Gardi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Gardi (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
5,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-22
People Name General Gardi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Gardi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 5,700
World Population 5,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Gardi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Total Subgroups on file 7
Largest Subgroups
Bajgal
200
Balgotra
200
Jasotra
200
Julotra
200
Kalotra
200
Kaswalia
200
Sangril
200
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Gardi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Total Subgroups 7
  Bajgal 200
  Balgotra 200
  Jasotra 200
  Julotra 200
  Kalotra 200
  Kaswalia 200
  Sangril 200
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Jammu and Kashmir
5,100
Punjab
500
Chandigarh
60
Delhi
50
Himachal Pradesh
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Jammu and Kashmir 5,100
  Punjab 500
  Chandigarh 60
  Delhi 50
  Himachal Pradesh 40
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Dogri (3,200 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
1,300
Kashmiri
900
Punjabi, Eastern
300
Bhadrawahi
100
Other People Groups Speaking Dogri
Primary Language Dogri (3,200 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 1,300
  Kashmiri 900
  Punjabi, Eastern 300
  Bhadrawahi 100
People Groups Speaking Dogri

Primary Language:  Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1883-1971)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1826-2017)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
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Gospel Go 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
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
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
0.00 %
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 latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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