Gujjar in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Gujjars (also known as Gurjars) entered India along with White Huns in 5th century A.D. from central Asia. Some of their clan names such as Hun, Aftali, etc. indicate that they were a part of the Hun tribe. They established their rule in present day Rajasthan by the name Gurjaratra in the 7th century A.D. Mihr Bhoja became their great emperor, who expanded the Gujjar ruled area to almost the entire northwestern part of India.There are several places in India and Pakistan named after their caste name as well as their different clans names such as Gujarat, Gujjaranwala, Gujjarkhan, Gujargarh, Gujarpur, Basigujjaran, Chachian, Khatanian, Kharian, Hunwara and many others. Three states ruled by Gujjar kings were even present at the time of Independence Day of India in 1947, which got emerged into India along with other states later on.

Where Are they Located?

Today they are found living in almost all the northwestern Indian states such as Rajasthan, Madhyapradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttaranchal Pradesh. They also live in large numbers in Pakistan's West Punjab, North West Frontier Province, Sindh and Azad Kashmir and also in Eastern Afghanistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal areas, Gujjars are mostly pastoral nomads, having no villages or other permanent settlements. They roam behind their herds of cattle on carts and horses and make their temporary settlements under tents in forest areas. They move to high altitude hills in summer while came back to pastoral grounds of lowlands in winter. In Haryana and Rajasthan and Gujarat a very small section of Gujjars is semi nomadic while the rest of them in these areas and other areas are well settled people participating in animal husbandry and agriculture. Gujjars of some areas are also viewed by other people as a community of criminals such as cattle thieves, horse thieves and looters. However, this is a misconception. Some of them are very well-to-do and rich landlords. Generally Gujjars are tall, strong and sturdy people with fair skin color and sharp features. They are considered wrestlers from birth in some areas while their other favorite sport is to lift huge, heavy stones. They are also good horse riders.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Gujjars are mostly Hindus in India, though in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh they are mostly Sunni Muslims. Muslim Gujjars are also present in Uttaranchal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in small numbers while in East Punjab they are Sikhs too. The nomadic Gujjars are almost all Sunni Muslims. Gujjars believe in their customary laws regarding their social life amongst themselves.

What Are Their Needs?

They need education and to shun their out dated rituals such as child marriages etc. They need to be uplifted from their backwardness by incorporating policies such as of reservation for them in jobs and by teaching them the latest techniques in animal husbandry and agriculture. Efforts should be made to inspire them to leave their pastoral nomadic life by lending them material support they require.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-07
People Name General Gujjar
People Name in Country Gujjar
Population in India 803,000
World Population 3,031,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bakarwal, Dodhi, Goor, Gujar, Gujri, Manhas, Mannas
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Gujjar
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 16879
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (716,000) Himachal Pradesh (80,000) Uttar Pradesh (2,900) Haryana (1,600)
Madhya Pradesh (1,100) Uttarakhand (800) Delhi (300) Maharashtra (40)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (716,000) Himachal Pradesh (80,000)
Uttar Pradesh (2,900) Haryana (1,600)
Madhya Pradesh (1,100) Uttarakhand (800)
Delhi (300) Maharashtra (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  35  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujari (409,000) Kashmiri (201,000) Dogri (38,000) Urdu (35,000)
Bhadrawahi (21,000) Balti (14,000) Khowar (8,300) Kangri (6,800)
Pahari, Mahasu (6,000) Panjabi, Eastern (5,900) Chambeali (4,100) Mandeali (3,700)
Bhattiyali (2,400) Bilaspuri (2,300) Churahi (1,600) Hindi (1,600)
Purik (1,600) Bateri (1,100) Shina (1,000) Zangskari (800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujari 409,000 Kashmiri 201,000
Dogri 38,000 Urdu 35,000
Bhadrawahi 21,000 Balti 14,000
Khowar 8,300 Kangri 6,800
Pahari, Mahasu 6,000 Panjabi, Eastern 5,900
Chambeali 4,100 Mandeali 3,700
Bhattiyali 2,400 Bilaspuri 2,300
Churahi 1,600 Hindi 1,600
Purik 1,600 Bateri 1,100
Shina 1,000 Zangskari 800
For Primary Language: Gujari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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3.52 %
96.48 %
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Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

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