Bania, Lad in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Lad only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

"I am ruined!" said Rahul, a money-lending businessman of the Lad community of Gujarat, as he buried his head in his palm. Neetu, his young bride, stood in the background, as his father bellowed, "How can you lend such large sums of money to a scoundrel like Kataria?" "What are we going to do?" whimpered Rahul's mother as she covered her head with her saree palu that kept slipping to her shoulder. Neetu's heart ached for Rahul, who looked more desperate than she had ever seen him. She knew that she couldn't say a thing, primarily because her father-in-law yelled and stopped only to take in quick gasps of breath, and also because it was considered unbecoming for a young daughter-in-law to interject when an older member of the family was speaking.
Later that evening when Rahul and Neetu had a quiet moment alone, she told him that she remembered something that she had learned in the Christian boarding school where she once studied. "Whenever we told the nuns how disconcerted we were because of an upcoming exam, she would say, "Ask and you will receive," and then she would pray for us. Maybe we should do just that."

Prayer Points

Pray that all hardships faced by the Lad people will prepare their hearts to seek and find the Lord. Pray that the Lord will prepare missionaries to work among the Lad Banias.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-15
People Name General Bania, Lad
People Name in Country Bania, Lad
Population in India 134,000
World Population 134,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ambali, Khasie Lad, Koli Lad, Lad, Lad Bania, Lad Vania, Ladar, Ladia, Ladik, Ladik. Ladar, Ladsi, Ladsi Bunkar, Lajjhad, Theley Lad, Yellegar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Lad
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19708
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (53,000) Maharashtra (53,000) Rajasthan (11,000) Madhya Pradesh (10,000)
Telangana (3,800) Delhi (1,900) Chhattisgarh (100)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (53,000) Maharashtra (53,000)
Rajasthan (11,000) Madhya Pradesh (10,000)
Telangana (3,800) Delhi (1,900)
Chhattisgarh (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (64,000) Hindi (34,000) Marathi (13,000) Konkani (5,000)
Khandesi (4,600) Marwari (3,800) Dhundari (3,400) Telugu (2,400)
Ahirani (1,200) Mewari (600) Nimadi (400) Bundeli (70)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 64,000 Hindi 34,000
Marathi 13,000 Konkani 5,000
Khandesi 4,600 Marwari 3,800
Dhundari 3,400 Telugu 2,400
Ahirani 1,200 Mewari 600
Nimadi 400 Bundeli 70
For Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
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
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
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
Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.84 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
3.16 %
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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