Bania, Oswal in India

Population

851,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


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)



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Bania, Oswal
People Name in Country Bania, Oswal
ROP3 Code 115171
Joshua Project People ID 19718
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 851,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Marwadi,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 223,407 Gujarati 191,603 Marwari 106,983 Marathi 43,600
Dhundari 11,790 Kachchi 10,000 Bengali 3,930 Telugu 3,360
Mewari 2,970 Chhattisgarhi 2,760 Konkani 1,520 Shekhawati 1,320
Malvi 1,290 Bhojpuri 870 Panjabi, Eastern 592 Bagri 590
Saurashtra 510 Kanauji 490 Konkani, Goan 250 Sindhi 130
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Oswal
Ethnic Code CNN25
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Largest Religion Other / Small
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  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
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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