Pinjara in India


Population
3,368,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-08
People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Population in India 3,368,000
World Population 3,588,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 67
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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 Urdu Muslim
People Group Pinjara
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups on file 10
Largest Subgroups
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
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 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 25
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,839,000
Bihar
650,000
Madhya Pradesh
376,000
Karnataka
171,000
Maharashtra
86,000
Gujarat
82,000
West Bengal
47,000
Andhra Pradesh
31,000
Odisha
21,000
Uttarakhand
15,000
Rajasthan
14,000
Chhattisgarh
9,100
Haryana
8,000
Telangana
7,300
Jharkhand
3,700
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 25  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 1,839,000
  Bihar 650,000
  Madhya Pradesh 376,000
  Karnataka 171,000
  Maharashtra 86,000
  Gujarat 82,000
  West Bengal 47,000
  Andhra Pradesh 31,000
  Odisha 21,000
  Uttarakhand 15,000
  Rajasthan 14,000
  Chhattisgarh 9,100
  Haryana 8,000
  Telangana 7,300
  Jharkhand 3,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (2,947,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
169,000
Gujarati
54,000
Telugu
34,000
Awadhi
34,000
Bengali
32,000
Maithili
27,000
Marathi
16,000
Kanauji
9,500
Kannada
4,300
Kacchi
3,900
Angika
3,400
Mewari
3,300
Bundeli
2,800
Marwari
2,600
Malvi
2,600
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (2,947,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 169,000
  Gujarati 54,000
  Telugu 34,000
  Awadhi 34,000
  Bengali 32,000
  Maithili 27,000
  Marathi 16,000
  Kanauji 9,500
  Kannada 4,300
  Kacchi 3,900
  Angika 3,400
  Mewari 3,300
  Bundeli 2,800
  Marwari 2,600
  Malvi 2,600
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 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
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 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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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