Pinjara in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Subgroups: 10

Subgroup Name Population
Soria 16,000
Multani 4,000
Sathi 3,800
Mansoor 2,300
Kathiawadi 1,900
Chaurasia 1,800
Gohilwad 1,800
Zhalwad 1,800
Ghatone Pinjara Unknown
Teli Unknown

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
People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Pronunciation pin-JAR-ah
World Population 3,654,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 69
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Muslim - Other
People Group Pinjara
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 10
  Soria 16,000
  Multani 4,000
  Sathi 3,800
  Mansoor 2,300
  Kathiawadi 1,900
  Chaurasia 1,800
  Gohilwad 1,800
  Zhalwad 1,800
  Ghatone Pinjara 0
  Teli 0
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 25
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,871,000
Bihar
661,000
Madhya Pradesh
382,000
Karnataka
174,000
Gujarat
88,000
Maharashtra
87,000
West Bengal
48,000
Andhra Pradesh
31,000
Odisha
22,000
Uttarakhand
15,000
Rajasthan
15,000
Chhattisgarh
9,200
Haryana
8,100
Telangana
7,400
Jharkhand
5,100
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 25  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 1,871,000
  Bihar 661,000
  Madhya Pradesh 382,000
  Karnataka 174,000
  Gujarat 88,000
  Maharashtra 87,000
  West Bengal 48,000
  Andhra Pradesh 31,000
  Odisha 22,000
  Uttarakhand 15,000
  Rajasthan 15,000
  Chhattisgarh 9,200
  Haryana 8,100
  Telangana 7,400
  Jharkhand 5,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (2,990,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
163,000
Gujarati
57,000
Bengali
33,000
Awadhi
28,000
Maithili
25,000
Telugu
15,000
Marathi
15,000
Kanauji
8,800
Kannada
4,300
Kacchi
3,900
Angika
3,600
Mewari
3,400
Bundeli
2,700
Marwari
2,600
Malvi
2,500
Primary Language Urdu (2,990,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 163,000
  Gujarati 57,000
  Bengali 33,000
  Awadhi 28,000
  Maithili 25,000
  Telugu 15,000
  Marathi 15,000
  Kanauji 8,800
  Kannada 4,300
  Kacchi 3,900
  Angika 3,600
  Mewari 3,400
  Bundeli 2,700
  Marwari 2,600
  Malvi 2,500
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
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 - 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 Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
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 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 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 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
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.