Kanjar (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

They were labeled a "criminal tribe" during colonial rule, branded as such by their fellow countrymen, and today they have been called the "most despicable" of all the people in India. Given the vast number of people groups in this huge country, this is quite a condemnation!


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kanjars earned this poor reputation among their peers by prostituting their women and engaging in a variety of other illegal and illicit activities. They have earned a bad reputation in God's eyes by choosing to worship Bhavani and the goddess Prabha. They also invoke the powers of a "protector-exorcist" known as Syaanaa to keep evil spirits at bay, and regularly pay homage to their ancestors through prayer and the consumption of alcoholic beverages.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Despite these behaviors, God loves the Kanjar people. He sent His only Son so that they could believe in Him and have everlasting Life. Jesus died on the cross in order to rescue the Kanjars from the dominion of darkness and lead them into the Kingdom of God. Have the Kanjars heard this good news? Do they know that God desires to have relationship with them? Who will tell them?


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Kanjar people to be reached with the gospel.
* Pray for the Word of God to be preached and demonstrated in such a way that they will be set free from their bondage to demons and self-destruction.
* Pray for the Kanjars to realize their true identity in Christ.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-28
People Name General Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 211,000
World Population 214,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Baid, Bhain, Chhara, Gehar Kanjar, Ghiara, Giarah, Kachhanda, Kanchan, Kanjar, Kanjarbhat, Kanjari, Kanjhar, Kanjia, Kanjir, Kanjirbhat, Kanmaliya, Khanjarbhat, Khanjiman, Kuchbandhia, Kuchbandiya, Kunjagaru, Kuswadiya, Lahid, Lodyar, Lolyar, Marriya, Nat, Pacheya, Pachyeya, Patharkat, Patharkat Kanjar, Patharkat Kunjar, Patharkut, Patharkut Kanjar, Patharkute, Pattharchera, Pattharkat, Sanda, Sangtarash, Sirikipal, Sirkiband, Sunkar, Thawai, Uthwar, कंज़र (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17081
ROP3 Code 112420
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups on file 7
Largest Subgroups
Kunchband
23,000
Giarah
2,700
Pattharkat
2,600
Jallad
2,300
Rachhband
1,000
Jat Kanjar
0
Kuchband
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 7
  Kunchband 23,000
  Giarah 2,700
  Pattharkat 2,600
  Jallad 2,300
  Rachhband 1,000
  Jat Kanjar 0
  Kuchband 0
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
123,000
Rajasthan
43,000
Madhya Pradesh
17,000
Delhi
8,000
Bihar
6,200
Uttarakhand
3,300
West Bengal
2,700
Maharashtra
2,500
Jharkhand
2,200
Chhattisgarh
1,000
Odisha
900
Chandigarh
500
Karnataka
200
Telangana
100
Gujarat
100
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 16
  Uttar Pradesh 123,000
  Rajasthan 43,000
  Madhya Pradesh 17,000
  Delhi 8,000
  Bihar 6,200
  Uttarakhand 3,300
  West Bengal 2,700
  Maharashtra 2,500
  Jharkhand 2,200
  Chhattisgarh 1,000
  Odisha 900
  Chandigarh 500
  Karnataka 200
  Telangana 100
  Gujarat 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (125,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Awadhi
16,000
Kanauji
15,000
Kanjari
14,000
Mewari
8,700
Bhojpuri
6,600
Dhundari
3,500
Bengali
2,600
Merwari
2,600
Marwari
2,400
Bundeli
1,200
Kumaoni
1,000
Shekhawati
1,000
Odia
800
Maithili
700
Chhattisgarhi
700
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (125,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Awadhi 16,000
  Kanauji 15,000
  Kanjari 14,000
  Mewari 8,700
  Bhojpuri 6,600
  Dhundari 3,500
  Bengali 2,600
  Merwari 2,600
  Marwari 2,400
  Bundeli 1,200
  Kumaoni 1,000
  Shekhawati 1,000
  Odia 800
  Maithili 700
  Chhattisgarhi 700
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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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