Pinjara in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Pinjara (Pinja, Penja, Bahna or Dhunia) derive their name from the term pinjala meaning 'cotton weaver.' Their traditional occupation is naturally one of cleaning and reeling cotton to make pillows, quilts or even mattresses. The over 3 million Pinjara can be found either Muslim or Hindu. It is believed that the Muslim Pinjara converted to Islam about 500 years ago during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pinjara can today be found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They live in over 500 districts of India and Nepal and speak more than a dozen different languages depending on their location. The Pinjara speak primarily Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili and Urdu. Although they are well over 90% Muslim the Pinjara can be found to keep Hindu festivals, even making vows to Hindu gods. The Pinjara are not vegetarian though do not eat pork. They occupy a higher than unclean status and can be found as both skilled and unskilled workers.

What Are Their Needs?

Very little ministry activity has been focused on the Pinjara. Many Urdu resources are available although there is a severe lack of workers to this sizable Muslim group in India and Nepal. Pinjara are sometimes looked down on religiously because of their mixture of Islam and Hinduism beliefs. Pray that the Truth could be known and celebrated in Nepal.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-17
People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Population in Nepal 17,000
World Population 3,600,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bahana, Bahna, Behana, Behna, Daffali, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Kahrar, Laliwala, Mansoor, Mansoori, Nadaf, Naddaf, Noor, Panjara, Panjora, Panjwara, Penja, Pinara, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjar, Pinjari, Pinjia, Punji, Shaikh Mansoor, Sheikh Monsoori, Soria, Sulia, Tai
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Pinjara
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17877
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Districts of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Banke..   Source:
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (5,200) Bheri (3,300) Lumbini (2,900) Janakpur (2,700)
Sagarmatha (1,300) Kosi (800) Bagmati (500) Mechi (400)
Gandaki (300) Rapti (100) Seti (100)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (5,200) Bheri (3,300)
Lumbini (2,900) Janakpur (2,700)
Sagarmatha (1,300) Kosi (800)
Bagmati (500) Mechi (400)
Gandaki (300) Rapti (100)
Seti (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (10,000) Bhojpuri (4,600) Maithili (2,500) Nepali (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 10,000 Bhojpuri 4,600
Maithili 2,500 Nepali 200
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
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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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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