Bania, Agarwal in India


Population
5,003,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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)


Prayer Links:
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People Name General Bania, Agarwal
People Name in Country Bania, Agarwal
Population in India 5,003,000
World Population 5,043,400
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Agarwal, Aggarwal, Agrabalia, Arya, Arya Vysya, Bania, Chetti, Gupta, Jain, Komati, Marwadi, Vaisya Agarwal, Vysya, बनिया, अ‍ॅगर्वल
People ID 19688
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 34
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (1,190,000) Uttar Pradesh (1,024,000) Gujarat (408,000)
Madhya Pradesh (378,000) Maharashtra (321,000) Andhra Pradesh (321,000)
Delhi (296,000) West Bengal (225,000) Haryana (168,000)
Telangana (160,000) Assam (151,000) Punjab (69,000)
Bihar (48,000) Odisha (38,000) Uttarakhand (37,000)
Chhattisgarh (31,000) Karnataka (30,000) Tamil Nadu (24,000)
Tripura (17,000) Jharkhand (17,000)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 34  (only 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (1,190,000) Uttar Pradesh (1,024,000)
Gujarat (408,000) Madhya Pradesh (378,000)
Maharashtra (321,000) Andhra Pradesh (321,000)
Delhi (296,000) West Bengal (225,000)
Haryana (168,000) Telangana (160,000)
Assam (151,000) Punjab (69,000)
Bihar (48,000) Odisha (38,000)
Uttarakhand (37,000) Chhattisgarh (31,000)
Karnataka (30,000) Tamil Nadu (24,000)
Tripura (17,000) Jharkhand (17,000)
Primary Language: Hindi (2,565,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 43
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Marwari (643,000) Gujarati (302,000) Sindhi (221,000)
Telugu (218,000) Dhundari (176,000) Bengali (102,000)
Marathi (86,000) Shekhawati (66,000) Assamese (55,000)
Merwari (44,000) Bhojpuri (43,000) Mewari (42,000)
Awadhi (36,000) Kanauji (33,000) Bagri (28,000)
Haryanvi (21,000) Konkani (18,000) Punjabi, Eastern (13,000)
Oriya (11,000) Chhattisgarhi (8,800)
Primary Language: Hindi (2,565,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 43
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Marwari (643,000) Gujarati (302,000)
Sindhi (221,000) Telugu (218,000)
Dhundari (176,000) Bengali (102,000)
Marathi (86,000) Shekhawati (66,000)
Assamese (55,000) Merwari (44,000)
Bhojpuri (43,000) Mewari (42,000)
Awadhi (36,000) Kanauji (33,000)
Bagri (28,000) Haryanvi (21,000)
Konkani (18,000) Punjabi, Eastern (13,000)
Oriya (11,000) Chhattisgarhi (8,800)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 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
88.75 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
11.25 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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