Bania in Nepal






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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
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aggarwal, Agrawal, Arayia Vaisya, Arya Vaisya, Arya Vysya, Balija, Bandekara, Bania, 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:
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (38,000) Lumbini (29,000) Janakpur (20,000) Kosi (17,000)
Bheri (13,000) Sagarmatha (10,000) Bagmati (9,100) Mechi (8,000)
Rapti (6,900) Seti (2,800) Mahakali (1,300) Gandaki (1,000)
Dhawalagiri (400) Karnali (10)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (38,000) Lumbini (29,000)
Janakpur (20,000) Kosi (17,000)
Bheri (13,000) Sagarmatha (10,000)
Bagmati (9,100) Mechi (8,000)
Rapti (6,900) Seti (2,800)
Mahakali (1,300) Gandaki (1,000)
Dhawalagiri (400) Karnali (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (55,000) Bhojpuri (26,000) Maithili (24,000) Marwari (22,000)
Nepali (19,000) Awadhi (7,100) Sindhi (1,500) Magar, Eastern (500)
Bengali (300) Rajbanshi (90) English (50) Kumaoni (40)
Gujarati (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 55,000 Bhojpuri 26,000
Maithili 24,000 Marwari 22,000
Nepali 19,000 Awadhi 7,100
Sindhi 1,500 Magar, Eastern 500
Bengali 300 Rajbanshi 90
English 50 Kumaoni 40
Gujarati 30
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible

Major Religion Percent
0.19 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.23 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.36 %
0.19 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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