Bania, Komti in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Komti only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Laptops and stock market quotes are not what might typically come to mind when you think of India; but India's economy is changing very rapidly, making such things common in today's world. India's rapidly growing economy leans heavily on Bania communities like the Komtes. For centuries, the Komte Banias have enjoyed a monopoly in trade and business, thanks to their caste. They are one of the many money lending Bania subgroups. There are also many shopkeepers and sellers of dry goods among them. If you were a Bania and fell upon hard financial times, you would be provided for to a certain extent by your fellow Komtes. Beggars are very rare among any Bania group, including the Komtes.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Komtes are bound together by a strong sense of caste devotion. Komte men settle disputes at meetings rather than allow disputes to fester. Smaller offences are punished with fines; more serious ones are referred to their religious leader who has the authority to banish people from the caste, if necessary.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Komte Banias are some of the least reached people in India. There are very few of them known to be followers of Jesus.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the rapid changes that have come to India will give the Komte Banias a chance to hear about Christ.
* Pray that they will not see biblical Christianity as a Western religion, but as a relationship with Jesus.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-19
People Name General Bania, Komti
People Name in Country Bania, Komti
Population in India 1,794,000
World Population 1,794,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Arya Vaisya, Chetti, Chettiar, Gomatulu, Komati, Komati. Kumut, Komti, Komuti, Kumti, Kumut, Shetti, Shetty, Vaisiyal Chettiar, Vaisya, Vani, Vani, Chetti, Vani. Chetti, Vania, Vysya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Komti
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19707
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (1,158,000) Telangana (517,000) Maharashtra (42,000) Karnataka (33,000)
Tamil Nadu (29,000) Odisha (10,000) Goa (2,200) Chhattisgarh (1,500)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (1,158,000) Telangana (517,000)
Maharashtra (42,000) Karnataka (33,000)
Tamil Nadu (29,000) Odisha (10,000)
Goa (2,200) Chhattisgarh (1,500)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (1,699,000) Kannada (18,000) Konkani, Goan (1,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 1,699,000 Kannada 18,000
Konkani, Goan 1,500
For Primary Language: Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Telugu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Telugu Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.54 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.46 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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