Saini (Hindu traditions) in India

The Saini (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Subgroups: 6

Subgroup Name Population
Bhagirathi 106,000
Gole 29,000
Bahenia 22,000
Bagri 1,200
Deshwali 1,200
Phulmali 200

Introduction / History

Saini are also called Mali.


Where Are they Located?

Saini people of India live in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, the Punjab, Chandigarh and in Delhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Saini speak in the languages of the states where they live. They read and write in Devanagari In Himachal Pradesh, the Punjab, Chhattisgarth and Delhi, they speak mainly Punjabi, and read and write in Gurumukhi. They also speak in Hindi.

The main work of Saini people is crop farming, and management of farm animals. In some states they are gardeners. Most are landowners, but in Haryana most lease their land for cultivation. More are now becoming shopkeepers, others have small manufacturing businesses or government jobs. Among Saini people are notable scientists, professors.

Saini people enjoy a high literacy level, the product of their own education organizations. They use modern and local medicine and family planning.

The Saini marry only in social boundaries. They do marry among clans and between villages. Adult marriages with one spouse through agreement by discussion is the usual custom. An additional spouse is allowed if the wife cannot have children. A dowry is given. Divorce does not happen often, but is allowed. Divorcees and the bereaved are allowed to remarry.

Property is inherited through the male lineage only, and all sons inherit equally. The oldest son becomes the head of the home.

Saini women, in addition to housework, help on the family farms. Women who are educated work for government and private organizations. They also take part in religious and social matters.

Saini have their own assemblies that see to the needs of the people. They settle family and land problems and cases involving divorce and adultery.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Saini people follow the Hindu religion, worshiping the main Hindu gods and goddesses, and their ancestors. They believe in exorcisms. Saini celebrate festivals such as Diwali and Holi. They particularly regard Shoorsain Jayanti which is the birthday of King Shoorsain, December 22nd each year. Brahmin priests perform lifetime rituals.

They cremate their dead and scatter the ashes in the Ganges River at Haridwar.


What Are Their Needs?

Written, audio, and visual Bible resources are available in the Hindi language, yet Saini people remain unreached.
Anti-conversion laws exist in Himachal Predesh, and Chhattisgarth which will complicate gospel outreach, but with God all things are possible.

The most important need is for Saini people to understand that their good works and worship of false gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that Almighty Creator God has made the provision for them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Saini (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for Saini people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Chris.
* Pray that intercessors worldwide will regularly pray for salvation of Saini people.


References

www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/saini/


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-24
People Name General Saini (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Saini (Hindu traditions)
World Population 703,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 14
Alternate Names Bogar, Deswali, Mali, Phulmali, Sain, Sainsar, Sani, Sanin, Saniyar, Sayani, Shurasaini, Shursaini, सैनी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17998
ROP3 Code 113490
Country India
Region South Asia
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 11
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
293,000
Haryana
183,000
Punjab
112,000
Uttarakhand
79,000
Himachal Pradesh
24,000
Chandigarh
4,800
Rajasthan
3,100
Delhi
2,700
Gujarat
1,000
Odisha
500
Karnataka
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 11
  Uttar Pradesh 293,000
  Haryana 183,000
  Punjab 112,000
  Uttarakhand 79,000
  Himachal Pradesh 24,000
  Chandigarh 4,800
  Rajasthan 3,100
  Delhi 2,700
  Gujarat 1,000
  Odisha 500
  Karnataka 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (536,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
128,000
Haryanvi
21,000
Garhwali
9,400
Mandeali
3,400
Kangri
2,100
Pahari, Mahasu
2,000
Bagri
1,400
Bilaspuri
1,000
Gujarati
500
Odia
400
Kumaoni
400
Bhojpuri
300
Sirmauri
200
Awadhi
200
Primary Language Hindi (536,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 128,000
  Haryanvi 21,000
  Garhwali 9,400
  Mandeali 3,400
  Kangri 2,100
  Pahari, Mahasu 2,000
  Bagri 1,400
  Bilaspuri 1,000
  Gujarati 500
  Odia 400
  Kumaoni 400
  Bhojpuri 300
  Sirmauri 200
  Awadhi 200
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  (1818-2000)
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 (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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