Bania, Khandelwal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Khandelwal only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Picture a large shopping center and replace the stores with Hindu temples. This describes the complex known as "Khandea Dham." This complex is filled with a variety of gorgeous temples. The Khandelwal Banias who do not live in this area make pilgrimages to Khandea Dham. For these devout Hindus the pilgrimage is supposed to bring them closer to their gods.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Khandelwal Banias are known for their community involvement as business people. They faithfully support members of their own caste. If a Khandelwal man is in financial trouble, members of his community usually provide funds to help him start his business again.
In history we read that the word Bania derives from the Banyan tree. Under the Banyan tree the Khandelwal people once sat and discussed business. Today they no longer sit under the Banyan tree; instead they carry out business in corporate buildings. In the business world they add a monetary percentage to all they sell. The amount is given to a public fund that assists in providing for the construction or maintenance of Hindu temples.

Prayer Points

* Pray for God to send business people who love Jesus to work with the Khandelwals.
* Pray that they will build relationships with the Khandelwals that give them the opportunity to share Jesus Christ with these faithful Hindus.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-12
Video Links:
A Pilgrimage
People Name General Bania, Khandelwal
People Name in Country Bania, Khandelwal
Population in India 99,000
World Population 99,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bania, Bartanwala, Kesarwani Baniya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Khandelwal
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19704
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:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (49,000) Uttar Pradesh (26,000) Madhya Pradesh (8,300) Maharashtra (4,900)
West Bengal (4,600) Gujarat (2,900) Delhi (900) Assam (900)
Odisha (600) Punjab (400) Telangana (200) Uttarakhand (100)
Jammu and Kashmir (60)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (49,000) Uttar Pradesh (26,000)
Madhya Pradesh (8,300) Maharashtra (4,900)
West Bengal (4,600) Gujarat (2,900)
Delhi (900) Assam (900)
Odisha (600) Punjab (400)
Telangana (200) Uttarakhand (100)
Jammu and Kashmir (60)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (50,000) Marwari (19,000) Dhundari (16,000) Shekhawati (3,900)
Marathi (1,800) Gujarati (1,600) Bengali (900) Kanauji (800)
Merwari (700) Konkani (600) Kachchi (500) Awadhi (200)
Mewari (200) Bundeli (200) Braj Bhasha (200) Bagri (100)
Dogri (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 50,000 Marwari 19,000
Dhundari 16,000 Shekhawati 3,900
Marathi 1,800 Gujarati 1,600
Bengali 900 Kanauji 800
Merwari 700 Konkani 600
Kachchi 500 Awadhi 200
Mewari 200 Bundeli 200
Braj Bhasha 200 Bagri 100
Dogri 40
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 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
59.41 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
40.59 %
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 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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