Kahar, Sikh in India


Joshua Project has identified the Kahar, Sikh only in India

Population

92,900

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

What Indian caste is not really a caste at all? They are the Kahari people, who are part of an ancient community in northern India.


Where are they Located?

Three quarters of the more than 80,000 Kaharis live in Punjab, and their primary language is Eastern Panjabi.


What are Their Lives Like?

The people group was traditionally associated with water. They cultivated farms with a liberal amount of water, dug wells, grew water nuts, captured waterfowls, and were notable boatmen and fisherman.

With the last century's modernization, these water-related roles have dwindled. Their occupations have become more diversified, inspiring 15 sub-castes to break off from them. Considered "backward," they became parcel carriers, house servants, and stone-cutters. In village settings, they are now landless agricultural laborers. In the city where many have emigrated, they are wage laborers.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Kaharis are divided into Hindu, Muslim, and Sikhs communities. The Sikhs among them converted from Hinduism long ago. The Kahari Sikhs are considered to be among the least reached people groups; few if any follow Jesus Christ. Biblical resources are available to them though! In 2002, a complete Bible translation was finished in Eastern Panjabi. Christian teaching is available in audio, video, film and printed formats. Now they need to respond to these resources by forming fellowships of Christ followers.


Prayer Points

Pray that one day soon the Kaharis will lead other castes to drink the Living Water.


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-22
People Name General Kahar, Sikh
People Name in Country Kahar, Sikh
Population in India 93,000
World Population 93,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chandrabansi, Dhimar, Guria, Jhimar, Jhinwar, Kamkar, Kir, Kohoro, Mallan, Mehra, Nikhad, Ramani, Rawani
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Kahar, Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 18123
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (72,000) Haryana (14,000) Delhi (1,800) Uttar Pradesh (1,600)
Rajasthan (1,500) Jammu and Kashmir (800) Uttarakhand (600) Maharashtra (400)
Chandigarh (300) Madhya Pradesh (300) Jharkhand (300) Himachal Pradesh (100)
West Bengal (100) Chhattisgarh (100) Tamil Nadu (100) Bihar (30)
Gujarat (20) Telangana (20) Odisha (0)
Total States on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (72,000) Haryana (14,000)
Delhi (1,800) Uttar Pradesh (1,600)
Rajasthan (1,500) Jammu and Kashmir (800)
Uttarakhand (600) Maharashtra (400)
Chandigarh (300) Madhya Pradesh (300)
Jharkhand (300) Himachal Pradesh (100)
West Bengal (100) Chhattisgarh (100)
Tamil Nadu (100) Bihar (30)
Gujarat (20) Telangana (20)
Odisha (0)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (80,000) Hindi (11,000) Haryanvi (1,500) Bagri (800)
Kashmiri (100) Dogri (100) Kumaoni (50) Magahi (50)
Garhwali (40) Bhojpuri (20) Telugu (20) Marathi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 80,000 Hindi 11,000
Haryanvi 1,500 Bagri 800
Kashmiri 100 Dogri 100
Kumaoni 50 Magahi 50
Garhwali 40 Bhojpuri 20
Telugu 20 Marathi 10
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

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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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