Banjara (Muslim traditions) in India


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

Subgroups: 52 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Chauhan 91,000
Mathura 43,000
Sanar 24,000
Labana 21,000
Mukeri 15,000
Panwar 15,000
Dhalia 11,000
Agasa 10,000
Hajam 10,000
Jogi 10,000

Introduction / History

The Banjara were traditionally a nomadic community, but today they more commonly are settled and work in agricultural production. They believe that they were originally Hindu and were forcibly converted to Islam. The Muslim Banjara have twelve clans. They live in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are non-vegetarians who eat beef. They maintain cordial relations with neighboring communities and share water sources with them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. To follow Jesus is to risk upsetting community harmony, and to risk losing family and friends.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Banjara people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger that will draw the Muslim Banjara to Jesus Christ. Pray for materials to help them grow properly, such as recorded or written Scripture, and gospel films. Pray that persons and households of peace will be found among the Banjara who will catalyze movements to Jesus among their own people. Pray for the Banjara community to be able to adequately care for their families, and for widows, orphans, and elderly people to have the care and protection needed.


Scripture Prayers for the Banjara (Muslim traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banjara (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Banjara (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation bahn-JAR-ah
Population this Country 193,000
Population all Countries 295,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Badi; Bhanjara; Bhanjra; Bhojru; Brinjari; Chhakda; Chhakda Banjara; Dhali; Guwaria; Laban; Lambada; Lambana; Lambani; Paracha; Sirkiband; Wanjara; बंजारा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17482
ROP3 Code 112893
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Tribal - Banjara
People Group Banjara (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 52 (only 15 largest shown)
  Chauhan 91,000
  Mathura 43,000
  Sanar 24,000
  Labana 21,000
  Mukeri 15,000
  Panwar 15,000
  Dhalia 11,000
  Agasa 10,000
  Hajam 10,000
  Jogi 10,000
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 15
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
161,000
Uttarakhand
16,000
Haryana
4,700
Telangana
4,300
Madhya Pradesh
2,800
Gujarat
800
Andhra Pradesh
600
Maharashtra
300
Jammu and Kashmir
300
Delhi
200
Bihar
80
West Bengal
70
Punjab
20
Odisha
10
Jharkhand
10
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 15
  Uttar Pradesh 161,000
  Uttarakhand 16,000
  Haryana 4,700
  Telangana 4,300
  Madhya Pradesh 2,800
  Gujarat 800
  Andhra Pradesh 600
  Maharashtra 300
  Jammu and Kashmir 300
  Delhi 200
  Bihar 80
  West Bengal 70
  Punjab 20
  Odisha 10
  Jharkhand 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (152,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
3,600
Lambadi
3,000
Garhwali
1,400
Telugu
1,200
Hindi
600
Marwari
400
Gujarati
200
Bhojpuri
100
Bengali
50
Odia
10
Chhattisgarhi
Primary Language Urdu (152,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 3,600
  Lambadi 3,000
  Garhwali 1,400
  Telugu 1,200
  Hindi 600
  Marwari 400
  Gujarati 200
  Bhojpuri 100
  Bengali 50
  Odia 10
  Chhattisgarhi 0
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  (1843-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer Create International
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 Kingdom Rain 
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