Tarkhan (Sikh traditions) in India

The Tarkhan (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Tarkhan people are carpenters. Among South Asian peoples, they have low status, but they are far from being very low. Their status is "Other Backward Castes," which indicates middle status. Most live in the Punjabi speaking regions of India, but some live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today some Tarkhans dominate India’s construction industry. Other members of this people group have gone into India’s military. In 1971, Sikh Tarkhan soldiers and officers won a key battle in the war against Pakistan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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?

The Tarkhan 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 the good news to be clearly made expressed to the Tarkhan people. Pray for those who respond to be used by God to tell their friends and families about the salvation available in the carpenter who became the risen lord and king. Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Tarkhan people in India that will lead them to the cross.


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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-24
People Name General Tarkhan (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Tarkhan (Sikh traditions)
Pronunciation TAR-kin
Population this Country 1,228,000
Population all Countries 1,228,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 25
Alternate Names Badi; Barhai; Barhi; Bari; Darkhan; Dhaman; Karigar; Kharadi; Khati; Khatri; Mistri; Ramgarhia; Ramghadiya; Ranghadia; Takhan; Tarakkan; Tarkhan; Tarkihar; Thirkhan; Tikhan; तर्खान (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18177
ROP3 Code 113689
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 29
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
968,000
Haryana
67,000
Rajasthan
44,000
Uttar Pradesh
37,000
Delhi
34,000
Uttarakhand
19,000
Maharashtra
14,000
Jammu and Kashmir
11,000
Madhya Pradesh
8,200
Chandigarh
6,000
Jharkhand
3,100
Chhattisgarh
2,900
West Bengal
2,600
Gujarat
2,400
Himachal Pradesh
2,300
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 29  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab 968,000
  Haryana 67,000
  Rajasthan 44,000
  Uttar Pradesh 37,000
  Delhi 34,000
  Uttarakhand 19,000
  Maharashtra 14,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 11,000
  Madhya Pradesh 8,200
  Chandigarh 6,000
  Jharkhand 3,100
  Chhattisgarh 2,900
  West Bengal 2,600
  Gujarat 2,400
  Himachal Pradesh 2,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (885,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
130,000
Bagri
25,000
Haryanvi
5,400
Dogri
900
Marwari
900
Garhwali
600
Kumaoni
500
Kashmiri
200
Awadhi
200
Shekhawati
200
Kangri
200
Pahari, Mahasu
90
Gujarati
80
Chhattisgarhi
80
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch
60
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (885,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 130,000
  Bagri 25,000
  Haryanvi 5,400
  Dogri 900
  Marwari 900
  Garhwali 600
  Kumaoni 500
  Kashmiri 200
  Awadhi 200
  Shekhawati 200
  Kangri 200
  Pahari, Mahasu 90
  Gujarati 80
  Chhattisgarhi 80
  Pahari-Potwari: Poonch 60
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  (1818-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Zúme Training
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Eastern
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.
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more