Sonar, Hindu in Nepal







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


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 185,000
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 Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali (82,000) Maithili (59,000) Bhojpuri (42,000) Awadhi (14,000)
Hindi (6,000) Magar, Eastern (2,200) Bantawa (1,600) Rajbanshi (700)
Marwari (400) Angika (300) Kayort (200) Bengali (200)
Chamling (200) Musasa (200) Newar (100) Panjabi, Eastern (90)
Dungmali (30) Kumaoni (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 82,000 Maithili 59,000
Bhojpuri 42,000 Awadhi 14,000
Hindi 6,000 Magar, Eastern 2,200
Bantawa 1,600 Rajbanshi 700
Marwari 400 Angika 300
Kayort 200 Bengali 200
Chamling 200 Musasa 200
Newar 100 Panjabi, Eastern 90
Dungmali 30 Kumaoni 30
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.71%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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