The Kanjar people of Nepal were labeled a "criminal tribe" during colonial rule, branded as such by their South Asian countrymen, and today they have been called the "most despicable" of all the people. Kanjars earned this poor reputation among their peers by prostituting their women and engaging in a variety of other illegal and illicit activities.
Today the Kanjar people have low status and they have few opportunities to rise above their past.
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. The Kanjar people in Nepal practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Specifically, the Kanjar people of Nepal worship Bhavani and the goddess Prabha. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.
The Bible, audio, and visual resources exist in the language of the Kanjar people, however, they have not been exposed to them, and therefore remain unreached. Who will tell them?
Pray that Kanjar people would be softened to Jesus Christ and begin to seek out the Savior honored by other people in Nepal. Pray for Holy Spirit anointed workers to go to the Kanjar people of Nepal. Pray for Kanjar families to turn to Christ together, be discipled, and share their eternal life knowledge with others in their community.
Scripture Prayers for the Kanjar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kanjar (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Kanjar (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||3,400|
|Population all Countries||255,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|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)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Total States on file||11|
|Primary Language||Maithili (1,200 speakers)|
|Language Code||mai Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Maithili
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||One Story|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Maithili||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||Zume Resources||Zume Project|
|General||Zume Training||Zume Project|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Maithili||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Maithili||Literacy & Evangelism International|