Sunri Kalwar in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kalwar people were traditionally distillers of alcohol. There is no clarity as to how this community developed.

Most live in India, specifically West Bengal, but a smaller number is in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some of the Sunri Kalwar still produce and sell alcoholic beverages. It is a stigma both to Muslims and Hindus, so they have low status.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sunri Kalwar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sunri Kalwar people need the Holy Spirit to direct them into a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for Sunri Kalwar culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Sunri Kalwar people.

Pray that soon the Sunri Kalwar people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Kalwar Sunri in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kalwar Sunri
People Name in Country Kalwar Sunri
Natural Name Sunri Kalwar
Alternate Names
Population this Country 703,000
Population all Countries 714,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 14
People ID 21766
ROP3 Code 118553
ROP25 Code 303562
ROP25 Name Kalwar
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 7
Largest States
Bihar
475,000
Jharkhand
205,000
West Bengal
18,000
Odisha
3,800
Sikkim
500
Andaman and Nicobar
90
Meghalaya
40
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Bihar 475,000
  Jharkhand 205,000
  West Bengal 18,000
  Odisha 3,800
  Sikkim 500
  Andaman and Nicobar 90
  Meghalaya 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (355,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
93,000
Maithili
70,000
Bengali
44,000
Magahi
36,000
Odia
2,100
Angika
1,700
Sadri
500
Telugu
30
Primary Language Hindi (355,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 93,000
  Maithili 70,000
  Bengali 44,000
  Magahi 36,000
  Odia 2,100
  Angika 1,700
  Sadri 500
  Telugu 30
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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