Introduction / History
The men of Hindu Jhojha were once soldiers in the armies of north India. Their name Jhojha comes from a word meaning, "battle."
Where Are they Located?
The Jhojha are essentially small and medium sized farmers. Their villages tend to be of one caste. The Jhojha cultivate wheat, maize, sorghum and sugar cane.
The Jhojha have tried to obtain status as an Outward Backward Scheduled Caste but so far have been unsuccessful. Indian Scheduled Castes receive special preference for government jobs and university admissions.
The primary language of the Jhojha is Hind. They also speak other regional languages.
Most Hindu Jhojha live in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A smaller group resides in Uttarakhand.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The Jhojha are an endogamous community, that is, they prefer marrying close kin. The families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit their father's property. The newly married couple lives near or with the groom's parents. Monogamy or marriage to one wife is the general rule.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Jhojha have fairly active caste councils, which deals with community welfare as well as an instrument of social control.
The Jhojha are not vegetarians but as Hindus they do not eat beef. Their main foods are wheat, maize, sorghum and seasonal vegetables and fruit.
The Jhojha practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. The worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They believe that by performing certain rituals and good works that they can attain moksha, knowledge and freedom. They will then escape the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Jhojha visit Hindu temples to offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods in a hope to obtain favor.
What Are Their Needs?
The Jhojha participate in the yearly Hindu holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.
The Hindu Jhojha need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out in practical ways before them by Christians. They need help in bringing modern conveniences to their villages and in educating their children.
Pray the Jhojha will turn from their Hindu gods to the true God of the Bible.
Pray that the Lord leads Christian workers to befriend and serve the Jhojha.
Pray that the Lord raises up Bible-believing churches in the Jhojha community.
Scripture Prayers for the Jhojha (Hindu traditions) in India.