Khavar in India

Photo Source:  Gerald Roberts 
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Khavar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 174,000
World Population: 174,000
Primary Language: Gujarati
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

The name Khawas, or Khavar, means "important." The important and loyal servants of the rulers and lesser chiefs of the pre-independence period were known as khaas people, who later formed a caste by the name Khawas. They have eight subdivisions and several clans. They claim to be Rajputs because of their close association with royal families.

The Khavar people live in Gujarat and speak Gujarati.

What Are Their Lives Like?

People from other castes can be admitted into their caste for a nominal fee.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Khavar are Hindu and follow the Vaishanav sect. Every clan has its own deity, which is placated by a shaman. In addition, their ancestors are placated on a specified festival day.

What Are Their Needs?

The Khavar people need spiritual hunger to seek and find the only savior. They need workers.

Prayer Points

Please pray the Khavar people will not be proud, not important in their own eyes. Pride is a deadly sin and often prevents a humble acceptance of God's gifts.

Pray for their elders to have dreams and visions of Jesus Christ that will draw them to the throne of grace.

Pray for loving workers to go to the Khavar people.

Pray for persecution of Christians in Gujarat to stop so that the people there will be free to turn to Jesus.

Text Source:   Joshua Project