Bania, Khandelwal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Khandelwal only in India

Population

121,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


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.

References

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



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Bania, Khandelwal
People Name in Country Bania, Khandelwal
ROP3 Code 115156
Joshua Project People ID 19704
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 121,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 51,465 Marwari 21,125 Dhundari 16,280 Shekhawati 3,890
Gujarati 3,630 Marathi 2,015 Bengali 870 Kanauji 840
Konkani 640 Kachchi 460 Awadhi 240 Mewari 200
Bundeli 200 Bai, Southern 150 Bagri 120 Dogri 40
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Khandelwal
Ethnic Code CNN25
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
59.41%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
40.59%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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