Bania, Agrahari in India



Population

390,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

Hiralal's face turned red with rage. His son had just asked him to seek a marriage agreement with the daughter of Mr. Sandeep Gupta. Ordinarily this would have been a joyful time. He would proudly arrange the meeting and begin the process leading to a wedding.
Hiralal's family runs a successful business near Delhi. The Guptas also have their own lucrative enterprise. But Hiralal is from the Agrahari people. The Guptas are from the Agarwals. Centuries ago the two groups were joined in the same caste. At some point a disagreement arose. No one remembers the cause, but now each group avoids the other. No one seems able to bring reconciliation between the two communities.


What are Their Needs?

Any efforts to bring the message of Jesus to the Agraharis must remain sensitive to the differences between the Agrawals and the Agrahari groups. It is not enough to be sensitive to Hindu culture. The evangelist must respect the specific distinctions of the different groups.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will win some from each of these two groups and use them to bring peace and reconciliation that will draw others to the Prince of Peace.
* Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send believers from the Agrahari group to reap souls from their own people.
*Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir a hunger and thirst for a righteousness that can only come from the true God of the universe.

References

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


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-05
People Name General Bania, Agrahari
People Name in Country Bania, Agrahari
Population in India 390,000
World Population 396,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agrahari bania, Agrahari Baniya, Agrahri, Agrari
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Agrahari
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19689
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:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (247,000) West Bengal (18,000) Bihar (16,000) Assam (16,000)
Madhya Pradesh (9,100) Delhi (5,700) Uttarakhand (2,300) Chhattisgarh (2,000)
Maharashtra (1,500) Jharkhand (1,500) Tripura (1,400) Andhra Pradesh (600)
Telangana (300) Chandigarh (200) Tamil Nadu (100) Karnataka (80)
Odisha (70) Kerala (60)
Total States on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (247,000) West Bengal (18,000)
Bihar (16,000) Assam (16,000)
Madhya Pradesh (9,100) Delhi (5,700)
Uttarakhand (2,300) Chhattisgarh (2,000)
Maharashtra (1,500) Jharkhand (1,500)
Tripura (1,400) Andhra Pradesh (600)
Telangana (300) Chandigarh (200)
Tamil Nadu (100) Karnataka (80)
Odisha (70) Kerala (60)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (255,000) Bhojpuri (40,000) Bengali (9,800) Awadhi (7,500)
Assamese (5,600) Kanauji (900) Angika (800) Bundeli (700)
Bagheli (600) Chhattisgarhi (500) Marathi (400) Malvi (200)
Garhwali (100) Gujarati (100) Kumaoni (50) Konkani (30)
Telugu (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 255,000 Bhojpuri 40,000
Bengali 9,800 Awadhi 7,500
Assamese 5,600 Kanauji 900
Angika 800 Bundeli 700
Bagheli 600 Chhattisgarhi 500
Marathi 400 Malvi 200
Garhwali 100 Gujarati 100
Kumaoni 50 Konkani 30
Telugu 20
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

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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