Peoples of the Hadothi Region of India

(HAH-doh-tee) – Hadothi is located in southeastern Rajasthan, a state in India. It’s a predominately barren, rocky region comprising four districts: Bundi, Kota, Baran, and Jhalawar. It’s known for its diverse cultural history that includes song, dance, and an elaborate artwork form known as Mandana, which decorates the floors and walls of many homes. Travelers venture to this region to see its temples and forts that point back to an intertwined religious history of Jainism, Buddhism, Shaivism, and Islam. Home to a population of 6.2 million people and approximately 4,600 villages, Hadothi is estimated to be only 0.53% Christian, many of whom are not native to the region but have migrated from other parts of India. There are six unengaged, unreached people groups, all of which are Hindu. Many of these speak their own Hadothi language. One of these is the Santia. With a population of 13,000, they are a part of the Dalits, the poorest and lowest-class people in the Hindu hierarchy system. They typically believe in arranged marriages, with girls often being bound to future matrimony vows even at a young age. The Santia practice Hinduism, performing “puja” (worship rituals) and offering incense. Pray for the salvation of the peoples of the Hadothi region.