Bania, Mahajan in India

Population

342,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


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)



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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, Mahajan
People Name in Country Bania, Mahajan
ROP3 Code 115163
Joshua Project People ID 19711
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 342,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Mahajan,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 122,208 Marwari 30,588 Gujarati 24,675 Marathi 12,565
Dhundari 9,800 Telugu 8,090 Bengali 5,235 Assamese 3,680
Mewari 2,270 Bhojpuri 2,110 Shekhawati 2,050 Saurashtra 1,530
Dogri 1,290 Kanauji 610 Bagri 560 Konkani 450
Konkani, Goan 410 Awadhi 400 Panjabi, Eastern 260 Chhattisgarhi 225
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Mahajan
Ethnic Code CNN25
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  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
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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