Chuhra in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Chura live in India and Pakistan. In Himachal Pradesh, in Chamba, they speak Chambiaii and Hindi and write in Perso-Arabic and Devanagari. They are also called Chuhra and Chuhre. They are not vegetarians but the Hindus and Sikhs do not eat beef or buffalo. The Chura remove dead animals and soil and are scavengers. Some of them cultivate. The women work as well as doing the housework. The Chura are known for basket work. They worship ancestors. About half of them read and write. After they have had two children, they often practice family planning.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the Chura speak Dogri and Punjabi. They eat wheat and rice for cereals. Some of them have their own businesses. They have a low literacy level so the gospel should be given in oral form also. Most of the Chura Christians among them are Protestants.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Chura Christians will lead the others to salvation
* Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation too.


Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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People Name General Chuhra
People Name in Country Chuhra
Population in India 2,348,000
World Population 3,558,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Almiki, Balmik, Balmiki, Bhangi, Chaamri, Chamri, Chaudhari, Chuhre, Chura, Cuhra, Jamdar, Jemadar, Jimadar, Khakrobe, Khaqrobe, Mehtar, Valmiki
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Chuhra
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 16618
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,191,000) Haryana (932,000) Chandigarh (85,000) Rajasthan (47,000)
Delhi (38,000) Himachal Pradesh (37,000) Jammu and Kashmir (17,000)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,191,000) Haryana (932,000)
Chandigarh (85,000) Rajasthan (47,000)
Delhi (38,000) Himachal Pradesh (37,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (17,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  21  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (1,325,000) Hindi (902,000) Haryanvi (93,000) Bagri (27,000)
Mewari (7,600) Marwari (6,700) Pahari, Mahasu (4,800) Dogri (3,900)
English (2,900) Kangri (2,900) Mandeali (2,000) Bilaspuri (1,600)
Shekhawati (1,500) Dhundari (1,400) Bhattiyali (1,300) Merwari (1,000)
Churahi (400) Malvi (400) Pahari, Kullu (100) Chambeali (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 1,325,000 Hindi 902,000
Haryanvi 93,000 Bagri 27,000
Mewari 7,600 Marwari 6,700
Pahari, Mahasu 4,800 Dogri 3,900
English 2,900 Kangri 2,900
Mandeali 2,000 Bilaspuri 1,600
Shekhawati 1,500 Dhundari 1,400
Bhattiyali 1,300 Merwari 1,000
Churahi 400 Malvi 400
Pahari, Kullu 100 Chambeali 100
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Sikh Punjabi Language Film Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
13.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
86.57 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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