Bania, Dhusar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Dhusar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The name of the Dhusar people group comes from a legend about a woman being troubled by the devil. As the story goes, the woman went to Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, to tell him about this problem. She wept as she spoke to him. As she wept, a river miraculously appeared, and Brahma named the river Vasudhara. The Dhusars derive their name from Vasudhara because they live along the banks of the Vasudhara River.

What Are Their Beliefs?

While the tale of the weeping woman is just fiction, it holds some parallels to the spiritual condition of the Dhusar Bania people. They are, in fact, troubled by the devil. As Hindus, they worship many false gods and are blinded to the truth of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to lead the Dhusar out from the dominion of darkness, into the light of His Son.
* Pray for many Dhusar people to believe in Jesus Christ and for rivers of living water to flow from within them.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-07
Video Links:
A Pilgrimage
People Name General Bania, Dhusar
People Name in Country Bania, Dhusar
Population in India 202,000
World Population 202,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhargava, Dhusar, Dhusar Banias, Dusar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Dhusar
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19696
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:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (146,000) Rajasthan (24,000) Gujarat (7,700) Haryana (7,300)
Madhya Pradesh (6,100) Maharashtra (6,000) Delhi (3,100) Uttarakhand (800)
Chhattisgarh (300)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (146,000) Rajasthan (24,000)
Gujarat (7,700) Haryana (7,300)
Madhya Pradesh (6,100) Maharashtra (6,000)
Delhi (3,100) Uttarakhand (800)
Chhattisgarh (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (139,000) Kanauji (20,000) Awadhi (9,300) Gujarati (8,200)
Marwari (7,400) Dhundari (4,600) Marathi (3,000) Bundeli (1,800)
Mewari (1,500) Shekhawati (1,100) Bhojpuri (1,000) Merwari (700)
Haryanvi (500) Braj Bhasha (200) Chhattisgarhi (70) Kumaoni (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 139,000 Kanauji 20,000
Awadhi 9,300 Gujarati 8,200
Marwari 7,400 Dhundari 4,600
Marathi 3,000 Bundeli 1,800
Mewari 1,500 Shekhawati 1,100
Bhojpuri 1,000 Merwari 700
Haryanvi 500 Braj Bhasha 200
Chhattisgarhi 70 Kumaoni 20
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 %
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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 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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