Dhindhor Yadav in India


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

Introduction / History

The Yadav are a people who live throughout the nation of India. They are concentrated in north central India. The Dhindhor are a sub-group of the larger Yadav peoples. They claim to be descended from Krishna who is an avatar or reincarnation of the Hindu god, Vishnu. The primary occupation of the Yadav is the production and selling of dairy products. They are also work in agriculture.

Status is important in Hindu cultures. Yadav peoples, including the Dhindhor subgroup, are concerned about their status. The Yadav peoples hold a place of honor, since traditionally they deal with cattle and dairy products in a culture where the cow is sacred. There have been times in their long history that Yadav peoples have held power and wealth.

Today the Dhindhor are classified as "other backward castes" or OBCs for short in some Indian states. This sounds derisive, but in fact, this refers to people who hold some status, but are not part of the most prestigious communities. OBCs are eligible for government jobs and special consideration for university admissions.

The main language of the Dhindhor is Hindi. Many Christian resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. College educated Dhindhor also speak English.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dhindhor Yadav generally owned the land that they farm. Most are vegetarians whose main foods are rice and wheat along with fruit, vegetables and dairy products.

The Yadav marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit property and take care of elderly relatives. The Yadav encourage their sons and daughter to obtain university educations. Educated Yadav work in professions like government service, business, teaching, medicine, and computer science.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dhindhor Yadav 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 do. 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?

The high position of the Dhindhor Yadav in Indian society could be an obstacle for them to come to Christ. Hindu background believers can share with the Dhindhor Yadav the blessings of knowing Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Dhindhor Yadav.

Pray that Dhindhor Yadav leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their families and others to him.

Pray that Lord opens the spiritual eyes of the Dhindhor Yadav.

Ask the Lord to send workers to the Dhindhor Yadav.

Pray that the Lord raises up a growing church among the Dhindhor in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Yadav Dhindhor in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yadav

https://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0B10BMNU


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-03
People Name General Yadav Dhindhor
People Name in Country Yadav Dhindhor
Natural Name Dhindhor Yadav
Pronunciation deen-DOHR YAH-dahv
Population this Country 1,824,000
Population all Countries 1,842,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 36
Alternate Names यादव ढिंढोर
People ID 21294
ROP3 Code 118117
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 10
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
1,223,000
Bihar
328,000
Chhattisgarh
71,000
Jharkhand
52,000
Madhya Pradesh
39,000
Maharashtra
38,000
Karnataka
31,000
Gujarat
21,000
Rajasthan
5,600
Delhi
1,500
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 10
  Uttar Pradesh 1,223,000
  Bihar 328,000
  Chhattisgarh 71,000
  Jharkhand 52,000
  Madhya Pradesh 39,000
  Maharashtra 38,000
  Karnataka 31,000
  Gujarat 21,000
  Rajasthan 5,600
  Delhi 1,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (877,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
396,000
Awadhi
70,000
Chhattisgarhi
37,000
Kanauji
30,000
Maithili
28,000
Kannada
26,000
Marathi
25,000
Gujarati
18,000
Magahi
9,100
Bundeli
9,100
Khandesi
4,800
Dhundari
2,000
Angika
1,500
Bengali
1,100
Shekhawati
900
Primary Language Hindi (877,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 396,000
  Awadhi 70,000
  Chhattisgarhi 37,000
  Kanauji 30,000
  Maithili 28,000
  Kannada 26,000
  Marathi 25,000
  Gujarati 18,000
  Magahi 9,100
  Bundeli 9,100
  Khandesi 4,800
  Dhundari 2,000
  Angika 1,500
  Bengali 1,100
  Shekhawati 900
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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