Sikligar, Sikh in India

Joshua Project has identified the Sikligar, Sikh only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Eyes of the Heart

Source Create International

Introduction / History

History can be cruel! There was a time when the Sikligar Sikhs were extremely successful as weapon designers and manufacturers. They are traditionally known as Lohars (ironsmiths or blacksmiths) and once ruled the weapon making industry with their elaborate swords, spears, shields, and arrows. What is known as Damascus steel, used in forming some of the best swords known to man, was manufactured by Indian Lohars and shipped off to other parts of the world.

The advent of contemporary weaponry hit their economy and lifestyle very hard. They spend most of their time roaming about in small groups, selling small handmade wares such as knives, buckets, toys, and betelnut cutters. They are illiterate and do not own land. Today, most Sikligars are very poor and some are dependent on others' aid.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They show their devotion to Sikhism by their dress and social customs. For example, they put their newborn children through a special dedication ceremony with relatives and friends gathered. They are some of the most seriously dedicated Sikhs despite the fact that they are routinely despised and overlooked in the provision of aid that is given to other poor classes. Sikligars are said to be some of the happiest, most positive-minded Sikhs.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Church will not also overlook the Sikligar Sikhs.
* Pray that their physical, as well as spiritual poverty would be broken.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-27
People Name General Sikligar, Sikh
People Name in Country Sikligar, Sikh
Population in India 6,200
World Population 6,200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kamgar, Karinagar, Kuchband, Lohar, Panchal, Saiqalgar, Saqqa, Shikalgar, Sigligar Sikh, Sikkligar, Sikliar, Sikligar, Siqligar, Siqligar Sikh
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Sikligar, Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 18103
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Delhi (2,500) Punjab (1,700) Haryana (1,300) Telangana (500)
Chandigarh (400) Jammu and Kashmir (80) Andhra Pradesh (20)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Delhi (2,500) Punjab (1,700)
Haryana (1,300) Telangana (500)
Chandigarh (400) Jammu and Kashmir (80)
Andhra Pradesh (20)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (5,900) Hindi (400) Dogri (80) Bagri (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 5,900 Hindi 400
Dogri 80 Bagri 50

For Main Lanugage: Panjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Language Film
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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Other / Small
100.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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