Pinjara in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Soria 35,000

Introduction / History

The Pinjara (Pinja, Penja, Bahna or Dhunia) derive their name from the term pinjala meaning 'cotton weaver.' Their traditional occupation is naturally one of cleaning and reeling cotton to make pillows, quilts or even mattresses. The over 3 million Pinjara can be found either Muslim or Hindu. It is believed that the Muslim Pinjara converted to Islam about 500 years ago during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pinjara can today be found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They live in over 500 districts of India and Nepal and speak more than a dozen different languages depending on their location. The Pinjara speak primarily Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili and Urdu. Although they are well over 90% Muslim the Pinjara can be found to keep Hindu festivals, even making vows to Hindu gods. The Pinjara are not vegetarian though do not eat pork. They occupy a higher than unclean status and can be found as both skilled and unskilled workers.


What Are Their Needs?

Very little ministry activity has been focused on the Pinjara. Many Urdu resources are available although there is a severe lack of workers to this sizable Muslim group in India and Nepal. Pinjara are sometimes looked down on religiously because of their mixture of Islam and Hinduism beliefs. Pray that the Truth could be known and celebrated in Nepal.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pinjara in India.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-09-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-09-11
People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Pronunciation pin-JAR-ah
Population this Country 3,304,000
Population all Countries 3,518,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 66
Alternate Names Bahana; Bahna; Behana; Behna; Daffali; Dhunia; Dhunkar; Kahrar; Laliwala; Mansoor; Mansoori; Nadaf; Naddaf; Noor; Panjara; Panjora; Panjwara; Penja; Pinara; Pinja; Pinjali; Pinjar; Pinjari; Pinjia; Punji; Shaikh Mansoor; Sheikh Monsoori; Soria; Sulia; Tai; पिंजरा
People ID 17877
ROP3 Code 113353
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,851,000
Bihar
654,000
Madhya Pradesh
376,000
Karnataka
172,000
Maharashtra
86,000
West Bengal
48,000
Andhra Pradesh
31,000
Odisha
22,000
Uttarakhand
15,000
Rajasthan
14,000
Chhattisgarh
9,100
Haryana
8,000
Telangana
7,300
Jharkhand
5,000
Tamil Nadu
3,500
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 1,851,000
  Bihar 654,000
  Madhya Pradesh 376,000
  Karnataka 172,000
  Maharashtra 86,000
  West Bengal 48,000
  Andhra Pradesh 31,000
  Odisha 22,000
  Uttarakhand 15,000
  Rajasthan 14,000
  Chhattisgarh 9,100
  Haryana 8,000
  Telangana 7,300
  Jharkhand 5,000
  Tamil Nadu 3,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (2,719,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
166,000
Kannada
153,000
Marathi
72,000
Telugu
41,000
Bengali
33,000
Awadhi
30,000
Maithili
25,000
Malvi
10,000
Kanauji
9,700
Bagheli
6,100
Bundeli
5,900
Odia
5,700
Angika
3,700
Mewari
3,400
Marwari
2,800
Primary Language Urdu (2,719,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 166,000
  Kannada 153,000
  Marathi 72,000
  Telugu 41,000
  Bengali 33,000
  Awadhi 30,000
  Maithili 25,000
  Malvi 10,000
  Kanauji 9,700
  Bagheli 6,100
  Bundeli 5,900
  Odia 5,700
  Angika 3,700
  Mewari 3,400
  Marwari 2,800
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  (1843-2007)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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