Bania, Oswal in India



Population

857,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

"Praise to Sachchika!" Niriksha, an Oswal seamstress, smiled with a dancing heart as she was handed another order for the appliqué style of wedding canopy her family made. All the orders for the special embroidery ensured her already successful business could expand into new shops. She would announce the news at the party tonight.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Oswal Bania community is made up of four to five million people. They are mostly found in Rajasthan, Punjab, and other nearby areas of northern India. Oswals are indispensable for the Indian economy, and tend to fare well in business. They are the wealthy and very influential in business, industry, and society. The Oswals are known for commemorating their festivals with celebration, color, and song.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although most Oswals follow Jain religious teachings, some are more influenced by Hinduism. According to Jain teaching, it is considered a sin to take a life. As a result, they are strict vegetarians. Their goddess, Sachchika, is often their family deity. The Oswals have no church, and there are no evangelistic outreaches among them; as far as we know there are no Oswal believers.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Oswal people to hear about Jesus through evangelistic Internet, radio, and literature efforts.
* Pray that He will send missionaries to this unreached people group so the love of God an shine upon them.

References

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


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-02
People Name General Bania, Oswal
People Name in Country Bania, Oswal
Population in India 857,000
World Population 858,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Marwadi, Oswal Jain Bania
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Oswal
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19718
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:  30  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (128,000) Gujarat (102,000) Rajasthan (74,000) Madhya Pradesh (66,000)
West Bengal (16,000) Assam (14,000) Delhi (14,000) Uttar Pradesh (12,000)
Andhra Pradesh (10,000) Tamil Nadu (8,300) Chhattisgarh (5,500) Telangana (4,600)
Punjab (3,600) Haryana (3,200) Jharkhand (2,900) Karnataka (2,400)
Odisha (1,600) Uttarakhand (1,200) Chandigarh (600) Kerala (400)
Total States on file:  30  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (128,000) Gujarat (102,000)
Rajasthan (74,000) Madhya Pradesh (66,000)
West Bengal (16,000) Assam (14,000)
Delhi (14,000) Uttar Pradesh (12,000)
Andhra Pradesh (10,000) Tamil Nadu (8,300)
Chhattisgarh (5,500) Telangana (4,600)
Punjab (3,600) Haryana (3,200)
Jharkhand (2,900) Karnataka (2,400)
Odisha (1,600) Uttarakhand (1,200)
Chandigarh (600) Kerala (400)
Languages & Dialects on file:  25  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (175,000) Gujarati (149,000) Marwari (86,000) Marathi (21,000)
Dhundari (12,000) Kachchi (10,000) Merwari (4,100) Bengali (3,900)
Mewari (3,000) Telugu (1,700) Konkani (1,500) Chhattisgarhi (1,400)
Shekhawati (1,300) Malvi (1,200) Bhojpuri (900) Bagri (600)
Panjabi, Eastern (600) Kanauji (500) Saurashtra (300) Sindhi (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 175,000 Gujarati 149,000
Marwari 86,000 Marathi 21,000
Dhundari 12,000 Kachchi 10,000
Merwari 4,100 Bengali 3,900
Mewari 3,000 Telugu 1,700
Konkani 1,500 Chhattisgarhi 1,400
Shekhawati 1,300 Malvi 1,200
Bhojpuri 900 Bagri 600
Panjabi, Eastern 600 Kanauji 500
Saurashtra 300 Sindhi 100

For Main Lanugage: Hindi


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
34.19 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
65.81 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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