Sonar (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
7,663,000
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 7,663,000
World Population 7,753,600
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 153
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Sonar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups on file 47
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Tetulia
32,000
Bamariya
16,000
Mahavar
16,000
Ahir
15,000
Bari
15,000
Arora
14,000
Baghelkhandi
14,000
Bundelkhandi
14,000
Madh Kshatriya
14,000
Purania
14,000
Sunar
14,000
Devanga
11,000
Tragad
9,000
Vohra
9,000
Bagri
8,500
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Sonar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 47 (only 15 largest shown)
  Tetulia 32,000
  Bamariya 16,000
  Mahavar 16,000
  Ahir 15,000
  Bari 15,000
  Arora 14,000
  Baghelkhandi 14,000
  Bundelkhandi 14,000
  Madh Kshatriya 14,000
  Purania 14,000
  Sunar 14,000
  Devanga 11,000
  Tragad 9,000
  Vohra 9,000
  Bagri 8,500
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 33
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
1,263,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,136,000
Andhra Pradesh
817,000
Bihar
742,000
Madhya Pradesh
570,000
Telangana
462,000
Rajasthan
457,000
West Bengal
381,000
Gujarat
373,000
Tamil Nadu
363,000
Karnataka
283,000
Haryana
187,000
Chhattisgarh
106,000
Punjab
93,000
Delhi
90,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 33  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 1,263,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,136,000
  Andhra Pradesh 817,000
  Bihar 742,000
  Madhya Pradesh 570,000
  Telangana 462,000
  Rajasthan 457,000
  West Bengal 381,000
  Gujarat 373,000
  Tamil Nadu 363,000
  Karnataka 283,000
  Haryana 187,000
  Chhattisgarh 106,000
  Punjab 93,000
  Delhi 90,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (2,937,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 61
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
1,216,000
Marathi
830,000
Gujarati
379,000
Bengali
328,000
Tamil
326,000
Bhojpuri
287,000
Kannada
230,000
Marwari
148,000
Punjabi, Eastern
102,000
Konkani
100,000
Chhattisgarhi
77,000
Odia
67,000
Awadhi
65,000
Dhundari
46,000
Kanauji
40,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (2,937,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 61
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 1,216,000
  Marathi 830,000
  Gujarati 379,000
  Bengali 328,000
  Tamil 326,000
  Bhojpuri 287,000
  Kannada 230,000
  Marwari 148,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 102,000
  Konkani 100,000
  Chhattisgarhi 77,000
  Odia 67,000
  Awadhi 65,000
  Dhundari 46,000
  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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 (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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.57 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.43 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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