Kanjar, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


I Am Guilty

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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.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-28
People Name General Kanjar, Hindu
People Name in Country Kanjar, Hindu
Population in India 204,000
World Population 205,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baid, Bhain, Chhara, Gehar Kanjar, Ghiara, Giarah, Kachhanda, Kanchan, Kanjar, Kanjarbhat, Kanjari, Kanjhar, Kanjia, Kanjir, Kanjirbhat, Kanmaliya, Khanjarbhat, Khanjiman, Kuchbandhia, Kuchbandiya, Kunjagaru, Kuswadiya, Lahid, Lodyar, Lolyar, Marriya, Nat, Pacheya, Pachyeya, Patharkat, Patharkat Kanjar, Patharkat Kunjar, patharkut, Patharkut Kanjar, Patharkute, Pattharchera, Pattharkat, Sanda, Sangtarash, Sirikipal, Sirkiband, Sunkar, thawai, Uthwar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kanjar, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17081
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (122,000) Rajasthan (43,000) Madhya Pradesh (17,000) Delhi (7,800)
Bihar (6,200) Uttarakhand (3,300) West Bengal (2,700) Jharkhand (2,100)
Maharashtra (2,100) Chhattisgarh (1,000) Odisha (900) Chandigarh (400)
Karnataka (200) Telangana (100) Gujarat (30) Goa (30)
Total States on file:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (122,000) Rajasthan (43,000)
Madhya Pradesh (17,000) Delhi (7,800)
Bihar (6,200) Uttarakhand (3,300)
West Bengal (2,700) Jharkhand (2,100)
Maharashtra (2,100) Chhattisgarh (1,000)
Odisha (900) Chandigarh (400)
Karnataka (200) Telangana (100)
Gujarat (30) Goa (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  27  (up to 20 largest 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) Braj Bhasha (500)
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 Braj Bhasha 500
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible

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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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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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