Karal (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Karal or Karral or Sardar of India are a people who originally came from southern Afghanistan. They claim to be descendants of a shah whose ancestor was Alexander the Great.

Their name Karal means chief or ruler. They are proud of their military history and fight to keep their land independent from conquest. The Karal assert they they are are Rajputs and members of the Kshatriya caste. With the coming of the Muslims to north India, some Karal converted to Islam while others continued to be Hindus.

Today most Karal are farmers. Some serve as soldiers in the Indian Army and work as public servants. Their primary language is Hindi. They also speak other regional languages of north India.


Where Are they Located?

The Karal lives in the Indian states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Others live in the capital territory of Delhi. Other Karal live in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Karal revolve around the wet and dry seasons of the Indian subcontinent as well as the yearly Hindu holidays. They plant wheat, vegetables and fruit. They also raise animals for meat and dairy. They are not vegetarians. They eat meat except for beef. Some Karal own their land while others are landless and work for landowners.

Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit the property of their fathers. The Karal marry both within their group and with other similar peoples such as the Ghakkar, the Dhunds and the Saiyads.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Karals practice Hinduism, the ancient religion and culture of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples to offer flowers, food and incense to their gods. The Karal celebrate the major holidays of the Hindu year such as Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of light and Navratri, the nine-day observance of coming of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Karal need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to realize that the Hindu gods will not save them from their sins. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out before them.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Lord sends Indian and other Christians to share the gospel and love of Jesus Christ with the Karal people.
* Pray the Lord softens the hearts of the Karal so that they would be open to hearing the claims of Christ.
* Pray that Hindi Bibles would be made available to the Karal and that they would begin to read them and learn about the Savior.


References

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Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Karal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Karal (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 10,000
World Population 10,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karral, कराल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17092
ROP3 Code 112432
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
Haryana
5,300
Delhi
2,400
Himachal Pradesh
1,400
Punjab
1,100
Chandigarh
60
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
  Haryana 5,300
  Delhi 2,400
  Himachal Pradesh 1,400
  Punjab 1,100
  Chandigarh 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (6,500 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
3,500
Bilaspuri
600
Kangri
200
Mandeali
200
Haryanvi
100
Bagri
60
Primary Language Hindi (6,500 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 3,500
  Bilaspuri 600
  Kangri 200
  Mandeali 200
  Haryanvi 100
  Bagri 60
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 Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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