Bania, Modh in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Modh only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Kirti, a little Modh Bania girl, stood petrified beside her devout mother. With eyes closed, the woman chanted slokas to the Hindu deity with 18 hands. In the imagination of little Kirti, the idol took on life, and its piercing eyes seemed to follow them as her mother walked around the temple.
On their way home Kirti was a different person. Shedding her frightened demeanor, she skipped and hopped beside her mother. "Why were you not praying in the temple, Kirti?" asked her mother. Referencing the idol the little girl replied, "The face of Modheshwari Mata frightens me." "Hush! You will anger the gods, and we will encounter misfortune if you speak like that," chided her distraught mother, who herself was always on edge. She was worried that the health and well-being of her family depended on the whim of the gods.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The wealthy Modh people deal in real estate and jewelry. They once lived only in the northern part of Gujarat state in a small town called Modhera, which derived its name from the Modheshwari Mata temple and the community around it. The Modh are now dispersed throughout India and other countries.
Some of the more famous Modhs are Mohandas Ghandi, popularly known as the Mahatma Ghandi, and Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of the Reliance Conglomerate, whom Forbes identifies as one of the wealthiest men in the world.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Modh Banias would acknowledge Christ Jesus as the source of hope and provision for humanity.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-16
People Name General Bania, Modh
People Name in Country Bania, Modh
Population in India 78,000
World Population 78,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Adalja, Ghoghva, Mandalia, Soni
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Modh
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19715
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:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (58,000) Rajasthan (12,000) Maharashtra (3,900) Delhi (1,400)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) West Bengal (700) Telangana (400) Daman and Diu (80)
Punjab (80)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (58,000) Rajasthan (12,000)
Maharashtra (3,900) Delhi (1,400)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) West Bengal (700)
Telangana (400) Daman and Diu (80)
Punjab (80)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (55,000) Hindi (13,000) Dhundari (4,100) Marwari (3,700)
Marathi (900) Mewari (200) Shekhawati (200) Bengali (60)
Konkani (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 55,000 Hindi 13,000
Dhundari 4,100 Marwari 3,700
Marathi 900 Mewari 200
Shekhawati 200 Bengali 60
Konkani 50
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 %
99.82 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.18 %
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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