Bania, Mahajan in Nepal



Population

780

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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)


People Name General Bania, Mahajan
People Name in Country Bania, Mahajan
Population in Nepal 800
World Population 347,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown 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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kosi (900)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kosi (900)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (800) Hindi (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 800 Hindi 100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Scripture Earth Online Printed Bible
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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