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 103,000
World Population 103,000
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 (59,000) Rajasthan (12,000) Maharashtra (3,800) Delhi (1,400)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) West Bengal (700) Telangana (400) Daman and Diu (300)
Punjab (80)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (59,000) Rajasthan (12,000)
Maharashtra (3,800) Delhi (1,400)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) West Bengal (700)
Telangana (400) Daman and Diu (300)
Punjab (80)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (57,000) 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 57,000 Hindi 13,000
Dhundari 4,100 Marwari 3,700
Marathi 900 Mewari 200
Shekhawati 200 Bengali 60
Konkani 50

For Main Lanugage: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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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