Bania, Nagar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Nagar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The overhead fan hummed softly and the aroma of spiced chai hung in the air as Indian mission leaders Jawahar and Pradeep discussed how to reach some of India's most unreached people groups. Jawahar asked, "How do we locate the Nagar Bania people?" Pradeep replied, "Go to Gujarat state where some 32,000 Nagar Banias reside.

Where Are they Located?

Out of the 57,000 Nagar population in all of India, Gujarat has the largest concentration of this people group. You are most likely to meet some of them in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's largest city."

What Are Their Lives Like?

Working as moneylenders or merchants, Nagar Banias can also be found (although in lesser numbers) in India's states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Goa.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nagar means "settlement." The Nagar Banias look to Hinduism for their spiritual answers.

Prayer Points

* Pray that they may find their "settlement" in God's eternal home.
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to visit the leaders of Nagar households and villages, as well as their spiritual leaders with His truth in a way they can understand.
* Ask God to anoint those working with the Nagars with wisdom and insight and with the love of Jesus.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-26
People Name General Bania, Nagar
People Name in Country Bania, Nagar
Population in India 45,000
World Population 45,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Nagda
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Nagar
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19716
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (32,000) Maharashtra (8,000) Rajasthan (3,000) Madhya Pradesh (700)
Delhi (600) Andhra Pradesh (400)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (32,000) Maharashtra (8,000)
Rajasthan (3,000) Madhya Pradesh (700)
Delhi (600) Andhra Pradesh (400)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (38,000) Hindi (3,300) Dhundari (1,300) Marwari (700)
Marathi (300) Mewari (200) Shekhawati (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 38,000 Hindi 3,300
Dhundari 1,300 Marwari 700
Marathi 300 Mewari 200
Shekhawati 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 %
99.16 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.84 %
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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