Kanjar, Hindu in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

Introduction / History

They were labeled a "criminal tribe" during colonial rule, branded as such by their fellow countrymen, and today they have been called the "most despicable" of all the people in India. Given the vast number of people groups in this huge country, this is quite a condemnation!

What are Their Lives Like?

The Kanjars earned this poor reputation among their peers by prostituting their women and engaging in a variety of other illegal and illicit activities. They have earned a bad reputation in God’s eyes by choosing to worship Bhavani and the goddess Prabha. They also invoke the powers of a "protector-exorcist" known as Syaanaa to keep evil spirits at bay, and regularly pay homage to their ancestors through prayer and the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

What are Their Beliefs?

Despite these behaviors, God loves the Kanjar people. He sent His only Son so that they could believe in Him and have everlasting Life. Jesus died on the cross in order to rescue the Kanjars from the dominion of darkness and lead them into the Kingdom of God. Have the Kanjars heard this good news? Do they know that God desires to have relationship with them? Who will tell them?

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Kanjar people to be reached with the gospel.
* Pray for the Word of God to be preached and demonstrated in such a way that they will be set free from their bondage to demons and self-destruction.
* Pray for the Kanjars to realize their true identity in Christ.

People Name General Kanjar, Hindu
People Name in Country Kanjar, Hindu
Population in India 204,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baid, Bhain, Chhara, Gehar Kanjar, Ghiara, Giarah, Kachhanda, Kanchan, Kanjhar, Kanjia, Kanjir, Kanjirbhat, Khanjarbhat, Khanjiman, Kuchbandhia, Kunjagaru, Lahid, Lodyar, Lolyar, Marriya, Nat, Pacheya, Patharkat, Sanda, Sangtarash, Sirikipal, Sunkar, Uthwar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kanjar, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (123,000) Awadhi (16,000) Kanauji (15,000) Kanjari (14,000)
Mewari (9,600) Bhojpuri (6,500) Dhundari (3,700) Bengali (2,600)
Merwari (2,600) Marwari (2,200) Bundeli (1,200) Kumaoni (1,000)
Shekhawati (1,000) Oriya (800) Maithili (700) Chhattisgarhi (700)
Panjabi, Eastern (700) Garhwali (700) Malvi (600) Bai, Southern (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 123,000 Awadhi 16,000
Kanauji 15,000 Kanjari 14,000
Mewari 9,600 Bhojpuri 6,500
Dhundari 3,700 Bengali 2,600
Merwari 2,600 Marwari 2,200
Bundeli 1,200 Kumaoni 1,000
Shekhawati 1,000 Oriya 800
Maithili 700 Chhattisgarhi 700
Panjabi, Eastern 700 Garhwali 700
Malvi 600 Bai, Southern 400
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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