Bania, Mahajan in India



Population

344,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


A Pilgrimage

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Introduction / History

Their name is Mahajan, a Bania subgroup of north India, meaning "great people." Maha means "great" and jan means "people." Most of the 322,000 Mahajans come from present-day Rajasthan. Historically, they are a people who fled into the foothills of the Himalayas during the Mogul Era to escape from cruel Islamic rulers. Most Mahajans today speak Hindi, but Marathi, Punjabi, and Dogri are also spoken among them.


Where Are they Located?

Though they are most commonly found in Rajasthan, Mahajans live throughout India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The name Mahajan is found among castes outside the Bania fold. In some states Mahajan is not used as a family name, but as a title. For others, Mahajan means "elder." In all cases, high status and often high caste comes with the Mahajan name.
An economically and socially powerful people, they are highly respected by Hindu society. In the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Maharashtra, Mahajans work as landlords, traders, and businessmen. Ironically, few Mahajans are involved in money lending, a primary job of Banias.


Prayer Points

* Ask the heavenly Father to connect the Hindu Mahajans with Christ followers.
* Pray that they will realize that their power and prestige can only bring peace and joy if they have a personal relationship with their real Creator, the one true living God.
* Pray that they would have a desire to serve and respect Him as Lord of their lives and of their business practices.

References

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


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-25
People Name General Bania, Mahajan
People Name in Country Bania, Mahajan
Population in India 344,000
World Population 346,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mahajan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Mahajan
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19711
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:  25  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (41,000) Uttar Pradesh (35,000) Gujarat (24,000) Maharashtra (16,000)
West Bengal (16,000) Andhra Pradesh (16,000) Assam (13,000) Jammu and Kashmir (6,100)
Telangana (6,000) Madhya Pradesh (5,800) Delhi (4,000) Uttarakhand (3,900)
Odisha (2,500) Punjab (1,800) Haryana (1,600) Tamil Nadu (1,600)
Tripura (1,300) Jharkhand (1,200) Chhattisgarh (500) Kerala (300)
Total States on file:  25  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (41,000) Uttar Pradesh (35,000)
Gujarat (24,000) Maharashtra (16,000)
West Bengal (16,000) Andhra Pradesh (16,000)
Assam (13,000) Jammu and Kashmir (6,100)
Telangana (6,000) Madhya Pradesh (5,800)
Delhi (4,000) Uttarakhand (3,900)
Odisha (2,500) Punjab (1,800)
Haryana (1,600) Tamil Nadu (1,600)
Tripura (1,300) Jharkhand (1,200)
Chhattisgarh (500) Kerala (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  24  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (101,000) Marwari (27,000) Gujarati (23,000) Dhundari (9,800)
Marathi (8,800) Telugu (7,200) Bengali (5,000) Assamese (3,700)
Mewari (2,300) Bhojpuri (2,100) Shekhawati (2,100) Merwari (1,300)
Dogri (1,300) Saurashtra (1,000) Kanauji (600) Bagri (600)
Konkani (400) Awadhi (400) Panjabi, Eastern (300) Chhattisgarhi (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 101,000 Marwari 27,000
Gujarati 23,000 Dhundari 9,800
Marathi 8,800 Telugu 7,200
Bengali 5,000 Assamese 3,700
Mewari 2,300 Bhojpuri 2,100
Shekhawati 2,100 Merwari 1,300
Dogri 1,300 Saurashtra 1,000
Kanauji 600 Bagri 600
Konkani 400 Awadhi 400
Panjabi, Eastern 300 Chhattisgarhi 200

For Main Lanugage: 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) 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
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
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 
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