Bania, Agarwal in Nepal


Population
18,000
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 

People Name General Bania, Agarwal
People Name in Country Bania, Agarwal
Population in Nepal 18,000
World Population 5,003,400
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
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
ROP3 Code 115140
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Lumbini
(6,200)
Narayani
(3,400)
Bheri
(1,700)
Bagmati
(1,600)
Kosi
(1,300)
Janakpur
(1,300)
Sagarmatha
(1,100)
Mechi
(800)
Rapti
(200)
Seti
(100)
Mahakali
(100)
Gandaki
(40)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 12
  Lumbini (6,200)
  Narayani (3,400)
  Bheri (1,700)
  Bagmati (1,600)
  Kosi (1,300)
  Janakpur (1,300)
  Sagarmatha (1,100)
  Mechi (800)
  Rapti (200)
  Seti (100)
  Mahakali (100)
  Gandaki (40)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhojpuri (4,400 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Marwari
(3,800)
Awadhi
(3,700)
Maithili
(3,500)
Hindi
(2,700)
Sindhi
(200)
Nepali
(60)
Magahi
(50)
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri
Primary Language Bhojpuri (4,400 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Marwari (3,800)
  Awadhi (3,700)
  Maithili (3,500)
  Hindi (2,700)
  Sindhi (200)
  Nepali (60)
  Magahi (50)
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri

Primary Language:  Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1911-1982)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1999-2006)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bhojpuri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.23 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
3.77 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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