Bania unspecified in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Bania unspecified in Nepal.


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

Additional Info
Bania profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Bania
People Name in Country Bania unspecified
Pronunciation BAHN-yah
Population this Country 125,000
Population all Countries 17,114,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
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 Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mechi and Narayani zones. Some in Kathmandu.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Narayani
31,000
Lumbini
30,000
Janakpur
27,000
Sagarmatha
23,000
Kosi
13,000
Bheri
6,100
Bagmati
5,900
Mechi
3,900
Mahakali
1,500
Gandaki
1,000
Seti
700
Rapti
700
Dhaulagiri
40
Karnali
10
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mechi and Narayani zones. Some in Kathmandu..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 14
  Narayani 31,000
  Lumbini 30,000
  Janakpur 27,000
  Sagarmatha 23,000
  Kosi 13,000
  Bheri 6,100
  Bagmati 5,900
  Mechi 3,900
  Mahakali 1,500
  Gandaki 1,000
  Seti 700
  Rapti 700
  Dhaulagiri 40
  Karnali 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (69,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
29,000
Awadhi
16,000
Marwari
13,000
Hindi
11,000
Nepali
1,600
Angika
400
Sindhi
300
Haryanvi
200
English
200
Bengali
100
Kumaoni
100
Magahi
60
Primary Language Maithili (69,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 29,000
  Awadhi 16,000
  Marwari 13,000
  Hindi 11,000
  Nepali 1,600
  Angika 400
  Sindhi 300
  Haryanvi 200
  English 200
  Bengali 100
  Kumaoni 100
  Magahi 60
People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.81 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.19 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Banita Tour - Pixabay 
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