Gandhila in India

Joshua Project has identified the Gandhila only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

They claim to have Rajput status, but actually they are scheduled castes, meaning that they have low status. Gandhila women work mainly at home, but they have been known to help their husbands with their work. Traditionally they were broom makers, paper toy-makers, and donkey traders, though today most work as agricultural laborers.

This is a community that is moving into the modern world in many ways. They take advantage of modern conveniences like medical care, immunizations, mass media, and electricity. Almost all of these Hindus speak Punjabi, a major language that has many Christian resources including a New Testament, the JESUS Film, and gospel recordings.

Where Are they Located?

The 6,000 Gandhila people live mostly in India's Punjab and Haryana states.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are a Hindu people who celebrate Hindu festivals, hold Hindu weddings, and worship Hindu gods. On the eve of the Hindu Diwali festival, the Gandhila people worship their ancestors.

Prayer Points

Pray that evangelistic materials will become widely available to them, and they will be open to embracing Christ as their only lord.

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Eyes of the Heart
People Name General Gandhila
People Name in Country Gandhila
Population in India 6,200
World Population 6,200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gandil, Gandol, Gandola, Gandwal, Gangwa, Gondola, Gondula
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Gandhila
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 16809
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (4,200) Uttar Pradesh (900) Haryana (600) Uttarakhand (400)
Himachal Pradesh (50) Chandigarh (40)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (4,200) Uttar Pradesh (900)
Haryana (600) Uttarakhand (400)
Himachal Pradesh (50) Chandigarh (40)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (3,900) Hindi (2,000) Haryanvi (80) Garhwali (40)
Bilaspuri Pashto, Northern Kangri Mandeali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 3,900 Hindi 2,000
Haryanvi 80 Garhwali 40
Bilaspuri 10 Pashto, Northern 10
Kangri 10 Mandeali 0
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
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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
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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