Mahyavanshi in India


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

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Pancholi 145,000
Maruvankar 33,000
Vankar 33,000

Introduction / History

The Mahyavanshi people are found in many parts of India but are mainly located in South Gujarat and north Maharashtra. The Mahyavanshi were originally residents south Gujarat, but upper castes took their land and persecuted them. Many of the Mahyavanshi went to Mumbai to work for the British as butlers, cooks, drivers, etc. Now the Mahyavanshi community is well educated by self development and also with the help of goverment.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mahyavanshi mother sat stone-faced before her grown children. She said, "Before your father died my needs as your mother were always met. Now you children are arguing over the inheritance. Remember our custom, that the inheritance is to be equally divided by the sons and unmarried daughters, and sometimes," she paused and swallowed hard, "the widow is also given a share. I need that share, since there is no one to care for me."

Among the Mahyavanshi communities of Mumbai, widow re-marriage is not allowed. Most of their practices are Animistic, though they call themselves Hindu. Like many Hindu communities in this materialistic city, the Mahyavanshis have a special devotion to Ganesh, the Hindu god whom they believe helps them overcome obstacles and achieve prosperity.

As one of the Dalit communities, they have a certain number of jobs reserved for them in government offices. They are a diligent people who have a high literacy rate, two factors that make them desirable employees. Most of them speak Gujarati and either Marathi or Hindu, all of which are important languages in Mumbai.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mahyavanshi are Hindu in religion. They are proud to be Hindu and have not changed their religion even though there have been aggressive attacks of Islam.

Legend says Yug Purush (Man of an age) Mahya (because of his name the caste became known as Mahyavanshi) was born in Patan of north Gujarat. His parent's names were King Karnadev and Minal Solanki. Because of an unfavorable forecast by state astrologers, King Karnadev abandoned his son in the desert. Yug Purush was found by a man named Dharamsinh who called the boy Mahyo. Dharmsinh raised and trained Mahyo. Mahyo sacrificed himself for the life of people, animals and birds.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften hearts as Christian workers use the JESUS Film, gospel cassettes and Christian radio to reach them, showing them Jesus, the only One Who can give true prosperity in this life and the life to come.
Pray that God will use Mahyavanshi people to lead other Dalit groups to the Savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Mahyavanshi in India.


Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-12
People Name General Mahyavanshi
People Name in Country Mahyavanshi
Population this Country 1,976,000
Population all Countries 2,000,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 40
Alternate Names Dhed; Ganeshya; Ganishya; Harijan; Mahya Bansi; Mahya Vanshi Vankar; Mahyavansi Vankor; Maru Vankar; Meghwal; Muru Vankal; Vankar; महयवंशी
People ID 17410
ROP3 Code 112810
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
1,918,000
Maharashtra
18,000
Tamil Nadu
5,900
Daman and Diu
4,200
Madhya Pradesh
2,600
Dadra and Nagar Have
2,500
West Bengal
1,700
Odisha
1,600
Delhi
1,600
Rajasthan
1,500
Telangana
1,300
Jharkhand
900
Uttar Pradesh
700
Andhra Pradesh
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 1,918,000
  Maharashtra 18,000
  Tamil Nadu 5,900
  Daman and Diu 4,200
  Madhya Pradesh 2,600
  Dadra and Nagar Have 2,500
  West Bengal 1,700
  Odisha 1,600
  Delhi 1,600
  Rajasthan 1,500
  Telangana 1,300
  Jharkhand 900
  Uttar Pradesh 700
  Andhra Pradesh 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (1,587,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Hindi
44,000
Marathi
13,000
Kacchi
9,400
Saurashtra
3,800
Koli, Wadiyari
1,300
Konkani
1,000
Odia
500
Nimadi
300
Marwari
200
Malvi
90
Chhattisgarhi
40
Primary Language Gujarati (1,587,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 44,000
  Marathi 13,000
  Kacchi 9,400
  Saurashtra 3,800
  Koli, Wadiyari 1,300
  Konkani 1,000
  Odia 500
  Nimadi 300
  Marwari 200
  Malvi 90
  Chhattisgarhi 40
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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 Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zume Resources
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.42 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.51 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.07 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* 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 Hasmukh Barot / Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more