Bania Agarwal in India


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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

* Scripture Prayers for the Bania Agarwal in India.

* 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 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-18
People Name General Bania Agarwal
People Name in Country Bania Agarwal
World Population 4,888,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 97
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
1,145,000
Uttar Pradesh
992,000
Gujarat
390,000
Madhya Pradesh
370,000
Maharashtra
314,000
Andhra Pradesh
308,000
Delhi
292,000
West Bengal
225,000
Telangana
162,000
Haryana
159,000
Assam
139,000
Punjab
73,000
Bihar
47,000
Uttarakhand
37,000
Odisha
36,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 1,145,000
  Uttar Pradesh 992,000
  Gujarat 390,000
  Madhya Pradesh 370,000
  Maharashtra 314,000
  Andhra Pradesh 308,000
  Delhi 292,000
  West Bengal 225,000
  Telangana 162,000
  Haryana 159,000
  Assam 139,000
  Punjab 73,000
  Bihar 47,000
  Uttarakhand 37,000
  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
624,000
Gujarati
294,000
Telugu
245,000
Sindhi
204,000
Dhundari
154,000
Marathi
100,000
Bengali
99,000
Shekhawati
66,000
Assamese
51,000
Mewari
48,000
Bhojpuri
43,000
Merwari
43,000
Awadhi
35,000
Kanauji
34,000
Bagri
25,000
Primary Language Hindi (2,560,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 45
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 624,000
  Gujarati 294,000
  Telugu 245,000
  Sindhi 204,000
  Dhundari 154,000
  Marathi 100,000
  Bengali 99,000
  Shekhawati 66,000
  Assamese 51,000
  Mewari 48,000
  Bhojpuri 43,000
  Merwari 43,000
  Awadhi 35,000
  Kanauji 34,000
  Bagri 25,000
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 (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
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 Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
88.10 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
11.90 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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.