Jat, Dhillon, Sikh traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Jat, Dhillon, Sikh traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

In India, caste discrimination is forbidden by the constitution, but in actuality it pervades all religious and social structures. Socially, the most elite castes are called "forward castes," and among them are the 12 million Jats. Though most Jats are either Muslim or Hindu, those in the Punjab state are mainly Sikh (1). Among the Jats, there are sub-groups. The largest group is the Dhillon Jats, often called the Raja Jats due to the large number of kings, royalty, and warriors that have come from their clan. Its history dates back over 4,000 years with an impressive history in clan folklore. The Dhillon Dynasty probably founded India's capital city, Delhi, and ruled there from 800-283 B.C. The city's name is derived from the clan's name.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There is a strong Christian presence in India's Punjab State, home of most members of the Dhillon Jats. A church planting movement began in 2000 and had goals to have strong churches in each of its 12 districts, to have Christian workers based in each of its 491 pincode areas, and for every people group to have a church. Unfortunately, forward castes like the Jats are the least reached and least open to change. Caste is so important, especially in marriage, that some Jats advocate DNA testing to prove "Jatness" before the wedding.


1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_people#Religion

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-17
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People Name General Jat, Dhillon, Sikh traditions
People Name in Country Jat, Dhillon, Sikh traditions
Population in India 187,000
World Population 187,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Sikh Jat
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:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (168,000) Haryana (6,900) Rajasthan (4,900) Chandigarh (2,600)
Uttar Pradesh (2,000) Maharashtra (1,000) Jammu and Kashmir (1,000) Uttarakhand (700)
Madhya Pradesh (200) West Bengal (200) Delhi (200)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (168,000) Haryana (6,900)
Rajasthan (4,900) Chandigarh (2,600)
Uttar Pradesh (2,000) Maharashtra (1,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (1,000) Uttarakhand (700)
Madhya Pradesh (200) West Bengal (200)
Delhi (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (161,000) Hindi (17,000) Bagri (5,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 161,000 Hindi 17,000
Bagri 5,900
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Sikh Punjabi Language Film Film / Video
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: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
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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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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