Sikligar, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Sikligar, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Sikligar Hindu of India live in Gujarat and also in Haryana.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sikligar have been weapon polishers by tradition and the word Saiqai which is related to their name means a polisher. They are nomads and can be found living near the towns. Their nomadic lifestyle could be an obstacle to the gospel message. The Sikligar say they were Rajputs. They speak Gujarati and marry within their group. They have clans.

The Sikligar who live in Gujarat sharpen things such as knives and agricultural tools. They use child labor and have financial problems.

The Sikligar in Haryana speak Haryanvi. They live in Hissar, Rohtak and other regions. They live near to the towns and many of them live in huts. The main work they do is metal polishing. They also make spades and iron baskets for example. A few are farmers who breed poultry and cattle.

The Sikligar speak Hindi with those who are not in their community and they read and write in Devanagari. They love milk and dairy products too.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They follow Hinduism in Gujarat while in Haryana there are also Sikhs.

Prayer Points

* Pray that financial hardships will lead the Sikligar to Jesus Christ and that they will stop using child labor.
* Pray that the Bible, the Jesus Film and gospel recordings will help to lead them to Salvation.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-15
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People Name General Sikligar, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Sikligar, Hindu traditions
Population in India 100,000
World Population 100,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhandela, Kamgar, Kammagar, Karinagar, Kotari, Kottari, Kottary, Kuchband, Lohar, Luhar, Mahaliya, Malvia, Panchal, Phulguria, Saikalgar, Saiqalgar, Saqqa, Saraina, Sarania, Sarnia, Shikalgar, Shishgar, Sikalgar, Sikkaligar, Sikkligar, Sikligar, Siqligar, Sisgar, Sishgar, Tala Chabiwala
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Sikligar, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 18101
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:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (40,000) Delhi (17,000) Haryana (14,000) Karnataka (11,000)
Punjab (10,000) Gujarat (5,000) Himachal Pradesh (1,400) Rajasthan (500)
Chandigarh (500) Bihar (400) Chhattisgarh (200) Maharashtra (40)
Daman and Diu (20)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (40,000) Delhi (17,000)
Haryana (14,000) Karnataka (11,000)
Punjab (10,000) Gujarat (5,000)
Himachal Pradesh (1,400) Rajasthan (500)
Chandigarh (500) Bihar (400)
Chhattisgarh (200) Maharashtra (40)
Daman and Diu (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (68,000) Panjabi, Eastern (11,000) Kannada (6,400) Gujarati (5,200)
Tulu (2,300) Haryanvi (1,500) Konkani (1,100) Bagri (600)
Pahari, Mahasu (200) Malvi (200) Marwari (200) Mewari (100)
Dhundari (80) Chambeali (80) Bhattiyali (50) Chhattisgarhi (50)
Marathi (40) Kangri (20) Bengali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 68,000 Panjabi, Eastern 11,000
Kannada 6,400 Gujarati 5,200
Tulu 2,300 Haryanvi 1,500
Konkani 1,100 Bagri 600
Pahari, Mahasu 200 Malvi 200
Marwari 200 Mewari 100
Dhundari 80 Chambeali 80
Bhattiyali 50 Chhattisgarhi 50
Marathi 40 Kangri 20
Bengali 0
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
0.00 %
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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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