Tharu in India

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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Tharu
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 453,000
World Population: 2,112,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 1.48 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The Tharu have lived quiet, simple lives for four centuries. They are a gentle people. They make almost everything they use themselves, with a touch of art in everything. They have their own gods and follow a Bharra (shaman). Besides the Bharra, who treats their diseases, the village headman, bhalamansa, and the Desi-Mahajan - an Indian moneylender - are important people within the village. They are becoming more aware of outside issues and fireside chat in the evenings is becoming more outward focused, reflecting changes in their culture.

Ministry Obstacles

The Tharu speak several languages, and are spread over a wide area of Nepal.

Outreach Ideas

Ask the Lord to raise up and send out a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses from among the Tharu people. The Lord is rapidly building his church in Nepal.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few Christians among the Tharu community. Pray they will become true disciples, moving beyond mere cultural identification with Christ. Pray for the gift of conviction of sin, and for zealous hearts to really know and follow Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the gentle Tharu people to be protected from those who would take advantage of them. Pray they will be able to care adequately for their families.

Text Source:   Joshua Project