Yadav (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

The Yadav in Nepal are in every way related with the Yadav in the northern states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in India.

It's easy to find out who a Yadav is. Just ask them their name and they will tell you their first name followed by their title which is always Yadav.

The Yadav appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. They are spoken of as robbers and foreigners. They claim connection to the god Krishna since he was a herdsman.

The Yadav are a caste comprised of milkmen, cowherds, cattle raisers and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling animal products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders. In 2008 Nepal became a democratic country. The first president was Ram Baran Yadav.


Where Are they Located?

They are living almost all over South-Nepal. The highest concentration is in the provinces Janakpur, Sagarmatha, Narayani and Lumbini.

In India the Yadav have many language groups but in Nepal you can reach almost all of them by using 3 languages only (Nepali, Maithili and Bhojpuri).


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yadav live in joint families. Most of them are vegetarian but many start eating fish, mutton, chicken and sometimes pork, but not beef. Child labor is common among them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yadav participate in the local traditional and socio-religious festivals. They have expertise in oral traditions and group singing in praise of the god Vishnu, Krishna or one of the many other gods that they worship. Similarly, they are good in musical dance and wrestling. In India in some places they are also known to do some mock-fighting with swords but in Nepal that is not known (as far as we know). Boys are favored for formal education. They are known to have more faith in astrology and talismans rather than in the services of a doctor.


What Are Their Needs?

They need to hear about the way of salvation. Most of the Yadav die never hearing the Name of Jesus once in a lifetime!

But also life, lifestyle and living standard are changing all over the nation. The next generation will need to get other kinds of jobs. To get those jobs they need education but proper education is missing in many places (especially in the villages).


Prayer Points

Pray for the salvation of the Yadav people.
Pray for short and long term workers / teams to come and pioneer new ministries among the Yadav.
For new focused evangelism and church planting ministries.
For literacy and community development work.
For Christian social workers eradicating alcoholism.
Christian workers to meet their spiritual and physical needs.
For the practice of child labor to end among the Yadav people.
For education to be made available to girls as well to the boys.


Scripture Prayers for the Yadav (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Reach the Yadav  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-07-14
Reach the Yadav
Yadav People profile video
People Name General Yadav (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation YAH-dahv
Population this Country 1,042,000
Population all Countries 42,015,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 21
Alternate Names Abhir; Adav; Adavigolla; Aharwar; Ahir; Ahirani; Ahir-Goala; Asthanagolla; Ayar; Ayar-Boricha; Baredi; Brajwari; Chosh; Couli; Dhangar; Erumakar; Gaolan; Gaoli; Gauvali; Gawal; Gawli; Gayla; Ghasi; Ghosh; Goala; Gol; Gola; Golar; Golkar; Golla; Gollewar; Gop; Gopa; Gopali; Gope; Gopi; Gosangi; Gouli; Gowala; Gullar; Gwal; Gwala; Hir; Idaiyan; Idaiyar; Idayar; Iruman; Jadav; Ji; Kolaya; Konar; Konarulu; Makhar; Muniyani; Pillai; Rai; Rao; Rao Saheb; Rao Sahib; Raut; Reo Saheb; Sadgoala; Sadgope; Sargope; Yadav; Yadava; Yadha; Yadhava; Yadukulum; यादव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16187
ROP3 Code 111292
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Janakpur
353,000
Sagarmatha
262,000
Narayani
202,000
Lumbini
145,000
Kosi
55,000
Bheri
32,000
Bagmati
9,500
Rapti
8,300
Mechi
5,300
Seti
1,100
Gandaki
800
Mahakali
400
Dhaulagiri
100
Karnali
70
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Janakpur 353,000
  Sagarmatha 262,000
  Narayani 202,000
  Lumbini 145,000
  Kosi 55,000
  Bheri 32,000
  Bagmati 9,500
  Rapti 8,300
  Mechi 5,300
  Seti 1,100
  Gandaki 800
  Mahakali 400
  Dhaulagiri 100
  Karnali 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (723,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
197,000
Awadhi
94,000
Magahi
13,000
Nepali
10,000
Hindi
9,200
Angika
4,200
Bengali
600
Rangpuri
400
Dotyali
200
Bagheli
80
Rawat
10
Primary Language Maithili (723,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 197,000
  Awadhi 94,000
  Magahi 13,000
  Nepali 10,000
  Hindi 9,200
  Angika 4,200
  Bengali 600
  Rangpuri 400
  Dotyali 200
  Bagheli 80
  Rawat 10
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zume Resources
General Zume Training
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Maithili
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.04 %
* From latest Nepal 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 Reach the Yadav  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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