Kanjar, Hindu traditions in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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
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People Name General Kanjar, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Kanjar, Hindu traditions
Population in India 212,000
World Population 216,000
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 traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17081
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:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (124,000) Rajasthan (44,000) Madhya Pradesh (17,000) Delhi (8,000)
Bihar (6,200) Uttarakhand (3,400) West Bengal (2,800) Maharashtra (2,200)
Jharkhand (2,100) Chhattisgarh (1,000) Odisha (900) Chandigarh (400)
Karnataka (200) Telangana (100) Gujarat (100) Goa (30)
Total States on file:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (124,000) Rajasthan (44,000)
Madhya Pradesh (17,000) Delhi (8,000)
Bihar (6,200) Uttarakhand (3,400)
West Bengal (2,800) Maharashtra (2,200)
Jharkhand (2,100) Chhattisgarh (1,000)
Odisha (900) Chandigarh (400)
Karnataka (200) Telangana (100)
Gujarat (100) 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
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
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 %
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Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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