Tarkhan, Hindu traditions in India






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The Tarkhan community have traditionally been widely engaged in carpentry, but presently they are engaged in many other trades. Marriages outside their own caste are allowed, and even encouraged to an extent. Two endogamous (marry only within the group) subgroups groups have been reported, the Amarsari Tarkhan and the Ludhiana Tarkhan. In addition, there are several clans, and clan names are often used as surnames. They have been described as "backward in terms of literacy, economic standards, social and cultural awareness." They are Hindus.

Ministry Obstacles

Most Tarkhans live in the state of Haryana, "one of India's least-evangelized states". The Church in this state is described as "weak, small and routinely under threat from Hinduists". Operation World 2010.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for more workers for all of North India, a very spiritually dark area. Multiplied thousands of evangelists and church planters are needed.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a number of Tarkhans who have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India, which is quite encouraging. These Christians need our prayers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for rising literacy rates within the Tarkhan community, and for the necessary skills to make them employable.

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People Name General Tarkhan, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Tarkhan, Hindu traditions
Population in India 823,000
World Population 824,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barhi, Bari, Chattarsaz, Darkhan, Dhaman, Karigar, Kharadi, Khatri, Mistri, Ramgarhia, Ramghadiya, Ranghadia, Tarakkan, Tarkhan, Tarkihar, Thirkhan, Tikhan
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (412,000) Delhi (140,000) Himachal Pradesh (89,000) Punjab (78,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (74,000) Uttar Pradesh (17,000) Gujarat (6,500) Chandigarh (6,000)
Uttarakhand (1,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (50) Rajasthan (50) Kerala (30)
West Bengal (20)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (412,000) Delhi (140,000)
Himachal Pradesh (89,000) Punjab (78,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (74,000) Uttar Pradesh (17,000)
Gujarat (6,500) Chandigarh (6,000)
Uttarakhand (1,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (50)
Rajasthan (50) Kerala (30)
West Bengal (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (377,000) Panjabi, Eastern (232,000) Haryanvi (62,000) Dogri (48,000)
Kangri (28,000) Panjabi, Western (13,000) Mandeali (12,000) Bagri (7,000)
Pahari, Mahasu (6,900) Gujarati (4,400) Pahari, Kullu (4,200) Kashmiri (3,400)
Chambeali (1,800) Bilaspuri (1,500) Marwari (800) Sirmauri (700)
Bhattiyali (600) Bhadrawahi (400) Braj Bhasha (200) Bhojpuri (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 377,000 Panjabi, Eastern 232,000
Haryanvi 62,000 Dogri 48,000
Kangri 28,000 Panjabi, Western 13,000
Mandeali 12,000 Bagri 7,000
Pahari, Mahasu 6,900 Gujarati 4,400
Pahari, Kullu 4,200 Kashmiri 3,400
Chambeali 1,800 Bilaspuri 1,500
Marwari 800 Sirmauri 700
Bhattiyali 600 Bhadrawahi 400
Braj Bhasha 200 Bhojpuri 200
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.99 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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