Mahratta Shinde in India

Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Mahratta Shinde
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 662,000
World Population: 662,000
Primary Language: Marathi
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 - Mahratta
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Mahrattas were famous for being warriors, including the Shinde sub group. Today they mainly work in agriculture or business. Almost all of the Shinde Mahrattas still in in their original homeland which we now call Maharashtra.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Shinde work mainly in agriculture and in the sale of crops. Some work in business, government service or as day laborers. They have a council of elders to look after their interests. They believe in education and modern medicines.

They usually marry their cousins. Widowers and the divorced can marry again. They cremate their dead. Sons inherit the property after the father dies.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Shinde Mahratta people 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. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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?

This Hindu people needs to put their faith in the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer Points

Pray that Shinde council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to him.

Pray that gospel materials will lead entire Shinde Mahratta families into life-giving faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray for a prayer movement for the Shinde Mahratta, followed by Christian workers.

Text Source:   Joshua Project