Sahariya in India

Unreached of the Day  2/27/2018

Sahariya in India

The Saharia are a Scheduled Tribe, which status qualifies them for certain government benefits. The term "saharia" is derived from the Hindi word sahra, meaning jungle. The Sahariya have traditionally been jungle dwellers. The region where they live is covered with forest, with low rainfall, and is home to a number of other tribal communities. Their traditional occupations are cutting wood, collecting honey, making baskets, mining and quarrying, and breaking stones. They worship Hindu gods and goddesses along with some traditional local deities, such as Kapashiwala.

Ministry Obstacles

Most Saharia are said to be illiterate. Oral communication of the Gospel will be necessary to reach this tribe.

Outreach Ideas

A few of the Saharia have indicated they are Christians. If they can grow in spiritual maturity, and in numbers, they may be able to carry the good news of Jesus to all of their tribe. Please pray for this growth to occur.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray the Saharia Christians, few in number, will be quick to confess and turn from sin, and will be zealous to know and serve Jesus Christ.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray the Saharia tribal group will be able to adjust to a rapidly changing world. Their youth need to gain skills to make them employable, including being able to read and write and perform basic arithmetic operations.

Scripture Focus

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20



People Name Sahariya
Country India
10/40 Window Yes
Population 876,000
World Population 880,000
Language Hindi
Primary Religion Hinduism
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image