Ghanchi, Muslim traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Ghanchi, Muslim traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Ghanchi or Ghaanchi are a Gujarati Muslim people living in Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. They speak the languages of Gujarati, Kutchi and Mewari.

The Ghanchi by tradition have manufactured cooking oil. They came with the Mongols when they invaded, to supply oil to the army for lights. They later came to live in Gujarat. Mostly they live in the regions of Banaskantha, Panchmahal, Sabarkantha and Northern Gujarat. They live in the towns of Godhra, Kadi, Kalol, Ranpur, Lunawada, Botad, Dhandhuka, Paliyad and Wadhwan.

In Rajasthan, the Ghanchi are supposed to have got their name from ghanch which is a traditional oil pressing machine. They live in the regions of Banswara, Dungarpur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Like the Mewari, they speak Urdu. Today they work in oil pressing and many are cultivators also. They have a caste association for the whole state. They are endogamous, marrying kin who are close.

The Ghanchi in Gujarat have manufactured cooking oil by tradition. They now do other work due to modern technology. Many have become businessmen and work in transporting. They have their own association called the Ghanchi Jamat.

Many live in Ghanchi and Ghanchi Jamatkhana in Gujarat and Mumbai.

The Ghanchi Muslim are a close community of people. They get the cooking oil from seeds. Many have moved to Mumbai with there being more job opportunities. In Mumbai the Kadiwal Muslim Ghanchi Community Hall helps the Ghanchi community to come together.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ghanchi are Sunni Muslims in the Deobandi sub sect.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Ghanchi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Ghanchi, Muslim traditions
Population in India 120,000
World Population 120,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gancha, Garancha, Ghainshi, Teli, Wansfoda
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (93,000) Maharashtra (26,000) Rajasthan (900) Daman and Diu (30)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (93,000) Maharashtra (26,000)
Rajasthan (900) Daman and Diu (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (88,000) Urdu (27,000) Marathi (500) Kachchi (500)
Mewari (300) Merwari (80) Marwari (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 88,000 Urdu 27,000
Marathi 500 Kachchi 500
Mewari 300 Merwari 80
Marwari 40
For Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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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 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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