Bania, Barahseni in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Barahseni only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

"I believe I can attain new horizons in my career. I know I can take your company to the highest possible level! My scholastic achievement at the Uttar Pradesh Technical University prepared me so I can meet all your greatest demands." Abhishek, a young Barahseni entrepreneur, firmly believed what he said at his job interview for employment as a Telecommunications Manager at a large company in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Barahseni people, also known as Varshney, are well recognized as prestigious businessmen, bankers, prominent landowners, professionals and civil service workers who live primarily in Uttar Pradesh. They have taken their skills to several other parts of the world where many of them are financially very successful. They also are known to make generous contributions to charity.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their Hindu heritage is connected to Akrura who is described as the commander in chief of the Varshney dynasty and a great devotee of Lord Krishna, an important Hindu god who is portrayed as youthful with supreme powers. There are almost no followers of Christ among these highly successful people.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will bring committed believers to open the eyes and ears of the Barahseni people so that they can learn about the wisdom, truth, and love found in the person of Jesus Christ.
* Pray that they will desire to serve the true God who has given them many gifts.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-08
Video Links:
A Pilgrimage
People Name General Bania, Barahseni
People Name in Country Bania, Barahseni
Population in India 113,000
World Population 113,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Barahseni
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19692
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (113,000) Uttarakhand (200)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (113,000) Uttarakhand (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (80,000) Braj Bhasha (22,000) Awadhi (7,000) Kanauji (2,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 80,000 Braj Bhasha 22,000
Awadhi 7,000 Kanauji 2,100
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
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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