Gandharb (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Gandharb (aka Gandharv) community was often referred to in ancient Sanskrit texts which are sacred to Hindus. They might be one of the landed Jat communities. They have seven clans in their people group. They were once singers and musicians who were employed by nautch girls, who danced to entice men.


Where Are they Located?

This Hindu people found mainly in the north Indian states of Gujarat, Jharkhand and Bihar. There might be a small number in Nepal as well.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, some of them are still musicians, but many have fallen into the category of landless farm workers. Most speak either Hindi or Bhojpuri, two common languages in northern India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gandharb people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Gandharb 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Gandharb people are 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?

The Gandharb people need the chance to follow the Lord, who offers them an abundant life. At this time, they are what the famous British missionary statesman, William Carey, called “no choice people.”


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gandharb (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.

* Pray for God's kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Gandharb people in Nepal.
* Pray for a movement of Gandharb households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Gandharb people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Gandharb people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16811/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16811/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandharv


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gandharb (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Gandharb (Hindu traditions)
World Population 15,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gandharb; Gandharp; Gandharv; Gandhrap; Gandhrav; Gandhraw; गंधर्ब (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16811
ROP3 Code 112075
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Janakpur
80
Sagarmatha
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Janakpur 80
  Sagarmatha 50
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Maithili (100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Maithili (100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
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 (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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