Jingar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Jingar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 50,000 Jingar people obtained their name from the word jins, meaning "saddle." This is a reference to their traditional occupation of making saddles for horses and camels. According to their oral tradition, these scheduled caste members were once part of one of the Rajput (Kshatriya) communities until an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu tried to rid the world of this community.

Where Are they Located?

The Jingars live primarily in India's western states of Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jingars speak Marwari, a Rajasthani Hindi dialect. They still make saddles, but many of them also make embroidered shoes. A few of them also work in agriculture. They sell their goods in the market. Often their children work. They would like to save money to get ahead, but they seldom can make ends meet financially.

They obtain their mates through family negotiations. Their marriages are monogamous unless the wife is barren. They can live in either join or nuclear families.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This people group is 100 percent Hindu. They worship Hindu gods as their patron deities. They go to shamans from other communities to be "treated" for ailments and sicknesses.

What Are Their Needs?

Christ's ambassadors can help them develop their economy so they don't have to live in dire poverty. There are plenty of Christian materials in Marwari that can be distributed to them. However, Rajasthan, where most of them live, is a very difficult place even for Indian missionaries to go.

Prayer Points

* Pray for Christ's ambassadors to find their way into many Jingar communities with Marwari materials.
* Pray for Jingar elders and decision makers to have dreams and visions of the sovereign Christ.
* Pray for spiritual openness to the things of Christ.
* Pray for Christ to heal them in such a way that they no longer put their faith in shamans.

People Name General Jingar
People Name in Country Jingar
Population in India 52,000
World Population 52,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agna Somvanshi Kshatriya, Arya Somvansi Kshatriya, Chamar, Chitragar, Chitrakar, Chittari, Dajri, Dalsingar, Dalsinger, Digwan, Gingra, Jeenigarlu, Jiglur, Karajkar, Karanjkar, Lohar, Maistri, Marwadi Mochi, Marwari Machi, Mochi, Muchchi, Nakasilu, Raju, Somvanshi Kshatriya, Tambatkar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Jingar
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 17013
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)
Rajasthan (38,000) Karnataka (6,500) Maharashtra (5,000) Madhya Pradesh (1,300)
Gujarat (1,000) Chhattisgarh (200) Andhra Pradesh (100) Odisha (20)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (38,000) Karnataka (6,500)
Maharashtra (5,000) Madhya Pradesh (1,300)
Gujarat (1,000) Chhattisgarh (200)
Andhra Pradesh (100) Odisha (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marwari (15,000) Hindi (15,000) Marathi (6,800) Kannada (4,800)
Mewari (4,500) Merwari (1,400) Dhundari (1,200) Haroti: Harauti (800)
Gujarati (300) Shekhawati (200) Bagri (100) Telugu (100)
Panjabi, Eastern (100) Chhattisgarhi (100) Khandesi (60) Konkani, Goan (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marwari 15,000 Hindi 15,000
Marathi 6,800 Kannada 4,800
Mewari 4,500 Merwari 1,400
Dhundari 1,200 Haroti: Harauti 800
Gujarati 300 Shekhawati 200
Bagri 100 Telugu 100
Panjabi, Eastern 100 Chhattisgarhi 100
Khandesi 60 Konkani, Goan 30
Nimadi 10
For Primary Language: Marwari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1815-1867)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1821)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Marwari Film / Video
Rajasthani Marwari Language Music Video 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 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.95 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.05 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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