Banjara, Muslim traditions in India






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The Banjara were traditionally a nomadic community, but today they more commonly are settled and work in agricultural production. They believe that they were originally Hindu and were forcibly converted to Islam. They are non-vegetarians who eat beef. The Muslim Banjara have twelve clans. They maintain cordial relations with neighboring communities and share water sources with them. They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam.

Ministry Obstacles

To follow Jesus is to risk upsetting community harmony, and to risk losing family and friends.

Outreach Ideas

Christian workers need to build bridges of friendship and trust with the Banjara. Genuinely caring for material and physical needs is a big step in this direction.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no present followers of Jesus among the Muslim Banjara community, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light. Pray for materials to help them grow properly, such as recorded or written Scripture, and Gospel films.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Banjara community to be able to adequately care for their families, and for widows, orphans, and elderly people to have the care and protection needed.

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People Name General Banjara, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Banjara, Muslim traditions
Population in India 159,000
World Population 252,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badi, Bhanjara, Bhanjra, Bhojru, Brinjari, Chhakda, Chhakda Banjara, Dhali, Guwaria, Laban, Lambada, Lambana, Lambani, Paracha, Sirkiband, Wanjara
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:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (137,000) Uttarakhand (14,000) Haryana (4,100) Madhya Pradesh (2,200)
Gujarat (800) Jammu and Kashmir (200) Maharashtra (200) Delhi (200)
Telangana (200) Andhra Pradesh (80) West Bengal (60) Odisha (40)
Punjab (20) Bihar (20)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (137,000) Uttarakhand (14,000)
Haryana (4,100) Madhya Pradesh (2,200)
Gujarat (800) Jammu and Kashmir (200)
Maharashtra (200) Delhi (200)
Telangana (200) Andhra Pradesh (80)
West Bengal (60) Odisha (40)
Punjab (20) Bihar (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (149,000) Awadhi (3,600) Garhwali (1,400) Lambadi (300)
Gujarati (300) Marwari (300) Telugu (200) Bengali (50)
Oriya (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 149,000 Awadhi 3,600
Garhwali 1,400 Lambadi 300
Gujarati 300 Marwari 300
Telugu 200 Bengali 50
Oriya 30
For Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Urdu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: UGV Devanagari Text / Printed Matter
Bible: اردو جیو ورژن Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Urdu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
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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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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