Sonar, Hindu traditions in Nepal






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 Brahmin. 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  

People Name General Sonar, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Sonar, Hindu traditions
Population in Nepal 65,000
World Population 7,677,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agsali, Aksali, Ashraf, Ausala, Chaudhari, Gorkha, Hemkar, Jangar, Jargar, Kamsala, Kapila, Karai, Khakhar, Khatri, Konkar, Korai, Maipotra, Mair, Nepali, Niaria, Patni, Pattar, Potdar, Sanur, Saraf, Sarat, Sawrnakar, Sharif, Sheriff, Soanri Bania, Sonagara, Sonar, Sonari Bania, Soni, Soni Hahajan, Sonkar, Sonnari, Sunar, Suni, Sunia, Suniar, Suniyara, Sunnari, Suvarnakar, Suvarnkar, Swarankar, Swarnakar, Tank, Verma, Zagar, Zargar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Sonar, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 18150
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (25,000) Janakpur (24,000) Sagarmatha (5,300) Kosi (3,700)
Lumbini (1,600) Gandaki (1,200) Mechi (1,000) Bheri (1,000)
Bagmati (900) Mahakali (400) Seti (300) Rapti (200)
Karnali (100) Dhawalagiri (40)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (25,000) Janakpur (24,000)
Sagarmatha (5,300) Kosi (3,700)
Lumbini (1,600) Gandaki (1,200)
Mechi (1,000) Bheri (1,000)
Bagmati (900) Mahakali (400)
Seti (300) Rapti (200)
Karnali (100) Dhawalagiri (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (41,000) Bhojpuri (17,000) Hindi (2,000) Nepali (1,800)
Awadhi (1,700) Marwari (1,000) Magahi (300) Angika (200)
Kumaoni (200) Dotyali (100) Bantawa (40) Rajbanshi (30)
Bengali (30) Newar: Newari Nepalese Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 41,000 Bhojpuri 17,000
Hindi 2,000 Nepali 1,800
Awadhi 1,700 Marwari 1,000
Magahi 300 Angika 200
Kumaoni 200 Dotyali 100
Bantawa 40 Rajbanshi 30
Bengali 30 Newar: Newari
Nepalese Sign Language
For Primary Language: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nepali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Nepali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.28 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.26 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.41 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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