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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Gandharb (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Gandharb (Hindu traditions)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Gandharb; Gandharp; Gandharv; Gandhrap; Gandhrav; Gandhraw; गंधर्ब (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||32 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Maithili
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1986-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|