Text source: Joshua Project
Introduction / History
The term "Jimdar" came from the Persian word "gymkhana" which means "place of assembly." Their traditional role was to collect taxes and revenue for local rulers and village headmen. They are also given the names Jamadar, Jamadar, or Jumadar.
As part of the Rajput community, they have a warrior tradition and a reputation for bravery. Rajputs also have high status in India, be they Hindu, Sikh or Muslim.
What are their lives like?
Today the Jimdar people are usually farmers, businessmen or traders. They are a prosperous community in India.
What are their beliefs?
The Jimdar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.
What are their needs?
The Jimdar people need to be given the chance to hear the life-changing gospel so they can enjoy life to the full.
Prayer PointsView Jimdar in all countries.
Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Jimdar people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Jimdar people to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.