Sikligar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Sikligar (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Sikligar people are weapon polishers by tradition. The word Saiqai, which is related to their name, means a "polisher." Sikligars say they were once Rajputs.


Where Are they Located?

Sikligar people live in Gujarat and Haryana states.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Sikligar people are blacksmiths who sharpen knives and agricultural tools using child labor. Their main work is metal polishing and repairing damaged metal tools. They also make spades and iron baskets. Some are farmers who breed poultry and cattle.
They live in huts near the towns. Others live a nomadic lifestyle since towns don't always need full-time blacksmiths.
Sikligar people speak Hindi with those who are not in their community. They read and write in Devanagari.

They marry within their own community. Families and clans are important to them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They follow Hinduism in Gujarat. In Haryana they are Sikhs.


What Are Their Needs?

Adequate visual, audio and written Bible resources are available in the Hindi language, which Sikligar people speak, but they are still an unreached people group. Who will reach them?
Their most important need is 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 a provision for them through His son, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for workers to go as His ambassadors to Sikligar communities to lead them to saving knowledge of the Almighty God who offers provision for the penalty of their sins through Jesus Christ.
* Ask Almighty God to raise up entire families and communities until their culture is transformed to fully glorify God and represent His Kingdom here on earth.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sikligar


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-15
People Name General Sikligar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Sikligar (Hindu traditions)
World Population 76,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bhandela; Kamgar; Kammagar; Karinagar; Kotari; Kottari; Kottary; Kuchband; Lohar; Luhar; Mahaliya; Malvia; Panchal; Phulguria; Saikalgar; Saiqalgar; Saqqa; Saraina; Sarania; Sarnia; Shikalgar; Shishgar; Sikalgar; Sikkaligar; Sikkligar; Sikligar; Siqligar; Sisgar; Sishgar; Tala Chabiwala; सिकलिगर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18101
ROP3 Code 113604
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 13
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
40,000
Karnataka
11,000
Haryana
8,400
Gujarat
5,000
Delhi
4,900
Punjab
3,900
Himachal Pradesh
1,400
Rajasthan
500
Bihar
400
Chhattisgarh
200
Chandigarh
200
Maharashtra
60
Daman and Diu
20
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 13
  Madhya Pradesh 40,000
  Karnataka 11,000
  Haryana 8,400
  Gujarat 5,000
  Delhi 4,900
  Punjab 3,900
  Himachal Pradesh 1,400
  Rajasthan 500
  Bihar 400
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Chandigarh 200
  Maharashtra 60
  Daman and Diu 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (52,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
7,100
Gujarati
5,100
Punjabi, Eastern
4,100
Tulu
2,300
Haryanvi
1,400
Konkani, Goan
1,200
Bagri
400
Nimadi
400
Sirmauri
300
Pahari, Mahasu
200
Malvi
200
Marwari
200
Mewari
100
Dhundari
100
Chhattisgarhi
50
Primary Language Hindi (52,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 7,100
  Gujarati 5,100
  Punjabi, Eastern 4,100
  Tulu 2,300
  Haryanvi 1,400
  Konkani, Goan 1,200
  Bagri 400
  Nimadi 400
  Sirmauri 300
  Pahari, Mahasu 200
  Malvi 200
  Marwari 200
  Mewari 100
  Dhundari 100
  Chhattisgarhi 50
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 (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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 %
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.