Bania in Nepal



Population

140,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Vania people are also called Bania or Mahajan. The word Vania is derived from 'Vaniji', which means 'trader' in Sanskrit. The Vania community has gotras such as Agarwal, Dasora, Dishawal, Kapol, Nagori, Vagada, Modh and Nagar.

Many of these names are based on the names of the place they are from. The Agrawal, though they are settled mainly in North Gujarat, take their name from the Agar Town. The Jharola live in Eastern Gujarat and the come from Jalor of Rajashthan and Maharashtra. The titles used by the Vania are Shah, Shroff, Parikkh, Chokshi, Seth and Gandhi.

The Vania community consists of two religious divisions, namely Vaishnava and Jain. Most of the groups of Vania are split into Visha meaning twenty and Dasha or ten. These subdivisions are further divided into Ekda and Bagda. The Bagda mostly live in villages, while Ekda live in villages and towns. They have an organization called the Mandal to look after the temples and the community's property.

Business, trade, jewellery-making and agriculture are the traditional occupations of the Vania. Floor painting and folk songs represent the Vania's art and culture. The naming of the newborn ritual is performed by a Jangam priest by putting a thread around the infant's neck.

The Vania are Hindu by religion. They are Vaishnavite and devotees of Shrinathji. A section of them are from the Jain community. The Vania maintain intercommunity linkages with the Brahman, Valand, Soni and other communities through trade and service. The Vania in the state of Maharashtra are mostly the followers of the Lingayat Cult.

Alternate names: Bania or Mahajan.

Religion: Hindu, Jain, Lingayat Cult.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Vania people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* Pray for developmental and literacy programs among the people.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Bania
People Name in Country Bania
Population in Nepal 140,000
World Population 27,913,000
Countries 6
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aggarwal, Agrawal, Arayia Vaisya, Arya Vaisya, Arya Vysya, Balija, Bandekara, Banikya, Baniya, Baniyan, Baqal, Bhatia, Chetti, Chettiar, Gomatulu, Gujarati Vania, Gupta, Jain, Komati, Komti, Komuti, Kongu, Kshatriya, Kumti, Kumuti, Lalaji, Mahajan, Mahajan Vania, Marwadi, Mathura, Padayachi, Rajput, Sahukar, Sarak, Shetti, Shetty, Vaishya, Vaisiyal Chettiar, Vaisya, Vani, Vani Bania, Vania, Vysy, Vysya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 16318
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mechi and Narayani zones. Some in Kathmandu..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (38,000) Lumbini (27,000) Sagarmatha (22,000) Janakpur (14,000)
Bheri (13,000) Kosi (12,000) Bagmati (8,200) Rapti (6,900)
Mechi (3,800) Seti (2,800) Gandaki (1,000) Mahakali (600)
Dhawalagiri (400) Karnali (20)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (38,000) Lumbini (27,000)
Sagarmatha (22,000) Janakpur (14,000)
Bheri (13,000) Kosi (12,000)
Bagmati (8,200) Rapti (6,900)
Mechi (3,800) Seti (2,800)
Gandaki (1,000) Mahakali (600)
Dhawalagiri (400) Karnali (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (39,000) Hindi (37,000) Bhojpuri (29,000) Marwari (20,000)
Nepali (15,000) Awadhi (7,000) Sindhi (1,200) Bengali (200)
Haryanvi (80) Magar, Eastern (60) English (50) Kumaoni (40)
Gujarati (30) Rajbanshi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 39,000 Hindi 37,000
Bhojpuri 29,000 Marwari 20,000
Nepali 15,000 Awadhi 7,000
Sindhi 1,200 Bengali 200
Haryanvi 80 Magar, Eastern 60
English 50 Kumaoni 40
Gujarati 30 Rajbanshi
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.66 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.09 %
Unknown
0.11 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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