Changgar in India


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

Introduction / History

The Changar live in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. They are among the Rajasthani people cluster. They are also known as the Chagar, Changgar, Chhanggar, or the Chungar. These Urdu speaking Muslims often come together and have a sense of group identity based on Islam, the common Urdu language, and Persian cultural tradition. Urdu is an Indian-Iranian language that comes from the Hindi language. It contains many Persian and Arabic words and is written in a Persian script. There are currently no known believers in this people. They have the Bible in their language as well as Christian radio, the gospel on audiocassettes, God's Story Video, and the JESUS Film.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Urdu speaking Muslims in northwestern India can be found in many aspects of society. Most work in agriculture and animal husbandry. The Changar are found among the poor and the rich, the educated and illiterate, landlords and religious leaders. There is no way to generalize their lifestyles. In the more rural areas, Urdu Muslims live in mud huts that have a separate living space for the women. Women are generally responsible for taking care of the home and children. Some practice purdah, which is the seclusion of women. Women often live separately from their husbands and do not go outside the home without a male family member. They are often required to cover their entire body with only a small screen around the eyes. This is done to protect the honor of both her husband and her father's family.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Changar people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Are Their Needs?

The Changgar people need to put their faith in Christ to cleanse them from their sins. Their women and girls are not allowed an education. The Changar who live in poverty would benefit by learning new job skills and access to modern medicine.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Changgar in India.

Ask the Lord to a spiritual hunger that will give the Changar people a willingness to listen to the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Changar people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Changar people to help them with their spiritual and physical needs.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Changgar
People Name in Country Changgar
Population this Country 2,700
Population all Countries 366,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chagar; Chhanggar; Chungar; चंगर
People ID 16585
ROP3 Code 111780
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 6
Largest States
Himachal Pradesh
1,400
Jammu and Kashmir
500
Punjab
400
Rajasthan
400
Haryana
20
Chandigarh
10
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 6
  Himachal Pradesh 1,400
  Jammu and Kashmir 500
  Punjab 400
  Rajasthan 400
  Haryana 20
  Chandigarh 10
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (1,100 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
600
Dogri
300
Bilaspuri
300
Marwari
200
Kangri
100
Hindi: Hindustani
Primary Language Urdu (1,100 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 600
  Dogri 300
  Bilaspuri 300
  Marwari 200
  Kangri 100
  Hindi: Hindustani 10
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2007)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Naveed Akhtar 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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