Bania, Porwal in India



Population

338,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


A Pilgrimage

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Introduction / History

"Rishabh! Don't ever forget our past!" The old man called to his grandson as he lounged on the couch. "Let me tell you about the time our ancestors built the Adinath Temple. It was the year 961 AD by the time they even finished…" he began. He went on to describe the details of how they built the impressive Jain temple, despite many obstacles. The boy settled himself in to hear the story yet again.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Porwal (also called Porvad or Porwad) are a community of Banias who, long ago, were great in number and in riches. They built many of the most famous Jain temples. Now other Jain communities are larger and wealthier than the Porwals. They are still a wealthy people, but their numbers have fallen when compared to the other Jain groups around them. Today they number less than four million out of India's more than 1,215,000,000 people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Far smaller is the number of Christ followers among them. Their Jain beliefs offer them some good moral guidelines regarding the sanctity of life. But without a church or a Bible or any appropriate evangelistic tools, the Porwals remain without knowledge of a Savior who offers not only solid moral teachings about the importance of life, but also the chance to have a personal relationship with the God who created them.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Porwal people will soon get to hear the good news that Jesus Christ died for their sins.

References

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


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-18
People Name General Bania, Porwal
People Name in Country Bania, Porwal
Population in India 338,000
World Population 340,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bania Seth, Jangada, Jangada Porwal, Marwadi, Parwar, Ponwar, Porwad, Porwal, Porwal Jain, Porwar, Purwar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Porwal
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19719
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:  23  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (72,000) Maharashtra (55,000) Gujarat (46,000) Uttar Pradesh (32,000)
Madhya Pradesh (27,000) West Bengal (24,000) Assam (20,000) Andhra Pradesh (19,000)
Delhi (7,400) Telangana (7,300) Tamil Nadu (4,600) Punjab (4,300)
Karnataka (4,100) Haryana (2,900) Jharkhand (2,900) Chhattisgarh (2,700)
Uttarakhand (1,800) Jammu and Kashmir (1,600) Odisha (1,200) Tripura (1,100)
Total States on file:  23  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (72,000) Maharashtra (55,000)
Gujarat (46,000) Uttar Pradesh (32,000)
Madhya Pradesh (27,000) West Bengal (24,000)
Assam (20,000) Andhra Pradesh (19,000)
Delhi (7,400) Telangana (7,300)
Tamil Nadu (4,600) Punjab (4,300)
Karnataka (4,100) Haryana (2,900)
Jharkhand (2,900) Chhattisgarh (2,700)
Uttarakhand (1,800) Jammu and Kashmir (1,600)
Odisha (1,200) Tripura (1,100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  29  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (149,000) Gujarati (57,000) Marwari (52,000) Dhundari (14,000)
Marathi (11,000) Bengali (10,000) Telugu (6,700) Mewari (5,700)
Nimadi (3,900) Merwari (3,600) Bhojpuri (3,100) Kachchi (2,800)
Konkani (2,800) Shekhawati (2,700) Assamese (1,800) Bagri (1,400)
Saurashtra (1,100) Kanauji (1,000) Dogri (900) Malvi (900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 149,000 Gujarati 57,000
Marwari 52,000 Dhundari 14,000
Marathi 11,000 Bengali 10,000
Telugu 6,700 Mewari 5,700
Nimadi 3,900 Merwari 3,600
Bhojpuri 3,100 Kachchi 2,800
Konkani 2,800 Shekhawati 2,700
Assamese 1,800 Bagri 1,400
Saurashtra 1,100 Kanauji 1,000
Dogri 900 Malvi 900
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
72.50 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
27.50 %
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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