Kharwar in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kharwar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 672,000
World Population: 691,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.14 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

In the state of Madya Pradesh in India, there are many tribal peoples that play a part in Indian culture. One of them is the Kharwar, and most anthropologists agree they are one of the original tribes in India. The term Kharwar means grass and it has been said that they never destroy grass.

Kharwar come from the family of Dravidians. Some Kharwar say they are from the Suryavanshi Rajputs. The Indian government classes them as a scheduled tribe.

Where Are they Located?

Kharwar also live in Delhi, and in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are features that distinguish the Kharmar tribe from others. They have a normal appearance, but are different in complexion. They tend to keep to themselves and they are not influenced by modern society.

Unlike most tribes, Kharwar people do not have a language of their own, but they speak Hindi, and they are not well educated. The surnames they use include Singh, Kharwar and Mandal.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are mainly Hindu in religion. They worship most of the Hindu gods like Shiva, Vishnu and Rama. They celebrate Hindu festivals.

What Are Their Needs?

Bible visual, audio, and written resources exist in the Hindi language, but Kharwar people remain unreached.

They need to understand that the Creator of all that they worship loves them and has made provision for them to live with Him eternally.

Kharwar people need the privilege of education to improve their quality of life and opportunity.

Prayer Points

Pray urgently for the Lord to thrust out workers to bring His Word to the Kharwar people.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to equip, empower, protect, and guide these laborers to bear fruit that will last: rapidly multiplying disciples and household churches that lead to a Church Planting Movement (CPM).
Ask the Holy Spirit to raise up harvesters from within the CPM that will be sent out to other unreached people groups until there is no place left in Kharwar where Christ is not preached, known, lived, and worshiped.

Text Source:   Karen Hightower