Kahar (Sikh traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kahar (Sikh traditions) only in India
Population
81,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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

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


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-22
People Name General Kahar (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Kahar (Sikh traditions)
Population in India 81,000
World Population 81,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Chandrabansi, Dhimar, Guria, Jhimar, Jhinwar, Kamkar, Kir, Kohoro, Mallan, Mehra, Nikhad, Ramani, Rawani, कहर (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18123
ROP3 Code 113628
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: 17
Largest States
Punjab (60,000) Haryana (13,000) Delhi (1,800)
Uttar Pradesh (1,600) Rajasthan (1,500) Uttarakhand (600)
Jammu and Kashmir (400) Maharashtra (400) Chandigarh (300)
Madhya Pradesh (300) Jharkhand (300) Chhattisgarh (100)
Himachal Pradesh (100) Tamil Nadu (100) West Bengal (90)
Bihar (30) Gujarat (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: 17
Punjab (60,000) Haryana (13,000)
Delhi (1,800) Uttar Pradesh (1,600)
Rajasthan (1,500) Uttarakhand (600)
Jammu and Kashmir (400) Maharashtra (400)
Chandigarh (300) Madhya Pradesh (300)
Jharkhand (300) Chhattisgarh (100)
Himachal Pradesh (100) Tamil Nadu (100)
West Bengal (90) Bihar (30)
Gujarat (20)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (66,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pan   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 10
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (9,000) Haryanvi (1,500) Bagri (800)
Kashmiri (50) Kumaoni (50) Magahi (50)
Garhwali (30) Bhojpuri (20) Marathi
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (66,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 10
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (9,000) Haryanvi (1,500)
Bagri (800) Kashmiri (50)
Kumaoni (50) Magahi (50)
Garhwali (30) Bhojpuri (20)
Marathi (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 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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