Gujar (Sikh traditions) in India

The Gujar (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Chachrauli 200
Pehowa Unknown

Introduction / History

No one knows where the Gujars came from. Some experts believe they are an offshoot of the Khazar people of Central Asia. Others believe they are an offshoot of the Huns that invaded India centuries ago. The Gujars had always been fierce warriors, especially those who converted to the Sikh religion. They once ruled a large part of India. The western state of Gujarat was named after them.

The Gujars took part in the 1857 mutiny that nearly drove the British out of India, and they nearly made that rebellion succeed. After the mutiny, the British colonialists labeled them a "criminal tribe."


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gujars were all Hindus at one time, but later some of them converted to Islam or Sikhism.

Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.

One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.

There are roughly the same number of Sikhs as there are Jews in the world, but Sikhs are most concentrated in Punjab, their homeland. However, you will find smaller numbers of Sikhs all over the world. Many of the best Indian restaurants in the West are owned and operated by Sikhs.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all other peoples of the world, the Gujars needs the blessings and guidance that only Jesus Christ can offer.


Prayer Points

May this people group realize that Jesus Christ is the only true source of salvation and abundant life.

Pray for the start of culturally sensitive gospel TV and radio broadcasts in languages that the Gujar people can understand.

May God raise up faithful and loving workers to reach out to this people group until they have their own movement to Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Gujar (Sikh traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-28
People Name General Gujar (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Gujar (Sikh traditions)
Pronunciation GOO-jar
Population this Country 55,000
Population all Countries 55,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chaudhari; Gujar; Gurjar; गुजर (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18078
ROP3 Code 113579
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 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
31,000
Haryana
12,000
Jammu and Kashmir
2,800
Uttar Pradesh
1,700
Rajasthan
1,400
Delhi
1,100
Uttarakhand
900
Himachal Pradesh
900
Madhya Pradesh
700
Chhattisgarh
400
Maharashtra
400
Gujarat
300
Chandigarh
200
West Bengal
200
Jharkhand
100
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 18
  Punjab 31,000
  Haryana 12,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 2,800
  Uttar Pradesh 1,700
  Rajasthan 1,400
  Delhi 1,100
  Uttarakhand 900
  Himachal Pradesh 900
  Madhya Pradesh 700
  Chhattisgarh 400
  Maharashtra 400
  Gujarat 300
  Chandigarh 200
  West Bengal 200
  Jharkhand 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (39,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Hindi
5,700
Haryanvi
900
Kangri
200
Bagri
100
Mewari
70
Dogri
60
Kumaoni
40
Garhwali
30
Marwari
30
Bilaspuri
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (39,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 5,700
  Haryanvi 900
  Kangri 200
  Bagri 100
  Mewari 70
  Dogri 60
  Kumaoni 40
  Garhwali 30
  Marwari 30
  Bilaspuri 10
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2021)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
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 Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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 Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Eastern YouVersion Bibles
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