Daily Topic for April 18, 2014
How tragic it is that most Marhattas are worshiping idols and do not know the true and living God. But thank the Lord for the dedicated believers who are now trying to plant churches among them. They are trying to bring the Marhatta people from deception to truth.
Pray that as the Marhatta people will hear the good news, it will be like a light shining in a dark place. Pray that they will throw away their idols and become grounded in His Word.-RR
The Marhatta people are inhabitants of the state of Maharashtra in western India. Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, is home to many Marhattas. This Indo-Aryan people group speaks Marathi. Many Marhattas belong to a rural society and own lands and grow crops.
Even though the Marhattas have both an oral and written history that dates back 2000 years, they only gained attention as a prominent people group in the 1600s. At that time a man named Shivaji, along with the Marhatta warriors, established the Maratha Empire.
Much like the rest of India, the predominant religion of the Marhattas is Hinduism. The Marhattas practice various forms of Hinduism, hold various beliefs and worship different deities. Until recently, they were viewed as more liberal than other Indian groups, meaning that they exhibit tolerance towards other communities. However, there have been recent incidents of violence towards outsiders in Mumbai.
According to peoplegroups.org, less than two percent of Marhattas are evangelical Christians, “but there has been initial or concentrated church planting among them within the past two years.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Marhattas in Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra will soon experience the love of Jesus Christ and begin to follow Him as their Lord and Savior.