Agaru in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Agaru
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,900
World Population: 1,900
Primary Language: Telugu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Agaru people are found only in India. They are a small caste of farmers.

Where Are they Located?

Agaru people are located in Nellimerla near Vizianagram. They live in the state of Odisha in eastern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Agaru people are cultivators of the betel plant. It is a stimulant and antiseptic. Men and women grow these plants and sell them at markets.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Agaru 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. They 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 Agaru people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring/Diwali, the festival of lights/Navratri, the celebration of autumn/and Rama Novami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual, and written Bible resources are available in Telugu, their spoken language, they remain unreached and unengaged with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They are missing out on the abundant life that only Christ can offer!

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Sprit to give the Agaru people of India teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Sprit will bring entire Agaru families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Agaru families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teas of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Agaru family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey