Bania, Porwal in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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.


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

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-18
People Name General Bania, Porwal
People Name in Country Bania, Porwal
Population in India 621,000
World Population 624,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Jangada, Marwadi, Parwar, Ponwar, Porwar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Porwal
Ethnic Code CNN25
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (159,000) Gujarati (73,000) Marwari (55,000) Dhundari (14,000)
Marathi (11,000) Telugu (11,000) Bengali (10,000) 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 (1,400) Kanauji (1,000) Dogri (900) Malvi (900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 159,000 Gujarati 73,000
Marwari 55,000 Dhundari 14,000
Marathi 11,000 Telugu 11,000
Bengali 10,000 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 1,400 Kanauji 1,000
Dogri 900 Malvi 900
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
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 Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-18

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
72.50 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
27.50 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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