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Saryara (Hindu traditions) in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
19,000 Dogri Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Saryara (Hindu traditions) in India

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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.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:19,000
Largest States:
Jammu and Kashmir (19,000)Delhi (300)
Himachal Pradesh (200)Punjab (40)
Haryana (30)Uttarakhand (30)
Rajasthan (10)
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People Name in Country: Saryara (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Saryara (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
सरयारा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113532
Joshua Project People ID: 18037
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 19,000
Population all Countries: 19,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Saryara (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dogri (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dgo    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (3,500)Kashmiri (600)
Urdu (300)Punjabi, Eastern (10)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.91 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.09 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1883-1971
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Dogri
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Dogri
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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