Kahar (Sikh traditions) in India

The Kahar (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 11 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Budane 1,600
Turaiya 1,600
Mehra 1,400
Batham 400
Mahar 200
Bhoi Dhimar Unknown
Khawar Unknown
Mallah Unknown
Raikwar Unknown
Rawani Unknown

Introduction / History

What Indian caste is not really a caste at all? They are the Kahari people, who are part of an ancient community in northern India.


Where Are they Located?

Three quarters of the more than 80,000 Kaharis live in Punjab, and their primary language is Eastern Panjabi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The people group was traditionally associated with water. They cultivated farms with a liberal amount of water, dug wells, grew water nuts, captured waterfowls, and were notable boatmen and fisherman.

With the last century's modernization, these water-related roles have dwindled. Their occupations have become more diversified, inspiring 15 sub-castes to break off from them. Considered "backward," they became parcel carriers, house servants, and stone-cutters. In village settings, they are now landless agricultural laborers. In the city where many have emigrated, they are wage laborers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kaharis are divided into Hindu, Muslim, and Sikhs communities. The Sikhs among them converted from Hinduism long ago. The Kahari Sikhs are considered to be among the least reached people groups; few if any follow Jesus Christ. Biblical resources are available to them though! In 2002, a complete Bible translation was finished in Eastern Panjabi. Christian teaching is available in audio, video, film and printed formats. Now they need to respond to these resources by forming fellowships of Christ followers.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kahar (Sikh traditions) in India.

Pray that one day soon the Kaharis will lead other castes to drink the Living Water.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-22
People Name General Kahar (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Kahar (Sikh traditions)
Population this Country 77,000
Population all Countries 77,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Chandrabansi; Dhimar; Guria; Jhimar; Jhinwar; Kamkar; Kir; Kohoro; Mallan; Mehra; Nikhad; Ramani; Rawani; कहर (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18123
ROP3 Code 113628
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Sikh - other
People Group Kahar (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 11
  Budane 1,600
  Turaiya 1,600
  Mehra 1,400
  Batham 400
  Mahar 200
  Bhoi Dhimar 0
  Khawar 0
  Mallah 0
  Raikwar 0
  Rawani 0
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
57,000
Haryana
12,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,500
Delhi
1,500
Rajasthan
1,400
Uttarakhand
600
Jammu and Kashmir
500
Maharashtra
300
Chandigarh
300
Jharkhand
300
Madhya Pradesh
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Himachal Pradesh
100
Tamil Nadu
100
West Bengal
100
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 17
  Punjab 57,000
  Haryana 12,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,500
  Delhi 1,500
  Rajasthan 1,400
  Uttarakhand 600
  Jammu and Kashmir 500
  Maharashtra 300
  Chandigarh 300
  Jharkhand 300
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Himachal Pradesh 100
  Tamil Nadu 100
  West Bengal 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (65,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Hindi
9,300
Haryanvi
1,500
Bagri
800
Kashmiri
60
Kumaoni
50
Garhwali
30
Bhojpuri
20
Magahi
20
Marathi
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (65,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 9,300
  Haryanvi 1,500
  Bagri 800
  Kashmiri 60
  Kumaoni 50
  Garhwali 30
  Bhojpuri 20
  Magahi 20
  Marathi 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  (1818-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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
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 Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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