Bania, Bais in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Their name means "one who occupies the soil." While that might have applied to their landownership, it could just have easily been a description of their domination of their region. The Bais come from a powerful ancient Hindu warrior caste called the Rajputs that ruled parts of South Asia for centuries. As often happened in Indian history, those who had military power also owned good farmland. For many generations the Bais have been both powerful and wealthy.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In the world's eyes the Bais find themselves much admired. They are a proud people known for their wealth and entrepreneurism. In the spiritual realm, however, the Bais are poverty stricken.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Only a very few have responded to the person of Jesus Christ. The rest continue to worship a pantheon of Hindu gods that leave them spiritually destitute.
Aside from false religion, perhaps one of the biggest obstacles keeping the Bais from knowing God is their standing in society. Like other people of high status, they find it difficult to admit their sins, surrender themselves to God, and receive His gift of salvation. Like the rich young ruler, many refuse to risk their status and wealth for eternity in Paradise.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Bais to be granted the humility necessary to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
* Ask God to thrust forth workers to this people group who can communicate the gospel in a way the Bais can clearly understand.
* Pray for the believers among the Bais to boldly share their faith.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-06
Video Links:
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People Name General Bania, Bais
People Name in Country Bania, Bais
Population in India 132,000
World Population 134,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bais, Baisaya, Baish, Baishaya, Bania, Bania Bais, Bashhi, Maheshwari, Podar, Said, Sandri, Suri, Vyas
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Bais
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19691
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (49,000) West Bengal (42,000) Odisha (28,000) Assam (9,700)
Jharkhand (3,400) Tripura (500) Andaman and Nicobar (200) Haryana (40)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (49,000) West Bengal (42,000)
Odisha (28,000) Assam (9,700)
Jharkhand (3,400) Tripura (500)
Andaman and Nicobar (200) Haryana (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (54,000) Bengali (43,000) Oriya (16,000) Maithili (14,000)
Assamese (3,700) Bhojpuri (100) Chhattisgarhi (60)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 54,000 Bengali 43,000
Oriya 16,000 Maithili 14,000
Assamese 3,700 Bhojpuri 100
Chhattisgarhi 60
For Primary Language: 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, JF Project) 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
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

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