Kanjar (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
218,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-28
People Name General Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 218,000
World Population 221,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 16
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh (126,000) Rajasthan (45,000) Madhya Pradesh (18,000)
Delhi (8,100) Bihar (6,400) Uttarakhand (3,500)
West Bengal (2,800) Maharashtra (2,500) Jharkhand (2,200)
Chhattisgarh (1,000) Odisha (1,000) Chandigarh (500)
Karnataka (200) Telangana (200) Gujarat (100)
Goa (30)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 16
Uttar Pradesh (126,000) Rajasthan (45,000)
Madhya Pradesh (18,000) Delhi (8,100)
Bihar (6,400) Uttarakhand (3,500)
West Bengal (2,800) Maharashtra (2,500)
Jharkhand (2,200) Chhattisgarh (1,000)
Odisha (1,000) Chandigarh (500)
Karnataka (200) Telangana (200)
Gujarat (100) Goa (30)
Primary Language: Hindi (124,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 27
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Awadhi (16,000) Kanauji (15,000) Kanjari (14,000)
Mewari (9,600) Bhojpuri (6,500) Dhundari (3,700)
Bengali (2,600) Merwari (2,600) Marwari (2,200)
Bundeli (1,200) Kumaoni (1,000) Shekhawati (1,000)
Odia (800) Maithili (700) Chhattisgarhi (700)
Punjabi, Eastern (700) Garhwali (700) Malvi (600)
Braj Bhasha (500) Haroti: Harauti (400)
Primary Language: Hindi (124,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 27
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Awadhi (16,000) Kanauji (15,000)
Kanjari (14,000) Mewari (9,600)
Bhojpuri (6,500) Dhundari (3,700)
Bengali (2,600) Merwari (2,600)
Marwari (2,200) Bundeli (1,200)
Kumaoni (1,000) Shekhawati (1,000)
Odia (800) Maithili (700)
Chhattisgarhi (700) Punjabi, Eastern (700)
Garhwali (700) Malvi (600)
Braj Bhasha (500) Haroti: Harauti (400)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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 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
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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