Kabirpanthi in India

The Kabirpanthi 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.

Introduction / History

The Kabirpanthi means “the path of Kabir”, a guru who lived in the 15th century in north India. Kabir’s oral teachings were written down after his death. Kabir wanted to find a unity between Hinduism and Islam. He was born into a clan of Muslim Sufi weavers. Kabir did not want Hindus to leave their religion but taught that they should not worship idols. He criticized the caste system and believed that all people were equal. Most Kabirpanthi have a low level of literacy, which hinders their economic advance in Indian society.

Most speak Eastern Punjab and Hindi. Many Christian resources exist in both languages including complete Bibles and the JESUS Film.


Where Are they Located?

Most Kabirpanthi live in the north Indian states Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Modern factories make cloth more efficiently and cheaply than the traditional handlooms of the Kabirpanthi. As a result many of them have found other work as skilled and unskilled laborers. Some have opened shops while others work in construction and forestry. Some work as landless farm workers. The Kabirpanthi are Shudras, the fourth worker caste of Hinduism. They are eligible for reserved public jobs and special university admissions. Some Kabirpanthi have become educated and work as professionals and businesspersons in cities.

The Kabirpanthi marry within their clans. The bride’s family pay a dowry to the groom’s family to help set up the household of the new family. Families arrange marriages with the newly married couple living with or near the groom’s parents. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming head of the family after his father’s death.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there are some Sikhs among them, the large majority of the Kabirpanthi deem themselves to be Hindus. They give special devotion to Vishnu, the preserver god. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kabirpanthi 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. Kabir taught his followers not to worship idols so they should not pay homage to the physical representations of the gods.

The main yearly holidays of the Kabirpanthi people are 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.
A smaller group of Kabirpanthi is Sikh but the orthodox Sikhs will not associate with them.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kabirpanthi need help in educating their children beyond the primary level. Most Kabirpanthi have access to modern medicine and electricity in their villages. The Kabirpanthi need help in learning new job skills. Most of all, the Kabirpanthi need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kabirpanthi in India.

* Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Kabirpanthi households.
* Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His Gospel among the Kabirpanthi.
* Pray that many of the Kabirpanthi people will come to love the true God with their whole being and will walk in His ways.


References

https://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Kabir_Panthi


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kabirpanthi
People Name in Country Kabirpanthi
World Population 82,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Panka; कब्ीर्पान्थिजुगली
People ID 21144
ROP3 Code 117966
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 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
29,000
Himachal Pradesh
12,000
Rajasthan
9,500
Uttar Pradesh
8,700
Delhi
6,300
Uttarakhand
3,500
Maharashtra
2,900
Haryana
2,100
Madhya Pradesh
1,900
Jharkhand
1,500
Chhattisgarh
900
Chandigarh
800
West Bengal
700
Gujarat
300
Odisha
300
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 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab 29,000
  Himachal Pradesh 12,000
  Rajasthan 9,500
  Uttar Pradesh 8,700
  Delhi 6,300
  Uttarakhand 3,500
  Maharashtra 2,900
  Haryana 2,100
  Madhya Pradesh 1,900
  Jharkhand 1,500
  Chhattisgarh 900
  Chandigarh 800
  West Bengal 700
  Gujarat 300
  Odisha 300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (53,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
21,000
Kangri
2,800
Bagri
1,600
Bilaspuri
1,500
Mandeali
1,400
Pahari, Mahasu
800
Kumaoni
500
Marwari
300
Garhwali
200
Bhattiyali
200
Haryanvi
200
Chhattisgarhi
90
Shekhawati
80
Magahi
70
Awadhi
60
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (53,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 21,000
  Kangri 2,800
  Bagri 1,600
  Bilaspuri 1,500
  Mandeali 1,400
  Pahari, Mahasu 800
  Kumaoni 500
  Marwari 300
  Garhwali 200
  Bhattiyali 200
  Haryanvi 200
  Chhattisgarhi 90
  Shekhawati 80
  Magahi 70
  Awadhi 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  (1818-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.26 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
98.74 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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