Ghanchi (Hindu traditions) in India


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Ghanchi name has to do with oil pressing, which is their traditional work. They belong to the Kshatriya caste which gives them good status in Hindu society. Others say they are part of the Other Backward Caste category which is much lower. Most live in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, though they also live in other parts of India. In Gujarat the Ghanchi speak, read and write in Gujarati.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many work as day laborers or in small businesses. Some still work as oil pressers. They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the home. Unlike most Hindu communities, the Ghanchi people bury their dead. A community council settles their disagreements.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ghanchi people need to allow Jesus Christ to guide them in their various trials.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Ghanchi will be attracted to Jesus, read the Bible and give their lives to Jesus Christ. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will help them to begin their own church planting movement. Pray for faithful workers to go to them with the heart-transforming gospel.


Scripture Prayers for the Ghanchi (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ghanchi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Ghanchi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Gancha; Ganchi; Garancha; Ghainshi; Ghanci; Ghansi; Wansfoda; घनची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 136,000
Population all Countries 139,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 16821
ROP3 Code 112090
ROP25 Code 302542
ROP25 Name Ghanchi
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 12
Largest States
Gujarat
105,000
Maharashtra
14,000
Rajasthan
12,000
Daman and Diu
1,600
Tamil Nadu
700
Madhya Pradesh
500
Dadra and Nagar Have
400
Delhi
200
Karnataka
100
Telangana
80
West Bengal
80
Jharkhand
40
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 12
  Gujarat 105,000
  Maharashtra 14,000
  Rajasthan 12,000
  Daman and Diu 1,600
  Tamil Nadu 700
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Dadra and Nagar Have 400
  Delhi 200
  Karnataka 100
  Telangana 80
  West Bengal 80
  Jharkhand 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.73 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.22 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (92,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Hindi
10,000
Mewari
2,600
Marwari (India)
2,400
Khandesi
2,400
Marathi
1,800
Ahirani
500
Wagdi
400
Sourashtra
300
Dhundari
200
Konkani
200
Haroti
60
Primary Language Gujarati (92,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 10,000
  Mewari 2,600
  Marwari (India) 2,400
  Khandesi 2,400
  Marathi 1,800
  Ahirani 500
  Wagdi 400
  Sourashtra 300
  Dhundari 200
  Konkani 200
  Haroti 60
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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