Punjabi in Mauritius

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

During the days of the British Empire, the Brits sent indentured servants to Mauritius, an island off the coast of East Africa, to work sugar cane fields and the like. Some of these Indians spoke the Punjabi language as do their descendants today. There were women among the Punjabis, and many of these married Chinese men who also migrated to this island nation.

21st century Punjabis are living much better than the ones who first came to Mauritius. Punjabis, and other Mauritians of Indian descent, have dominated the political landscape of this island nation for many years. Indians make up over half of the population of Mauritius today.

Where Are they Located?

The Punjabis live mainly in the few urban centers of Mauritius such as Port Louis. Others live in smaller places like Quatres Bornes. They tend to congregate at their places of worship known as gurdwaras.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the Punjabis in Mauritius are working in the high tech and banking industries. They are highly educated and noted for their abilities in business and computer programming.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Punjabis in Mauritius are Sikhs, though there are a couple of Hindu Punjabis families among them. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak, who tried to bring together the best teachings of Islam and Hinduism at a time when there was much fighting between the two religious communities.

What Are Their Needs?

The Punjabis in Mauritius are doing well economically, but they are on the wrong track in terms of their spiritual direction. Though Guru Nanak taught the Sikhs some good moral teachings about helping the poor, he did not point the way to the only Savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will thrust out ambassadors to the Punjabis with the eternal gospel.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in Punjabi hearts so they will understand that they need a savior.
* Pray for the highly literate Punjabis to form Bible studies in their language.
* Pray that these Bible studies will result in Christ-oriented fellowships throughout Mauritius.


Profiles written by Global Prayer Digest

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Punjabi
People Name in Country Punjabi
Population in Mauritius 25,000
World Population 2,024,800
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Eastern Punjabi, Gurmukhi, Mirpur Punjabi, Panjabi, Sikh
People ID 14483
ROP3 Code 108182

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (25,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Punjabi
Dialect Code 761   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (25,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Punjabi
Dialect Code 761   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1959-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
34.00 %
20.00 %
2.50 %
Other / Small
41.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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