Gardi (Hindu traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Gardi (Hindu traditions) only in India
Population
5,800
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The 4,400 Gardi people of Jammu and Kashmir are a community of professional musicians. On the surface, they appear to be like the better known Jogis, but the latter sing in Hindu places of worship, whereas the Gardis sing at both religious and social functions. They make their own musical instruments of one or two strings. The men sing folk songs that may be romantic or religious in nature. They also do public narrations of folk tales about royals or some martial race in their region. They speak Dogri, one of the main languages in their part of northern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Gardi girls get married on the average at age 18, and their boys marry at about 22. Most of them have monogamous marriages. Their weddings are solemnized at the bride's residence and the nuptial ceremony is performed at the groom's home. In addition to their domestic duties, Gardi women often work outside the home whether they work in a rural or an urban setting.

The Gardi people are branching out into other forms of work such as day labor, animal husbandry, petty business, and government service. In the last couple of decades many Gardi people have acquired land for farming. They prefer modern medical care, but if it's not available in their region, they fall back on traditional medicine. They now have access to clean water, electricity, and post offices.


What Are Their Beliefs?

This is a Hindu people who primarily worship the god Arud because his melodious voice, and because he escorted the powerful Rama during his search for the goddess Sita.


Prayer Points

Pray that they will give Jesus their all, so that they will have no room in their hearts of Arud or any other god.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Gardi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Gardi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 5,800
World Population 5,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Gardhi, गार्दी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16922
ROP3 Code 112220
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Jammu and Kashmir
(5,100)
Punjab
(500)
Himachal Pradesh
(70)
Chandigarh
(60)
Delhi
(50)
Uttarakhand
(10)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Jammu and Kashmir (5,100)
  Punjab (500)
  Himachal Pradesh (70)
  Chandigarh (60)
  Delhi (50)
  Uttarakhand (10)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Dogri (3,200 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(1,300)
Kashmiri
(900)
Punjabi, Eastern
(300)
Bhadrawahi
(100)
Garhwali Ladakhi
People Groups Speaking Dogri
Primary Language Dogri (3,200 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (1,300)
  Kashmiri (900)
  Punjabi, Eastern (300)
  Bhadrawahi (100)
  Garhwali (10)
  Ladakhi (10)
People Groups Speaking Dogri

Primary Language:  Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1883-1971)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1826)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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