Bania, Agarwal in India

Population

4,939,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


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)



People Name General Bania, Agarwal
People Name in Country Bania, Agarwal
Population in India 4,939,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agrabalia, Arya, Arya Vysya, Chetti, Gupta, Jain, Komati, Marwadi, Vaisya Agarwal, Vysya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Agarwal
Ethnic Code CNN25
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (2,582,000) Marwari (633,000) Gujarati (308,000) Telugu (226,000)
Sindhi (224,000) Dhundari (176,000) Bengali (102,000) 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 2,582,000 Marwari 633,000
Gujarati 308,000 Telugu 226,000
Sindhi 224,000 Dhundari 176,000
Bengali 102,000 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
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category 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
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-23

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 %
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