Nanakshahi in India

The Nanakshahi have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

This is not an ethnic group so much as it’s a religious group. Nanakshahi refers to those who are devoted to Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Because they are not from one community, the Nanakshahi can have many possible lifestyles.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. This Hindu storekeeper (1469-1539) had a life-changing spiritual experience, which incited him to travel for years seeking spiritual truths. A wealthy admirer funded a village for Guru Nanak and his followers after they settled in Punjab. Some followers remained as permanent residents of the village; many more made periodic visits to obtain Nanak’s blessing. They listened to the teachings expressed there in numerous devotional hymns intended for communal singing, many of which still survive.


What Are Their Needs?

Intercessors could pray for the Nanakshahi community from afar and have contact with them by praying for their needs in person. Because they follow the teachings of Guru Nanak, the Nanakshahi community understands there is but one God who deserves our full devotion. Their holy book the Adi Granth, is filled with hymns of praise for God. They do not, however, understand that man is completely sinful, in need of a savior.


Prayer Points

Pray that Jesus would reveal his nature and his salvation to the Nanakshahi community during their meditation and through other supernatural encounters.
Pray that soon there will be Nanakshahi people discipling others in the ways of Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Nanakshahi in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Nanakshahi
People Name in Country Nanakshahi
Pronunciation NAH-nahk-shie
Alternate Names नानाक्षाही
Population this Country 2,600
Population all Countries 2,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17758
ROP3 Code 113217
ROP25 Code 305860
ROP25 Name Nanaksahi
Country India
Region Asia, South
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
Maharashtra
1,300
Madhya Pradesh
500
Gujarat
400
Bihar
300
Chhattisgarh
80
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
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
  Maharashtra 1,300
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Gujarat 400
  Bihar 300
  Chhattisgarh 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (1,700 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Primary Language Hindi (1,700 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
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  (1818-2022)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video 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 Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
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General Bible for Children Bible for Children
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General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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Photo Source (Representative photo)
Jasleen Kaur - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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