Bharathar (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Bharathar (Hindu traditions)
Country: Sri Lanka
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 400
World Population: 15,400
Primary Language: Tamil
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Bharatha people live mainly on the western coast of Sri Lanka. In time past they were known to be a seafaring people—pearl divers and fishermen.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are still known to be pearl divers and fishermen. Their lives center around the tenets of the Hindu religion that dominates their lives in every respect.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Bharathar people in Sri Lanka 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. Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods hoping to gain protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.

What Are Their Needs?

Bharatha people in Sri Lanka have practical and educational needs. Bible written, audio, visual resources exist in their Tamil language, yet they remain unreached. Who will tell them?

Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare Bharatha people in Sri Lanka for the time when He will be fully revealed to them. Pray that existing Tamil Bible resources will soon be available to them. Pray that they will be spiritually open.

Text Source:   Joshua Project