Tharu in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 9

Subgroup Name Population
Dangue 13,000
Khatheria 13,000
Bantar 7,000
Chitwania 7,000
Garhwalia 7,000
Khawas 7,000
Lampochwa 7,000
Mahawat 7,000
Rautar 7,000

Introduction

The Tharu have lived quiet, simple lives for four centuries. They are a gentle people. They make almost everything they use themselves, with a touch of art in everything. They have their own gods and follow a Bharra (shaman). Besides the Bharra, who treats their diseases, the village headman, bhalamansa, and the Desi-Mahajan - an Indian moneylender - are important people within the village. They are becoming more aware of outside issues and fireside chat in the evenings is becoming more outward focused, reflecting changes in their culture.


Ministry Obstacles

The Tharu speak several languages, and are spread over a wide area of Nepal.


Outreach Ideas

Ask the Lord to raise up and send out a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses from among the Tharu people. The Lord is rapidly building his church in Nepal.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few Christians among the Tharu community. Pray they will become true disciples, moving beyond mere cultural identification with Christ. Pray for the gift of conviction of sin, and for zealous hearts to really know and follow Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the gentle Tharu people to be protected from those who would take advantage of them. Pray they will be able to care adequately for their families.


Scripture Prayers for the Tharu in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tharu
People Name in Country Tharu
World Population 2,172,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Kathoriya; Kathoriya Tharu; Mahatos; Mahatu; Tharu Rana; थारू
People ID 15464
ROP3 Code 110011
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Tharu
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 9
  Dangue 13,000
  Khatheria 13,000
  Bantar 7,000
  Chitwania 7,000
  Garhwalia 7,000
  Khawas 7,000
  Lampochwa 7,000
  Mahawat 7,000
  Rautar 7,000
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Bihar
218,000
Uttar Pradesh
105,000
Uttarakhand
90,000
Assam
50,000
West Bengal
25,000
Sikkim
15,000
Arunachal Pradesh
1,100
Manipur
900
Meghalaya
700
Maharashtra
400
Madhya Pradesh
300
Himachal Pradesh
200
Jharkhand
100
Punjab
50
Telangana
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Bihar 218,000
  Uttar Pradesh 105,000
  Uttarakhand 90,000
  Assam 50,000
  West Bengal 25,000
  Sikkim 15,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 1,100
  Manipur 900
  Meghalaya 700
  Maharashtra 400
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Himachal Pradesh 200
  Jharkhand 100
  Punjab 50
  Telangana 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tharu, Madhya-Purbiya (118,000 speakers)
Language Code thq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
117,000
Nepali
84,000
Tharu, Kathariya
70,000
Kumaoni
50,000
Bhojpuri
33,000
Maithili
13,000
Tharu, Rana
9,700
Kanauji
8,000
Buksa
6,300
Bengali
2,100
Odia
900
Urdu
200
Kannada
200
Awadhi
100
Garhwali
100
Primary Language Tharu, Madhya-Purbiya (118,000 speakers)
Language Code thq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 117,000
  Nepali 84,000
  Tharu, Kathariya 70,000
  Kumaoni 50,000
  Bhojpuri 33,000
  Maithili 13,000
  Tharu, Rana 9,700
  Kanauji 8,000
  Buksa 6,300
  Bengali 2,100
  Odia 900
  Urdu 200
  Kannada 200
  Awadhi 100
  Garhwali 100
People Groups Speaking Tharu, Madhya-Purbiya

Primary Language:  Tharu, Madhya-Purbiya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2003-2019)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tharu, Madhya-Purbiya
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path (Morangiya Tharu)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.31 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.28 %
Islam
0.26 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.06 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more