Ramdasia (Sikh traditions) in India

The Ramdasia (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
472,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The aroma of cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves wafted through the air at the small chai house where Edmund and Charan met. Edmund, a visiting student from England, looked puzzled when he asked Charan about equality and Sikhism. "I know that you are from the Ramdasia caste of weavers. Yet you have a huge and successful textile business! How did the Ramdasia Sikhs move from their menial jobs as weavers to being so successful in business?"

Charan explained, "In the middle 1800s our Sikh society was starting to decay. Old Hindu caste practices were starting to take over. Then in 1873, Guru Singh Sabha started a movement to turn Sikhism back to its spiritual roots. He taught us to get back to understanding that we are all equal, despite the Hindu-imposed caste system. Many Ramdasia Sikhs began to drop their traditional weaving jobs and started to advance in other areas such as agriculture, industry, business, education, science, and the military. I'm certainly one who benefited from that change. To be sure that our society does not go back into old ways, we have strong accountability for our people. We have gatherings to discuss not only spiritual manners, but actions needed to maintain equality and brotherhood among our people."


Prayer Points

Pray that the Ramdasia Sikhs will hear God's Word, accept it, and enter the Kingdom of God, knowing that He created us to be equal in His eyes.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-30
People Name General Ramdasia (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Ramdasia (Sikh traditions)
Population in India 472,000
World Population 472,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names रामदसिया (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17938
ROP3 Code 113426
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
(381,000)
Haryana
(38,000)
Delhi
(14,000)
Rajasthan
(12,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(9,900)
Maharashtra
(4,300)
Uttarakhand
(3,700)
Madhya Pradesh
(2,100)
Jammu and Kashmir
(2,000)
Chandigarh
(1,300)
West Bengal
(900)
Jharkhand
(800)
Chhattisgarh
(600)
Himachal Pradesh
(500)
Gujarat
(400)
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab (381,000)
  Haryana (38,000)
  Delhi (14,000)
  Rajasthan (12,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (9,900)
  Maharashtra (4,300)
  Uttarakhand (3,700)
  Madhya Pradesh (2,100)
  Jammu and Kashmir (2,000)
  Chandigarh (1,300)
  West Bengal (900)
  Jharkhand (800)
  Chhattisgarh (600)
  Himachal Pradesh (500)
  Gujarat (400)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (404,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(58,000)
Bagri
(5,600)
Haryanvi
(3,500)
Dogri
(400)
Kumaoni
(100)
Garhwali
(80)
Awadhi
(60)
Kangri
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (404,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (58,000)
  Bagri (5,600)
  Haryanvi (3,500)
  Dogri (400)
  Kumaoni (100)
  Garhwali (80)
  Awadhi (60)
  Kangri (10)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1959-2002)
Bible-NT Audio 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 (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Sikhism
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 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


Copyright © 2017 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.