Bania in India


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Introduction / History

The Vania people are also called Bania or Mahajan. The word Vania is derived from 'Vaniji', which means 'trader' in Sanskrit. The Vania community has gotras (clans) such as Agarwal, Dasora, Dishawal, Kapol, Nagori, Vagada, Modh and Nagar.

Many of these names are based on the names of the place they are from. The Agrawal, though they are settled mainly in North Gujarat, take their name from Agar Town. The Jharola live in eastern Gujarat and come from Jalor of Rajashthan and Maharashtra. The titles used by the Vania are Shah, Shroff, Parikkh, Chokshi, Seth and Gandhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Vania community consists of two religious divisions, namely Vaishnava and Jain. Most of the groups of Vania are split into Visha meaning twenty and Dasha or ten. These subdivisions are further divided into Ekda and Bagda. The Bagda mostly live in villages, while Ekda live in villages and towns. They have an organization called the Mandal to look after the temples and the community's property.

Business, trade, jewellery-making and agriculture are the traditional occupations of the Vania. Floor painting and folk songs represent the Vania's art and culture. The naming of the newborn ritual is performed by a Jangam priest by putting a thread around the infant's neck.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vania are Hindu by religion. They are Vaishnavite and devotees of Shrinathji. A section of them are from the Jain community. The Vania maintain intercommunity linkages with the Brahmin, Valand, Soni and other communities through trade and service. The Vania in the state of Maharashtra are mostly followers of the Lingayat religion.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Vania people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* Pray for developmental and literacy programs among the people.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-19
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People Name General Bania
People Name in Country Bania
World Population 29,459,100
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 585
Alternate Names Aggarwal, Agrawal, Arayia Vaisya, Arya Vaisya, Arya Vysya, Balija, Bandekara, Banikya, Baniya, Baniyan, Baqal, Bhatia, Chetti, Chettiar, Gomatulu, Gujarati Vania, Gupta, Jain, Komati, Komti, Komuti, Kongu, Kshatriya, Kumti, Kumuti, Lalaji, Mahajan, Mahajan Vania, Marwadi, Mathura, Padayachi, Rajput, Sahukar, Sarak, Shetti, Shetty, Vaishya, Vaisiyal Chettiar, Vaisya, Vani, Vani Bania, Vania, Vysy, Vysya, बनिया
People ID 16318
ROP3 Code 111452
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 35
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
5,018,000
Uttar Pradesh
4,974,000
Maharashtra
3,628,000
Gujarat
2,725,000
Andhra Pradesh
2,162,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,028,000
West Bengal
1,236,000
Assam
1,068,000
Telangana
1,025,000
Bihar
827,000
Haryana
801,000
Tamil Nadu
739,000
Karnataka
675,000
Delhi
593,000
Punjab
332,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 35  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 5,018,000
  Uttar Pradesh 4,974,000
  Maharashtra 3,628,000
  Gujarat 2,725,000
  Andhra Pradesh 2,162,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,028,000
  West Bengal 1,236,000
  Assam 1,068,000
  Telangana 1,025,000
  Bihar 827,000
  Haryana 801,000
  Tamil Nadu 739,000
  Karnataka 675,000
  Delhi 593,000
  Punjab 332,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (12,302,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 55
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
2,966,000
Gujarati
2,599,000
Marwari
2,528,000
Marathi
1,508,000
Bengali
1,029,000
Sindhi
997,000
Dhundari
706,000
Tamil
631,000
Kannada
601,000
Assamese
368,000
Bhojpuri
366,000
Shekhawati
274,000
Konkani
260,000
Merwari
217,000
Awadhi
215,000
Primary Language Hindi (12,302,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 55
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 2,966,000
  Gujarati 2,599,000
  Marwari 2,528,000
  Marathi 1,508,000
  Bengali 1,029,000
  Sindhi 997,000
  Dhundari 706,000
  Tamil 631,000
  Kannada 601,000
  Assamese 368,000
  Bhojpuri 366,000
  Shekhawati 274,000
  Konkani 260,000
  Merwari 217,000
  Awadhi 215,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
88.52 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
11.48 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Joshua Project 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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