Bania, Rastaogi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Rastaogi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

During the news interview, Rajit, a Rastogi man spoke directly into the microphone while beads of sweat on his forehead betrayed his nervousness. He said, "One reason for the peaceful nature of the city of Lucknow, India, is the network of economic dependency which cuts across religion and caste. This is especially true of the local embroidery industry, known as Chikan. This is a traditional Muslim craft, but it is traded mostly by our Hindu Rastoogi businessmen." Sameer, a prominent news reporter responded, "However, it seems this is changing. Just the other day I heard there were more riots because some Muslim loom owners said Hindus tried to destroy their businesses." Rajit replied, "I pray that Surya (the Hindu Sun God) will protect us and bring us continued prosperity."

Where Are they Located?

Most of the 63,000 Hindu Rastoogi people live in northern India, primarily Uttar Pradesh.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This prominent caste traces its Hindu beliefs back to when they selected "Surya" the Hindu sun god as their clan deity. Surya is portrayed as a red man with three eyes and four arms, riding in a chariot. They worship him as the god of healing and fortune. His picture is in Rastoogi-owned shops and homes because they firmly believe he will bring them blessings.

Prayer Points

With almost no known followers of Christ in Uttar Pradesh, the Rastoogi people need an influx of missionaries to tell them about Christ's glory. Pray that many Rastoogi people will come to know God's truth, life, and ways.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-10
Video Links:
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People Name General Bania, Rastaogi
People Name in Country Bania, Rastaogi
Population in India 58,000
World Population 58,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Rastaugi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Rastaogi
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19720
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)
Uttar Pradesh (50,000) Rajasthan (4,700) Bihar (1,600) Delhi (800)
Madhya Pradesh (700) Uttarakhand (500)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (50,000) Rajasthan (4,700)
Bihar (1,600) Delhi (800)
Madhya Pradesh (700) Uttarakhand (500)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (43,000) Marwari (6,000) Awadhi (2,300) Bhojpuri (2,000)
Dhundari (1,700) Kanauji (1,500) Garhwali (300) Mewari (100)
Shekhawati (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 43,000 Marwari 6,000
Awadhi 2,300 Bhojpuri 2,000
Dhundari 1,700 Kanauji 1,500
Garhwali 300 Mewari 100
Shekhawati 50
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

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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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