Kanjar (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
210,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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.


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 210,000
World Population 213,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5 to 6
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
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(122,000)
Rajasthan
(43,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(17,000)
Delhi
(7,900)
Bihar
(6,200)
Uttarakhand
(3,300)
West Bengal
(2,700)
Maharashtra
(2,500)
Jharkhand
(2,100)
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
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Uttar Pradesh (122,000)
  Rajasthan (43,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (17,000)
  Delhi (7,900)
  Bihar (6,200)
  Uttarakhand (3,300)
  West Bengal (2,700)
  Maharashtra (2,500)
  Jharkhand (2,100)
  Chhattisgarh (1,000)
  Odisha (900)
  Chandigarh (500)
  Karnataka (200)
  Telangana (100)
  Gujarat (100)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (124,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Awadhi
(16,000)
Kanauji
(15,000)
Kanjari
(14,000)
Mewari
(9,600)
Bhojpuri
(6,600)
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)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (124,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Awadhi (16,000)
  Kanauji (15,000)
  Kanjari (14,000)
  Mewari (9,600)
  Bhojpuri (6,600)
  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)
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
Forum of Bible Agencies
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 Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous   Copyrighted ©   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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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