Gujar (Sikh traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Gujar (Sikh traditions) only in India
Population
49,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

No one would dare say anything bad to the man wearing the turban as he walked down the busy street in New Delhi. Everyone knew he was a Sikh from the Gujjar people group. The Gujjars had always been fierce warriors, especially those who converted to the Sikh religion. They once ruled a large part of India. The western state of Gujarat was named after them.
The Gujjars took part in the 1857 mutiny that nearly drove the British out of India, and they nearly made that rebellion succeed. After the mutiny, the British colonialists labeled them a "criminal tribe."

No one knows where the Gujjars came from. Some experts believe they are an offshoot of the Khazar people of Central Asia. Others believe they are an offshoot of the Huns that invaded India centuries ago.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gujjars were all Hindus at one time, but later some of them converted to Islam and Sikhism. Right now there are few, if any, followers of Jesus Christ among the Gujjars who come from a Sikh background.


Prayer Points

* Ask God to break the hold that the Sikh religion has on the Gujjars of India.
* May this people group realize that Jesus Christ is the only true source of salvation.
* Pray for the start of culturally sensitive gospel TV and radio broadcasts in languages that the Gujjar people can understand.
* May God raise up faithful workers to reach out to this people group.


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-28
People Name General Gujar (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Gujar (Sikh traditions)
Population in India 49,000
World Population 49,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Chaudhari, Gujar, Gurjar, गुजर (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18078
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 18
Largest States
Punjab (28,000) Haryana (11,000) Jammu and Kashmir (1,900)
Uttar Pradesh (1,500) Rajasthan (1,400) Delhi (1,000)
Uttarakhand (800) Himachal Pradesh (800) Madhya Pradesh (700)
Maharashtra (300) Chhattisgarh (300) Chandigarh (200)
Gujarat (200) West Bengal (100) Jharkhand (70)
Odisha (30) Karnataka (20) Telangana (20)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 18
Punjab (28,000) Haryana (11,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (1,900) Uttar Pradesh (1,500)
Rajasthan (1,400) Delhi (1,000)
Uttarakhand (800) Himachal Pradesh (800)
Madhya Pradesh (700) Maharashtra (300)
Chhattisgarh (300) Chandigarh (200)
Gujarat (200) West Bengal (100)
Jharkhand (70) Odisha (30)
Karnataka (20) Telangana (20)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (40,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pan   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 12
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (5,400) Haryanvi (900) Kangri (200)
Bagri (100) Mewari (70) Dogri (60)
Merwari (50) Kumaoni (40) Garhwali (30)
Marwari (20) Bilaspuri
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (40,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 12
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (5,400) Haryanvi (900)
Kangri (200) Bagri (100)
Mewari (70) Dogri (60)
Merwari (50) Kumaoni (40)
Garhwali (30) Marwari (20)
Bilaspuri (10)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Panjabi, 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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small

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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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