Karal (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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Largest Religion
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Karal or Karral or Sardar are a people who originally came from southern Afghanistan. They claim to be descendants of a shah whose ancestor was Alexander the Great. Their name Karal means chief or ruler. They are proud of their military history and fight to keep their land independent from conquest. The Karal assert they are are Rajputs and members of the Kshatriya caste. With the coming of the Muslims to north India, some Karal converted to Islam while others continued to be Hindus. The Karal lives in the Indian states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Others live in the capital territory of Delhi. A small number live in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most Karal are farmers. The lives of the Karal revolve around the wet and dry seasons of the Indian subcontinent as well as the yearly Hindu holidays. They plant wheat, vegetables and fruit. They also raise animals for meat and dairy. They are not vegetarians. They eat meat except for beef. Some Karal own their land while others are landless and work for landowners. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit the property of their fathers. The Karal marry both within their group and with other similar peoples such as the Ghakkar, the Dhunds and the Saiyads. As Hindus, they are somewhat marginalized in Muslim dominated Pakistan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Karals practice Hinduism, the ancient religion and culture of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples to offer flowers, food and incense to their gods. The Karal celebrate the major holidays of the Hindu year such as Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of light and Navratri, the nine-day observance of coming of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Karal need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to realize that the Hindu gods will not save them from their sins. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out before them.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord sends Christ followers to share the gospel and love of Jesus Christ with the Karal people. Pray the Lord softens the hearts of the Karal so that they would be open to hearing the claims of Christ. Pray that Hindi Bibles would be made available to the Karal and that they would begin to read them and learn about the Savior. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to spread throughout Karal communities both in India and Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Karal (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Karal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Karal (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 300
Population all Countries 12,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karral; कराल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17092
ROP3 Code 112432
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Punjab 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (300 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (300 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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 DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Return Create International
Film / Video The Return Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more