Manihar in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Manihar have a name derived from two Sanskrit words, mana and kara. Mana meaning 'precious stone' and kara meaning 'maker'. Therefore the Manihar have been known for their occupation of making and selling glass, lac or ivory bangles for many years. Over half of a million Manihar are spread over Pakistan, north India and Nepal. They can be found in nine different zones of Nepal.

What are Their Lives Like?

The business of making and selling of bangles has long been the livelihood of Manihar communities. Due to the limited availability of elephant tusks for ivory, many bangles and beads now are manufactured in plastics. Today some Manihar take other jobs including tailoring. The literacy rate among the Manihar tends to be low. They speak primary Nepali and use Urdu and Bhojpuri in Nepal and mainly Urdu and Hindi in India. They are Sunni Muslims and tend to share foods with other Muslim families but traditionally do not allow marriage outside their community. Siddiqi can be a common surname.

What are Their Needs?

In India workers are just beginning to work among the larger populations but in Nepal the work has yet to begin. Pray for individuals with a Muslim background that can begin work among them in this Hindu background nation.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-21
People Name General Manihar
People Name in Country Manihar
Population in Nepal 1,700
World Population 616,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chudigar, Churigar, Churihar, Churiwala, Gangapati, Ishani, Kachchhani, Kachera, Kanchar, Kanchera, Ladani, Lakhari, Lakhera, Lakheri, Lalchera, Mangnyar, Maniar, Pandiyar Manihar, Shekhawati, Shishgar, Sishgar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Manihar
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17446
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (600) Lumbini (500) Bheri (500) Rapti (200)
Janakpur (40) Bagmati (30) Seti (20) Gandaki (10)
Sagarmatha (10)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (600) Lumbini (500)
Bheri (500) Rapti (200)
Janakpur (40) Bagmati (30)
Seti (20) Gandaki (10)
Sagarmatha (10)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali (900) Bhojpuri (700) Urdu (400) Awadhi (200)
Maithili (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 900 Bhojpuri 700
Urdu 400 Awadhi 200
Maithili 50
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
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Category Resource
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Nepali 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 God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture International Bible Society
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-21

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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