Bania Agarwal in India


Population
4,784,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

A brilliant smile and dancing eyes told of a joy we only find in those who love the Lord Jesus. With a degree in library science, this man serves his seminary as head librarian. He told me to just call him Bansal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bansal is one of the more common names among the Agarwal people group. Bansal is one of a tiny minority of Agarwals who have come to Christ. Almost all Agarwals still consider themselves to be Hindu. Like most other Bania subgroups, they work as businessmen and traders. Some have risen to become very wealthy. One is chairman of Jet Airways with a net worth of $1.9 billion.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sometimes wealthy people feel no need for God. Those who feel a need for God in a Hindu context are likely to try to fill it with Hindu rituals.
Agarwals have enough clout that they have sometimes been given the right to skirt India's laws. About 100 years ago a court case went all the way to the Indian Supreme Court that included the comment that Agarwals are known for their unwillingness to follow Hindu rules. Not much has changed. It is not that they have not heard of the gospel message. Rather, the Agarwals generally do not feel the need for Christ.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Narendra. He has started a new church to reach his Agarwal people.
* Pray that he and other Agarwal believers can demonstrate the love and character of Christ to their kinsmen.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will create a hunger in the hearts of prominent Agarwal businessmen.


References

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


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
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People Name General Bania Agarwal
People Name in Country Bania Agarwal
Population in India 4,784,000
World Population 4,824,400
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 95
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Agarwal, Aggarwal, Agrabalia, Arya, Arya Vysya, Bania, Chetti, Gupta, Jain, Komati, Marwadi, Vaisya Agarwal, Vysya, बनिया, अ‍ॅगर्वल
People ID 19688
ROP3 Code 115140
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 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
1,132,000
Uttar Pradesh
981,000
Gujarat
392,000
Madhya Pradesh
366,000
Maharashtra
309,000
Andhra Pradesh
308,000
Delhi
288,000
West Bengal
215,000
Telangana
159,000
Haryana
157,000
Assam
137,000
Punjab
66,000
Bihar
46,000
Uttarakhand
36,000
Odisha
36,000
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 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 1,132,000
  Uttar Pradesh 981,000
  Gujarat 392,000
  Madhya Pradesh 366,000
  Maharashtra 309,000
  Andhra Pradesh 308,000
  Delhi 288,000
  West Bengal 215,000
  Telangana 159,000
  Haryana 157,000
  Assam 137,000
  Punjab 66,000
  Bihar 46,000
  Uttarakhand 36,000
  Odisha 36,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (2,560,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 45
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
647,000
Gujarati
302,000
Telugu
233,000
Sindhi
211,000
Dhundari
154,000
Bengali
96,000
Marathi
86,000
Shekhawati
66,000
Assamese
52,000
Mewari
49,000
Merwari
44,000
Bhojpuri
43,000
Awadhi
35,000
Kanauji
33,000
Bagri
24,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (2,560,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 45
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 647,000
  Gujarati 302,000
  Telugu 233,000
  Sindhi 211,000
  Dhundari 154,000
  Bengali 96,000
  Marathi 86,000
  Shekhawati 66,000
  Assamese 52,000
  Mewari 49,000
  Merwari 44,000
  Bhojpuri 43,000
  Awadhi 35,000
  Kanauji 33,000
  Bagri 24,000
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 Fathers 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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
87.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
12.09 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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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