Nikhad Gadaria in India

The Gadaria Nikhad have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The name Gadaria means "one who tends sheep." Taking care of and rearing sheep and goats has been the traditional occupation of the Gadaria people of north India. A sub-group of the larger Gadaria people who live in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is the Nikhad Gadaria. They speak the languages of the area where they live. Their main language is Hindi. A revised copy of the Hindi Bible became available in 2012. The Nikhad are a primarily oral culture so the gospel must be presented to them in audio and visual form.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most Nikhad Gadaria still follow the profession of their ancestors, the herding sheep and goats. They sell the animals, wool, hides, milk, and meat to purchase things that they cannot make for themselves. Women also weave woolen blankets to sell. Many Nikhad own small and medium size plots of land where they grow vegetables and fruit. Their women help the men with the animals and tend to the crops along with taking care of the children. Many Gadaria children quit school early to help their parents earn a living. Some of the Nikhad have left their traditional occupation and have become construction and factory workers. Some educated Gadaria work for the government and teach for a living. The Nikhad Gadaria marry within their group but not within the same village. Marriage to one spouse is the norm although a man may take another wife if his first wife is unable to have children. Sons inherit the property of their father. They use both modern and traditional medicines. Each village has a shaman or village priest who gives out medical remedies and helps protect the Nikhad from "evil spirits."


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nikhad Gadaria practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Their form of Hinduism is mixed with animism or the belief in spirits inhabiting the objects of nature. The Nikhad give special reverence to Vishnu and his avatars Krishna and Rama. 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 Nikhad visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Nikhad 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 caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Nikhad Gadaria consider themselves to be Vaishyas but other Hindus see them as the working caste.


What Are Their Needs?

Rural Nikhad need good schools for their children. The villages where the Nikhad live may not have access to clean water or electricity. Most of all, the Nikhad need to hear and understand a clear presentation of the gospel. Jesus is much more than another Hindu god or guru. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gadaria Nikhad in India.

*Ask the Lord to send workers to the Nikhad Gadaria to meet their spiritual and physical needs. *Pray that Nikhad parents are able to adequately provide for their children. *Pray for Nikhad families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ and His finished work. *Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Nikhad Gadaria in this decade.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/gadaria/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadaria  https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/now-gadaria-in-scheduled-caste-category-109862       


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gadaria Nikhad
People Name in Country Gadaria Nikhad
Natural Name Nikhad Gadaria
Population this Country 1,381,000
Population all Countries 1,381,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 28
Alternate Names
People ID 21719
ROP3 Code 118507
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 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
1,348,000
Bihar
13,000
Madhya Pradesh
11,000
Uttarakhand
5,200
Delhi
1,900
Chhattisgarh
1,600
Maharashtra
100
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 7
  Uttar Pradesh 1,348,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Madhya Pradesh 11,000
  Uttarakhand 5,200
  Delhi 1,900
  Chhattisgarh 1,600
  Maharashtra 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,005,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
161,000
Bhojpuri
110,000
Awadhi
76,000
Bundeli
12,000
Bagheli
4,700
Garhwali
3,600
Malvi
1,200
Haryanvi
1,100
Chhattisgarhi
1,000
Maithili
1,000
Angika
300
Braj Bhasha
300
Kumaoni
300
Primary Language Hindi (1,005,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji 161,000
  Bhojpuri 110,000
  Awadhi 76,000
  Bundeli 12,000
  Bagheli 4,700
  Garhwali 3,600
  Malvi 1,200
  Haryanvi 1,100
  Chhattisgarhi 1,000
  Maithili 1,000
  Angika 300
  Braj Bhasha 300
  Kumaoni 300
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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