Bania, Marwadi in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

To most people, work and business holds a high priority in life. To the Marwadi Banias, business is the top priority in life. Through the centuries, the Marwadi Banias have managed to run successful businesses all over India. More recently they have begun to run international businesses. In 2005, Forbes magazine listed Marwadi individuals as making up two percent of the billionaires in the world! Along with business the Marwadis see family and unity as high priorities.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Marwadi people know how to build bridges of trust within their local business relationships. Because of this trust, they can successfully market their business ventures through word of mouth to people from all kinds of communities throughout India.
Imagine what would happen if Marwadi communities made the decision to follow Christ! This would not only impact and change the Marwadis, but as the Holy Spirit transforms them, they can be a blessing to all of India.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Marwadi elders will soon hear and respond to the Words of Christ, and that their communities will be transformed so that they will be a blessing to all they deal with.
* Pray that they will be able to put finances in their proper place.
* Pray for God to send business people who love the Lord to build relationships with these Hindus.


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

People Name General Bania, Marwadi
People Name in Country Bania, Marwadi
Population in Nepal 7,500
World Population 47,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Marwadi, Vaisya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Marwadi
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19714
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (3,200) Rapti (1,500) Bheri (1,300) Lumbini (1,000)
Mahakali (400) Seti (400) Dhawalagiri (80) Gandaki (70)
Karnali (10) Janakpur (10)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (3,200) Rapti (1,500)
Bheri (1,300) Lumbini (1,000)
Mahakali (400) Seti (400)
Dhawalagiri (80) Gandaki (70)
Karnali (10) Janakpur (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marwari (3,600) Hindi (1,600) Awadhi (1,100) Bhojpuri (400)
Nepali (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marwari 3,600 Hindi 1,600
Awadhi 1,100 Bhojpuri 400
Nepali 200

For Main Lanugage: Marwari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1815-1867)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1821)
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marwari
Film / Video Rajasthani Marwari Language Music Video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.90 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.82 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.28 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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