Ghantarghada in India

Ghantarghada
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Ghantarghada
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,700
World Population: 8,700
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.41 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Ghantarghada are a scheduled caste who live in Odisha. Their name comes from the word ghonta meaning bell. They speak Odiya and Laria.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ghantarghada work mostly as blacksmiths which is their traditional occupation. They are not vegetarians who eat rice as a staple food. Women help the men as well as taking part in religious and social matters. They use modern and traditional medicines. They have a low literacy level due to being poor, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ghantarghada people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Ghantarghada people need to accept the warm embrace of the only savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian Christians lead them to into an unstoppable disciple making movement.

Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film become easily available in their communities.

Pray that they are freed from poverty to the glory of God.

Pray for spiritual openness.

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