Nai (Sikh traditions) in India

The Nai (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: 19 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Sribastab 1,112,000
Bhandari 281,000
Kanaujia 217,000
Gole 214,000
Nayinda 121,000
Banbheru 118,000
Umre 44,000
Ahir Khandeshi 28,000
Sainbhagat 28,000
Konkani Shinde 21,000

Introduction / History

The word "Nai" means a barber. The traditional occupation of the Nai Sikh was hair cutting. Nai Sikh is a respected caste in Punjab. Today most of the Nai Sikh of this caste are no longer barbers. They are doctors, engineers, farmers, teachers, drivers, businesspersons, and government workers. They are a hard-working, disciplined people. Most of the Nai Sikhs live in the north Indian state of Punjab. Smaller groups also live throughout India and in countries like USA, England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The primary language of the Nai Sikh is Eastern Punjabi. Many also speak Hindi and English. There are no known believers among the Nai Sikh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nai Sikh live in rural villages as well as in urban areas. They are on friendly terms with the Jat, Tarkhan, Jheer, and Kumhar communities. All of these participate in each other's important events like marriages, funerals and birthdays. The Sikhs are one of the most educated and prosperous religious communities in India. The Nia Sikh marry within their group. Families arrange marriages with the input of the young people. Sons inherit the property of their father. Newly wedded couples often live near or with the groom's parents. A caste council promotes their interests and deals with outsiders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev. He rejected the Hindu caste system. Nanak taught 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. A Sikh is not permitted to use alcohol, tobacco or any illegal drugs. 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Nai people need to hear and understand the good news of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life. The Nai Sikh need to understand that following Christ will not destroy their Sikh culture and customs.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nai (Sikh traditions) in India.

Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Nai Sikh that will lead them to the God of the Bible. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless among Nai Sikh people this decade. Ask the Lord to send Sikh background believers to the Nai to tell them about Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nai (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Nai (Sikh traditions)
Population this Country 328,000
Population all Countries 328,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Aduthon; Amrewal; Arayavati; Awadhia; Bammeru; Banbiro; Banvaru; Bhandari; Dhanwal; Didhia; Ghaijo; Hajam; Hajjam; Hazam; Jadowal; Jallan; Juvwa; Kaikan; Kaila; Kaith; Kalseru Navaliga; Kanaujia; Karagar; Kawa; Kelashi; Kelasi; Kelasi Mhali; Khalasi; Khalipha; Khawas; Khurakar; Kshaurak; Kuleen; Kuleen Brahman; Kuleen Brahmin; Mangala; Matkos; Matwal; Nabhik; Nadig; Naia; Naiya; Naland; Napit; Narasundar; Navaliga; Navid; Naya; Nayeebrahman; Nayinda; Nhavi; Niaria; Osta; Panwar; Paramanik; Raja; Rajaji; Rajwan; Sanmukh; Sen Samaj; Shil; Thakur; Ustadji; Valand; Valand Nadig; Varik; Vavdichaksi; नई (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18137
ROP3 Code 113644
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Sikh - other
People Group Nai (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 19 (only 15 largest shown)
  Sribastab 1,112,000
  Bhandari 281,000
  Kanaujia 217,000
  Gole 214,000
  Nayinda 121,000
  Banbheru 118,000
  Umre 44,000
  Ahir Khandeshi 28,000
  Sainbhagat 28,000
  Konkani Shinde 21,000
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 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
260,000
Haryana
22,000
Rajasthan
8,900
Uttar Pradesh
8,700
Delhi
8,500
Maharashtra
3,700
Uttarakhand
3,700
Madhya Pradesh
2,500
Jammu and Kashmir
2,000
Chandigarh
1,400
Chhattisgarh
1,000
Jharkhand
900
Gujarat
900
Himachal Pradesh
800
Bihar
700
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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab 260,000
  Haryana 22,000
  Rajasthan 8,900
  Uttar Pradesh 8,700
  Delhi 8,500
  Maharashtra 3,700
  Uttarakhand 3,700
  Madhya Pradesh 2,500
  Jammu and Kashmir 2,000
  Chandigarh 1,400
  Chhattisgarh 1,000
  Jharkhand 900
  Gujarat 900
  Himachal Pradesh 800
  Bihar 700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (275,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Hindi
42,000
Bagri
5,800
Haryanvi
2,100
Dogri
300
Kumaoni
200
Kangri
100
Garhwali
100
Marwari
80
Bilaspuri
30
Maithili
20
Punjabi, Western
20
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (275,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 42,000
  Bagri 5,800
  Haryanvi 2,100
  Dogri 300
  Kumaoni 200
  Kangri 100
  Garhwali 100
  Marwari 80
  Bilaspuri 30
  Maithili 20
  Punjabi, Western 20
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  (1818-2017)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Sikhism
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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