Sonar, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The name of the community is derived from the word sona meaning gold, and the people who work with gold are called Sunar or Sonar. Traditionally they are goldsmiths, but with the availability of better educational facilities the Sonar have become inclined towards education. They claim their social status next to that of the Brahman. Divorce and remarriage are allowed.

Ministry Obstacles

A Sonar follower of Christ may lose his place in society, and be ostracized. This is especially an issue for high caste individuals.

Outreach Ideas

Sustained and focused prayer is needed, as well as workers who can relate to high caste groups.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few if any Christian believers among the Sonar, but pray for the ones that will soon be a part of this community. Pray they be well instructed in the faith, and will grow in maturity and in numbers. Pray they live holy lives.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Sonar community to be humble enough to acknowledge their need for forgiveness of sin, and that they understand the provision for forgiveness that God has provided.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-09
People Name General Sonar, Hindu
People Name in Country Sonar, Hindu
Population in India 7,245,000
World Population 7,451,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agsali, Aksali, Ashraf, Ausala, Chaudhari, Jangar, Jargar, Kamsala, Kapila, Karai, Khakhar, Khatri, Korai, Maipotra, Mair, Niaria, Patni, Pattar, Sarat, Sharif, Sheriff, Soanri Bania, Sonagara, Soni, Soni Hahajan, Sonkar, Sonnari, Sunar, Suni, Sunia, Suniar, Suniyara, Sunnari, Suvarnakar, Swarankar, Swarnakar, Tank, Verma
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Sonar, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (2,812,000) Telugu (1,214,000) Marathi (771,000) Gujarati (338,000)
Bengali (328,000) Tamil (318,000) Bhojpuri (286,000) Kannada (208,000)
Marwari (135,000) Panjabi, Eastern (77,000) Oriya (69,000) Chhattisgarhi (68,000)
Konkani, Goan (67,000) Awadhi (66,000) Konkani (66,000) Dhundari (52,000)
Kanauji (40,000) Maithili (38,000) Magahi (33,000) Shekhawati (33,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 2,812,000 Telugu 1,214,000
Marathi 771,000 Gujarati 338,000
Bengali 328,000 Tamil 318,000
Bhojpuri 286,000 Kannada 208,000
Marwari 135,000 Panjabi, Eastern 77,000
Oriya 69,000 Chhattisgarhi 68,000
Konkani, Goan 67,000 Awadhi 66,000
Konkani 66,000 Dhundari 52,000
Kanauji 40,000 Maithili 38,000
Magahi 33,000 Shekhawati 33,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-09

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.79 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.21 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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