Gandharb (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

Gandharb (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Gandharb (Hindu traditions)
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 200
World Population: 17,200
Primary Language: Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Gandharb (aka Gandharv) community was often referred to in ancient Sanskrit texts which are sacred to Hindus. They might be one of the landed Jat communities. They have seven clans in their people group. They were once singers and musicians who were employed by nautch girls, who danced to entice men.

Where Are they Located?

This Hindu people found mainly in the north Indian states of Gujarat, Jharkhand and Bihar. There might be a small number in Nepal as well.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, some of them are still musicians, but many have fallen into the category of landless farm workers. Most speak either Hindi or Bhojpuri, two common languages in northern India.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gandharb people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Gandharb 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Gandharb people are 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 Gandharb people need the chance to follow the Lord, who offers them an abundant life. At this time, they are what the famous British missionary statesman, William Carey, called "no choice people."

Prayer Points

Pray for God's kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Gandharb people in Nepal.
Pray for a movement of Gandharb households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Gandharb people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Gandharb people.

Text Source:   Keith Carey