Bakkarwal in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



It is thought that Bakkarwal is derived from the word bakriwale, meaning goat herders, or goat and sheep producers. They have permanent homes but move from one altitude to another in search of green pasture for their goats and sheep. The identification marker of the Bakarwal males is their turban, called dastar. The women, too, wear a special cap, called the topi. They bury their dead, and perform special ceremonies on the fourth and fortieth days after death. They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. Their literacy level is very low.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bakkawal people are said to have a very low literacy rate, and they live in an area that has little access to the good news of Christ. Kashmir has been the scene of much fighting between the government of India and Muslim separatists.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for Gospel radio to become available in the mountains and valleys of Kashmir, in the languages of the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Even though there is probably not a single Christian believer today among the Bakkarwal people, please pray for a church planting movement to soon begin within this people group. The Lord is able to do this.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for a rising literacy rate among this pastoral group. Pray that parents will desire to provide schooling for their children and will find ways to accomplish this.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-26
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People Name General Bakkarwal
People Name in Country Bakkarwal
Population in India 20,000
World Population 20,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bakkarwal
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 16305
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (19,000) Himachal Pradesh (900)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (19,000) Himachal Pradesh (900)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kashmiri (13,000) Gujari (4,300) Dogri (1,100) Urdu (900)
Bhadrawahi (500) Nepali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kashmiri 13,000 Gujari 4,300
Dogri 1,100 Urdu 900
Bhadrawahi 500 Nepali
For Primary Language: Kashmiri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1813-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1813-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1899-2005)
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Kashmiri Film / Video
Kashmiri Language Film Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Oral Bible stories in Kashmiri Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
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0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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