Kalwar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

Kalwar (Hindu traditions)
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Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kalwar (Hindu traditions)
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 129,000
World Population: 2,807,300
Primary Language: Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.19 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The Kalwar name comes from the Sanskrit word for "distiller of liquor". They were traditionally distillers and sellers of alcohol in north and central India. Since this profession was considered demeaning by most castes in Indian society, many Kalwars around the year 1900 began to leave their original trade for other careers. Although some of the Kalwars still are in the liquor business, most have taken jobs in agriculture, business, the military, government service, medicine, accounting, education, and engineering. The Kalwar speak the primary languages of the locations where they live including Hindi, Bengali, Maithili, and Nepali.

Ministry Obstacles

It is very difficult for someone to turn away from the faith of their fathers to join Christ's family. This people group has not considered the claims of Christ, and they have few opportunities to do so.

Outreach Ideas

Believers from other parts of Nepal can be Christ's ambassadors to this Hindu people group.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Kalwar believers in Nepal, so pray that the 2020s will be a decade of spiritual breakthroughs among them.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Hindu Kalwar people in Nepal. Pray for a movement of Hindu Kalwar households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ. Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Hindu Kalwar people.

Text Source:   Keith Carey