Banjara (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
169,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Banjara were traditionally a nomadic community, but today they more commonly are settled and work in agricultural production. They believe that they were originally Hindu and were forcibly converted to Islam. They are non-vegetarians who eat beef. The Muslim Banjara have twelve clans. They maintain cordial relations with neighboring communities and share water sources with them. They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam.


Ministry Obstacles

To follow Jesus is to risk upsetting community harmony, and to risk losing family and friends.


Outreach Ideas

Christian workers need to build bridges of friendship and trust with the Banjara. Genuinely caring for material and physical needs is a big step in this direction.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no present followers of Jesus among the Muslim Banjara community, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light. Pray for materials to help them grow properly, such as recorded or written Scripture, and Gospel films.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Banjara community to be able to adequately care for their families, and for widows, orphans, and elderly people to have the care and protection needed.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banjara (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Banjara (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 169,000
World Population 265,400
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Badi, Bhanjara, Bhanjra, Bhojru, Brinjari, Chhakda, Chhakda Banjara, Dhali, Guwaria, Laban, Lambada, Lambana, Lambani, Paracha, Sirkiband, Wanjara, बंजारा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17482
ROP3 Code 112893
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
(140,000)
Uttarakhand
(18,000)
Haryana
(4,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(2,200)
Telangana
(2,200)
Gujarat
(600)
Andhra Pradesh
(300)
Maharashtra
(300)
Jammu and Kashmir
(200)
Delhi
(100)
Bihar
(70)
West Bengal
(60)
Punjab
(20)
Jharkhand
(10)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Uttar Pradesh (140,000)
  Uttarakhand (18,000)
  Haryana (4,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (2,200)
  Telangana (2,200)
  Gujarat (600)
  Andhra Pradesh (300)
  Maharashtra (300)
  Jammu and Kashmir (200)
  Delhi (100)
  Bihar (70)
  West Bengal (60)
  Punjab (20)
  Jharkhand (10)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (151,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
(3,600)
Lambadi
(1,800)
Garhwali
(1,400)
Telugu
(600)
Hindi
(500)
Gujarati
(400)
Marwari
(300)
Bengali
(50)
Odia
Chhattisgarhi
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (151,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi (3,600)
  Lambadi (1,800)
  Garhwali (1,400)
  Telugu (600)
  Hindi (500)
  Gujarati (400)
  Marwari (300)
  Bengali (50)
  Odia (0)
  Chhattisgarhi (0)
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1843-2016)
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 - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
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 The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Kingdom Rain 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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