Bania, Khedayata in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Khedayata only in India

Population

65,300

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

It was either the hot and humid air of Mumbai or the anxiety of being in a crowded hospital waiting room that caused big beads of perspiration to form on Damayanti's furrowed brow. She wiped her face with the palu of her saree, while her husband, Krishna nodded off beside her.
Damayanti and Krishna had arrived in Mumbai the previous day from their small town in northern Gujarat. They didn't have much time to settle in; they had to go to the hospital the very next day so that Krishna could get needed medical treatment. They were staying at Shree Khadayata Bhavan Mandal, the boarding facility established by their Khadayata Bania community. They were most grateful for this facility which gave them a place to stay in the crowded city.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Khadayatas are one of the sub groups of Gujarati speaking Banias. Their original family is said to have stemmed from the village of Khadat. In the early part of the previous century they organized themselves into a community that pooled their resources and strove for the betterment of their people. This included making scholarships available for poor students, building boarding facilities in large cities, and sometimes even taking care of the sick financially.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Khadayata people, who hold on dearly to their roots no matter where they live, will encounter God in a way so real that they will be able to turn to Him with all their hearts.

References

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



People Name General Bania, Khedayata
People Name in Country Bania, Khedayata
Population in India 65,300
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Vani, Vania
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Khedayata
Ethnic Code CNN25
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati (56,000) Hindi (7,900) Kachchi (1,400) Marathi (800)
Khandesi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 56,000 Hindi 7,900
Kachchi 1,400 Marathi 800
Khandesi 50
Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.40%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.60%
Unknown
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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