Vanjara in India

Joshua Project has identified the Vanjara only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Vanjara live in Maharashtra in India in Ahmadnagar, Bhir and other regions. Vanjara is connected to the word Vana which means forest. They speak Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.

The Vanjara are not vegetarians but the women are not allowed to eat non-vegetarian food. They are endogamous, which means they prefer to marry within the group. A dowry is used in marriages. TProperty is inherited by the sons when the father dies. Women do housework and farm work. The dead are cremated except for children under eight who are buried. There is a death pollution period.

A caste council settles disputes among the Vanjara. They are Hindus by religion. Their work is mainly in agriculture. They have a low literacy level so the gospel needs to be given in oral form as well as written. Family planning is used by them.

Prayer Points

* Pray that leaders of the caste council will come to Jesus Christ and lead others of the Vanjara to salvation too.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.


Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Vanjara
People Name in Country Vanjara
Population in India 930,000
World Population 930,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Vantari, Vindhar, Wandhara, Wanjara
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Vanjara
Ethnic Code CNN25j
People ID 18329
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (810,000) Telangana (110,000) Karnataka (8,500) Odisha (600)
Gujarat (600) Delhi (100)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (810,000) Telangana (110,000)
Karnataka (8,500) Odisha (600)
Gujarat (600) Delhi (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marathi (787,000) Telugu (88,000) Hindi (38,000) Kannada (1,500)
Konkani (800) Gujarati (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 787,000 Telugu 88,000
Hindi 38,000 Kannada 1,500
Konkani 800 Gujarati 400
For Primary Language: Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1807-1957)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1982)
Complete Bible Yes   (1821-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Marathi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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