Saryara (Hindu traditions) in India

Saryara (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Saryara (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 16,000
World Population: 16,000
Primary Language: Dogri
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Most Saryara people of India are Hindus by faith. A small group of the Saryara converted to Islam during the Mughal Period. The Saryara claim Rajput status. Yet at the same time, the Saryara have been granted a Scheduled Caste designation. This allows them guaranteed public jobs and special university admission.

The primary language of the Hindu Saryara is Dogri. Many also speak Hindi, which allows them to communicate with millions of Indians. A New Testament became available in Dogri in 2017.

Where Are they Located?

This Hindu people group lives in Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Punjab, all states in northern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Saryara were traditionally a community of agricultural laborers, and many are still involved in their traditional occupation. Many more are now employed in the construction industry.

The Hindu Saryara marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages. Monogamy, marriage to one spouse, is the norm. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. Most Saryara live in multi-caste villages in their own sections. Illiteracy is a problem for the Saryara especially for their women.

The main foods of the Saryara are wheat, lentils, vegetables, maize and dairy products. As Hindus, they will not eat beef.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Saryara people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Saryara need good schools for their children. They need access to modern medicine. They would benefit by learning new job skills. Most of all, they need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Saryara people.
* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Saryara families and communities within this people group through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His name.
* Pray for God's blessing on the leaders in this people group, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God's blessing.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Saryara people leading them to love Him with their whole being.

Text Source:   Keith Carey