Bania, Agarwal in India



Population

4,939,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


A Pilgrimage

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Introduction / History

A brilliant smile and dancing eyes told of a joy we only find in those who love the Lord Jesus. With a degree in library science, this man serves his seminary as head librarian. He told me to just call him Bansal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bansal is one of the more common names among the Agarwal people group. Bansal is one of a tiny minority of Agarwals who have come to Christ. Almost all Agarwals still consider themselves to be Hindu. Like most other Bania subgroups, they work as businessmen and traders. Some have risen to become very wealthy. One is chairman of Jet Airways with a net worth of $1.9 billion.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sometimes wealthy people feel no need for God. Those who feel a need for God in a Hindu context are likely to try to fill it with Hindu rituals.
Agarwals have enough clout that they have sometimes been given the right to skirt India's laws. About 100 years ago a court case went all the way to the Indian Supreme Court that included the comment that Agarwals are known for their unwillingness to follow Hindu rules. Not much has changed. It is not that they have not heard of the gospel message. Rather, the Agarwals generally do not feel the need for Christ.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Narendra. He has started a new church to reach his Agarwal people.
* Pray that he and other Agarwal believers can demonstrate the love and character of Christ to their kinsmen.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will create a hunger in the hearts of prominent Agarwal businessmen.

References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-08
People Name General Bania, Agarwal
People Name in Country Bania, Agarwal
Population in India 4,939,000
World Population 4,983,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agarwal, Aggarwal, Agrabalia, Arya, Arya Vysya, Bania, Chetti, Gupta, Jain, Komati, Marwadi, Vaisya Agarwal, Vysya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Agarwal
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19688
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (1,144,000) Uttar Pradesh (985,000) Gujarat (386,000) Madhya Pradesh (372,000)
Andhra Pradesh (321,000) Maharashtra (310,000) Delhi (285,000) West Bengal (217,000)
Assam (163,000) Haryana (157,000) Telangana (154,000) Punjab (64,000)
Bihar (46,000) Odisha (37,000) Uttarakhand (36,000) Chhattisgarh (31,000)
Karnataka (27,000) Tamil Nadu (23,000) Tripura (20,000) Jammu and Kashmir (19,000)
Total States on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (1,144,000) Uttar Pradesh (985,000)
Gujarat (386,000) Madhya Pradesh (372,000)
Andhra Pradesh (321,000) Maharashtra (310,000)
Delhi (285,000) West Bengal (217,000)
Assam (163,000) Haryana (157,000)
Telangana (154,000) Punjab (64,000)
Bihar (46,000) Odisha (37,000)
Uttarakhand (36,000) Chhattisgarh (31,000)
Karnataka (27,000) Tamil Nadu (23,000)
Tripura (20,000) Jammu and Kashmir (19,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  43  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (2,580,000) Marwari (632,000) Gujarati (308,000) Telugu (226,000)
Sindhi (224,000) Dhundari (176,000) Bengali (103,000) Marathi (86,000)
Shekhawati (66,000) Assamese (65,000) Merwari (44,000) Bhojpuri (43,000)
Mewari (42,000) Awadhi (36,000) Kanauji (33,000) Bagri (27,000)
Konkani (18,000) Haryanvi (14,000) Panjabi, Eastern (12,000) Oriya (11,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 2,580,000 Marwari 632,000
Gujarati 308,000 Telugu 226,000
Sindhi 224,000 Dhundari 176,000
Bengali 103,000 Marathi 86,000
Shekhawati 66,000 Assamese 65,000
Merwari 44,000 Bhojpuri 43,000
Mewari 42,000 Awadhi 36,000
Kanauji 33,000 Bagri 27,000
Konkani 18,000 Haryanvi 14,000
Panjabi, Eastern 12,000 Oriya 11,000

For Main Lanugage: Hindi


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
88.75 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
11.25 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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