Gardi, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Gardi, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 4,400 Gardi people of Jammu and Kashmir are a community of professional musicians. On the surface, they appear to be like the better known Jogis, but the latter sing in Hindu places of worship, whereas the Gardis sing at both religious and social functions. They make their own musical instruments of one or two strings. The men sing folk songs that may be romantic or religious in nature. They also do public narrations of folk tales about royals or some martial race in their region. They speak Dogri, one of the main languages in their part of northern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Gardi girls get married on the average at age 18, and their boys marry at about 22. Most of them have monogamous marriages. Their weddings are solemnized at the bride's residence and the nuptial ceremony is performed at the groom's home. In addition to their domestic duties, Gardi women often work outside the home whether they work in a rural or an urban setting.

The Gardi people are branching out into other forms of work such as day labor, animal husbandry, petty business, and government service. In the last couple of decades many Gardi people have acquired land for farming. They prefer modern medical care, but if it's not available in their region, they fall back on traditional medicine. They now have access to clean water, electricity, and post offices.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This is a Hindu people who primarily worship the god Arud because his melodious voice, and because he escorted the powerful Rama during his search for the goddess Sita.

Prayer Points

Pray that they will give Jesus their all, so that they will have no room in their hearts of Arud or any other god.

People Name General Gardi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Gardi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 5,400
World Population 5,400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gardhi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Gardi, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 16922
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)
Jammu and Kashmir (4,700) Punjab (400) Himachal Pradesh (200) Delhi (40)
Chandigarh (40) Uttarakhand (10)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (4,700) Punjab (400)
Himachal Pradesh (200) Delhi (40)
Chandigarh (40) Uttarakhand (10)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dogri (2,900) Hindi (1,200) Kashmiri (800) Panjabi, Eastern (200)
Bhadrawahi (90) Garhwali Ladakhi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dogri 2,900 Hindi 1,200
Kashmiri 800 Panjabi, Eastern 200
Bhadrawahi 90 Garhwali 10
Ladakhi 10
For Primary Language: Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1883-1971)
New Testament Yes   (1826)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Dogri Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Oral Bible stories in Dogri Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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