Batwal (Hindu traditions) in India

The Batwal (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Batwal people of Punjab trace their ancestry to the Kashmir Valley in north India. The word 'Batwal' in Punjabi means literally "the inhabitants of valley." The community provided the traditional watchmen for the villages of the Punjab. According to the community's own tradition, the Batwal people were forced to flee their settlements when India was attacked by Alexander the Great. Once the Greek armies retreated, the Batwal people found that their neighbors had seized their lands and they were forced to become village watchmen. For many generations they had two roles:village watchmen, and those who summoned the village for work. During colonial days many were allocated land by British authorities, and this caused a transformation towards becoming farmers. Some believe that the Batwal people were tied to the land by Dogra landowners, and the word 'Bat' in the Dogri language means someone who is bonded. They were for generations bonded to particular families of Dogra as serfs. Like other communities of similar status, the Batwal people have been granted Scheduled Caste status, which allows them to avail a number of affirmative action plans by the government of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many rural Batwal people have started to migrate to towns and cities. The main occupations of the Batwal are agriculture, government jobs, transport, trade and commerce. The Batwal people are divided into 13 clans. Like other neighboring Hindu communities, the Batwal are strictly exogamous, never marrying within the clan. The Batwal people share the customs and traditions of the locally dominant Dogra ethnic group and speak Dogri. The Batwal community have produced a renowned Punjabi singer from Punjab, India, popularly known as Lal Chand Yamla.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Batwal consider themselves to be Hindus. Each Batwal clan has its male deity and gods. Once a year, the members of each clan organize congregations at their temples before which they prostrate themselves, each head of a family sacrificing a goat in honor of his eldest son. A huge segment of Batwal people worship Sri Guru Gyagi Ji Maharaj and follow his teachings. Every year they celebrate his birthday with enthusiasm. Most Batwal people have been strongly influenced by the Arya Samaj Movement, while some Batwal have come under the influence of other Hindu reformist sects.


What Are Their Needs?

The Batwal community people are economically impoverished. The government of India in 1994 ordered the Planning Commission of India to undertake an ethnographic study. Unfortunately, no steps have yet been taken by the government to enhance the economic position of the Batwal community. The Batwal need to hear and understand the good news about Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Batwal (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for a spiritual desire to come to the Batwal so that they will seek and find the Holy One of God, Jesus Christ. * Pray that answers to prayer will give the Batwal a thirst to know more about the Lord Jesus. * Pray for believers to go to the Batwal people and help them with both their physical and spiritual needs. * Pray for a disciple making movement to Christ among the Batwal people in this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-21
People Name General Batwal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Batwal (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 82,000
Population all Countries 82,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Barwala; Haukara; Hokadena; Karaock; बटवाल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16342
ROP3 Code 111478
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Jammu and Kashmir
44,000
Punjab
20,000
Himachal Pradesh
17,000
Haryana
700
Delhi
600
Chandigarh
100
Uttarakhand
40
Rajasthan
40
Uttar Pradesh
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Jammu and Kashmir 44,000
  Punjab 20,000
  Himachal Pradesh 17,000
  Haryana 700
  Delhi 600
  Chandigarh 100
  Uttarakhand 40
  Rajasthan 40
  Uttar Pradesh 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Dogri (31,000 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Hindi
19,000
Punjabi, Eastern
16,000
Kangri
12,000
Chambeali
1,700
Kashmiri
1,600
Gujari
300
Churahi
60
Bagri
40
Bhadrawahi
20
Bilaspuri Ladakhi
Primary Language Dogri (31,000 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 19,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 16,000
  Kangri 12,000
  Chambeali 1,700
  Kashmiri 1,600
  Gujari 300
  Churahi 60
  Bagri 40
  Bhadrawahi 20
  Bilaspuri 10
  Ladakhi 0
People Groups Speaking Dogri

Primary Language:  Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1883-1971)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1826)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Dogri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dogri
General Gospel website in this language
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General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.04 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.97 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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