Bania, Agarwal in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


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.


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 Nepal 21,000
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (7,100) Narayani (3,500) Bheri (2,700) Bagmati (1,800)
Kosi (1,400) Janakpur (1,300) Sagarmatha (1,200) Rapti (1,000)
Mechi (900) Seti (600) Mahakali (100) Dhawalagiri (60)
Gandaki (50)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (7,100) Narayani (3,500)
Bheri (2,700) Bagmati (1,800)
Kosi (1,400) Janakpur (1,300)
Sagarmatha (1,200) Rapti (1,000)
Mechi (900) Seti (600)
Mahakali (100) Dhawalagiri (60)
Gandaki (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (6,900) Marwari (4,300) Bhojpuri (4,100) Maithili (3,100)
Nepali (2,800) Awadhi (1,100) Sindhi (500) Magahi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 6,900 Marwari 4,300
Bhojpuri 4,100 Maithili 3,100
Nepali 2,800 Awadhi 1,100
Sindhi 500 Magahi 50

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
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.23 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
3.77 %
0.00 %

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