Sonar (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
7,672,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The name of the community is derived from the word sona meaning gold, and the people who work with gold are called Sunar or Sonar. Traditionally they are goldsmiths, but with the availability of better educational facilities the Sonar have become inclined towards education. They claim their social status next to that of the Brahmin. Divorce and remarriage are allowed.


Ministry Obstacles

A Sonar follower of Christ may lose his place in society, and be ostracized. This is especially an issue for high caste individuals.


Outreach Ideas

Sustained and focused prayer is needed, as well as workers who can relate to high caste groups.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few if any Christian believers among the Sonar, but pray for the ones that will soon be a part of this community. Pray they be well instructed in the faith, and will grow in maturity and in numbers. Pray they live holy lives.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Sonar community to be humble enough to acknowledge their need for forgiveness of sin, and that they understand the provision for forgiveness that God has provided.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-09
People Name General Sonar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Sonar (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 7,672,000
World Population 7,757,200
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 154 to 159
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Agsali, Aksali, Ashraf, Ausala, Chaudhari, Gorkha, Hemkar, Jangar, Jargar, Kamsala, Kapila, Karai, Khakhar, Khatri, Konkar, Korai, Maipotra, Mair, Nepali, Niaria, Patni, Pattar, Potdar, Sanur, Saraf, Sarat, Sawrnakar, Sharif, Sheriff, Soanri Bania, Sonagara, Sonar, Sonari Bania, Soni, Soni Hahajan, Sonkar, Sonnari, Sunar, Suni, Sunia, Suniar, Suniyara, Sunnari, Suvarnakar, Suvarnkar, Swarankar, Swarnakar, Tank, Verma, Zagar, Zargar, सोनार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18150
ROP3 Code 113659
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 32
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
(1,268,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(1,140,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(821,000)
Bihar
(745,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(586,000)
Telangana
(454,000)
Rajasthan
(444,000)
West Bengal
(375,000)
Gujarat
(372,000)
Tamil Nadu
(365,000)
Karnataka
(284,000)
Haryana
(187,000)
Chhattisgarh
(107,000)
Punjab
(93,000)
Delhi
(90,000)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 32  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra (1,268,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (1,140,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (821,000)
  Bihar (745,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (586,000)
  Telangana (454,000)
  Rajasthan (444,000)
  West Bengal (375,000)
  Gujarat (372,000)
  Tamil Nadu (365,000)
  Karnataka (284,000)
  Haryana (187,000)
  Chhattisgarh (107,000)
  Punjab (93,000)
  Delhi (90,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (2,919,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 58
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
(1,209,000)
Marathi
(828,000)
Gujarati
(379,000)
Bengali
(331,000)
Tamil
(326,000)
Bhojpuri
(287,000)
Kannada
(230,000)
Marwari
(144,000)
Konkani
(100,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(97,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(77,000)
Odia
(67,000)
Awadhi
(65,000)
Dhundari
(52,000)
Kanauji
(40,000)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (2,919,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 58
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu (1,209,000)
  Marathi (828,000)
  Gujarati (379,000)
  Bengali (331,000)
  Tamil (326,000)
  Bhojpuri (287,000)
  Kannada (230,000)
  Marwari (144,000)
  Konkani (100,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (97,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (77,000)
  Odia (67,000)
  Awadhi (65,000)
  Dhundari (52,000)
  Kanauji (40,000)
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 of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.56 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.44 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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