Sonar, Hindu 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 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  

People Name General Sonar, Hindu
People Name in Country Sonar, Hindu
Population in Nepal 129,000
World Population 7,395,000
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
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 (25,000) Lumbini (24,000) Bheri (23,000)
Seti (10,000) Gandaki (7,600) Sagarmatha (5,400) Kosi (3,700)
Rapti (3,400) Bagmati (3,300) Dhawalagiri (3,100) Mechi (1,000)
Mahakali (900) Karnali (300)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (25,000) Janakpur (25,000)
Lumbini (24,000) Bheri (23,000)
Seti (10,000) Gandaki (7,600)
Sagarmatha (5,400) Kosi (3,700)
Rapti (3,400) Bagmati (3,300)
Dhawalagiri (3,100) Mechi (1,000)
Mahakali (900) Karnali (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (45,000) Maithili (41,000) Bhojpuri (31,000) Awadhi (12,000)
Hindi (4,100) Marwari (900) Magahi (300) Angika (200)
Kumaoni (200) Dotyali (100) Newar: Newari (60) Bantawa (40)
Rajbanshi (30) Bengali (30) Nepalese Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 45,000 Maithili 41,000
Bhojpuri 31,000 Awadhi 12,000
Hindi 4,100 Marwari 900
Magahi 300 Angika 200
Kumaoni 200 Dotyali 100
Newar: Newari 60 Bantawa 40
Rajbanshi 30 Bengali 30
Nepalese Sign Language 10

For Main Lanugage: Nepali

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