Gujjar (Muslim traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Bhurtia Unknown
Dodhi Unknown
Jammadar Unknown

Introduction / History

Gujjars (also known as Gurjars) entered India along with White Huns in 5th century A.D. from central Asia. Some of their clan names such as Hun, Aftali, etc. indicate that they were a part of the Hun tribe. They established their rule in present day Rajasthan by the name Gurjaratra in the 7th century A.D. Mihr Bhoja became their great emperor, who expanded the Gujjar ruled area to almost the entire northwestern part of India.There are several places in India and Pakistan named after their caste name as well as their different clans names such as Gujarat, Gujjaranwala, Gujjarkhan, Gujargarh, Gujarpur, Basigujjaran, Chachian, Khatanian, Kharian, Hunwara and many others. Three states ruled by Gujjar kings were even present at the time of Independence Day of India in 1947, which got emerged into India along with other states later on.


Where Are they Located?

Today they are found living in almost all the northwestern Indian states such as Rajasthan, Madhyapradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttaranchal Pradesh. They also live in large numbers in Pakistan's West Punjab, North West Frontier Province, Sindh and Azad Kashmir and also in Eastern Afghanistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal areas, Gujjars are mostly pastoral nomads, having no villages or other permanent settlements. They roam behind their herds of cattle on carts and horses and make their temporary settlements under tents in forest areas. They move to high altitude hills in summer while came back to pastoral grounds of lowlands in winter. In Haryana and Rajasthan and Gujarat a very small section of Gujjars is semi nomadic while the rest of them in these areas and other areas are well settled people participating in animal husbandry and agriculture. Gujjars of some areas are also viewed by other people as a community of criminals such as cattle thieves, horse thieves and looters. However, this is a misconception. Some of them are very well-to-do and rich landlords. Generally Gujjars are tall, strong and sturdy people with fair skin color and sharp features. They are considered wrestlers from birth in some areas while their other favorite sport is to lift huge, heavy stones. They are also good horse riders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Gujjars are mostly Hindus in India, though in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh they are mostly Sunni Muslims. Muslim Gujjars are also present in Uttaranchal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in small numbers while in East Punjab they are Sikhs too. The nomadic Gujjars are almost all Sunni Muslims. Gujjars believe in their customary laws regarding their social life amongst themselves.


What Are Their Needs?

They need education and to shun their out dated rituals such as child marriages etc. They need to be uplifted from their backwardness by incorporating policies such as of reservation for them in jobs and by teaching them the latest techniques in animal husbandry and agriculture. Efforts should be made to inspire them to leave their pastoral nomadic life by lending them material support they require.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gujjar (Muslim traditions) in India.


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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-07
People Name General Gujjar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Gujjar (Muslim traditions)
World Population 3,348,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 21
Alternate Names Bakarwal, Dodhi, Goor, Gujar, Gujri, Manhas, Mannas, गुज्जर
People ID 16879
ROP3 Code 112161
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 8
Largest States
Jammu and Kashmir
978,000
Himachal Pradesh
31,000
Uttar Pradesh
3,000
Haryana
2,000
Madhya Pradesh
1,200
Uttarakhand
800
Delhi
500
Maharashtra
80
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 8
  Jammu and Kashmir 978,000
  Himachal Pradesh 31,000
  Uttar Pradesh 3,000
  Haryana 2,000
  Madhya Pradesh 1,200
  Uttarakhand 800
  Delhi 500
  Maharashtra 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujari (654,000 speakers)
Language Code gju   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kashmiri
257,000
Dogri
33,000
Urdu
22,000
Bhadrawahi
15,000
Balti
8,300
Khowar
5,400
Kangri
4,000
Chambeali
2,700
Pahari, Mahasu
2,000
Bhattiyali
1,500
Churahi
1,000
Bateri
900
Purik
600
Mandeali
600
Shina
600
Primary Language Gujari (654,000 speakers)
Language Code gju   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kashmiri 257,000
  Dogri 33,000
  Urdu 22,000
  Bhadrawahi 15,000
  Balti 8,300
  Khowar 5,400
  Kangri 4,000
  Chambeali 2,700
  Pahari, Mahasu 2,000
  Bhattiyali 1,500
  Churahi 1,000
  Bateri 900
  Purik 600
  Mandeali 600
  Shina 600
People Groups Speaking Gujari

Primary Language:  Gujari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Matt Brandon  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.