ROP25 Name Mahratta
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
Maharashtra
547,000
Karnataka
98,000
Gujarat
16,000
Goa
5,700
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
  Maharashtra 547,000
  Karnataka 98,000
  Gujarat 16,000
  Goa 5,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.48 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.47 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Marathi (284,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Konkani
214,000
Khandesi
31,000
Ahirani
15,000
Hindi
15,000
Konkani, Goan
4,500
Primary Language Marathi (284,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 214,000
  Khandesi 31,000
  Ahirani 15,000
  Hindi 15,000
  Konkani, Goan 4,500
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
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