Bania, Agrahari in India


Population
332,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Hiralal's face turned red with rage. His son had just asked him to seek a marriage agreement with the daughter of Mr. Sandeep Gupta. Ordinarily this would have been a joyful time. He would proudly arrange the meeting and begin the process leading to a wedding.
Hiralal's family runs a successful business near Delhi. The Guptas also have their own lucrative enterprise. But Hiralal is from the Agrahari people. The Guptas are from the Agarwals. Centuries ago the two groups were joined in the same caste. At some point a disagreement arose. No one remembers the cause, but now each group avoids the other. No one seems able to bring reconciliation between the two communities.


What Are Their Needs?

Any efforts to bring the message of Jesus to the Agraharis must remain sensitive to the differences between the Agrawals and the Agrahari groups. It is not enough to be sensitive to Hindu culture. The evangelist must respect the specific distinctions of the different groups.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will win some from each of these two groups and use them to bring peace and reconciliation that will draw others to the Prince of Peace.
* Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send believers from the Agrahari group to reap souls from their own people.
*Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir a hunger and thirst for a righteousness that can only come from the true God of the universe.


References

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


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-05
People Name General Bania, Agrahari
People Name in Country Bania, Agrahari
Population in India 332,000
World Population 334,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Agrahari bania, Agrahari Baniya, Agrahri, Agrari, बनिया, आग्रहरी
People ID 19689
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: 17
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh (257,000) West Bengal (19,000) Bihar (16,000)
Assam (15,000) Madhya Pradesh (9,500) Delhi (5,900)
Uttarakhand (2,400) Chhattisgarh (2,000) Jharkhand (1,500)
Maharashtra (1,300) Tripura (1,200) Andhra Pradesh (600)
Telangana (300) Chandigarh (200) Odisha (70)
Tamil Nadu (60) Kerala (30)
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: 17
Uttar Pradesh (257,000) West Bengal (19,000)
Bihar (16,000) Assam (15,000)
Madhya Pradesh (9,500) Delhi (5,900)
Uttarakhand (2,400) Chhattisgarh (2,000)
Jharkhand (1,500) Maharashtra (1,300)
Tripura (1,200) Andhra Pradesh (600)
Telangana (300) Chandigarh (200)
Odisha (70) Tamil Nadu (60)
Kerala (30)
Primary Language: Hindi (254,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 17
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (40,000) Bengali (9,300) Awadhi (7,500)
Assamese (5,200) Kanauji (900) Angika (800)
Bundeli (700) Bagheli (600) Chhattisgarhi (500)
Marathi (300) Malvi (200) Garhwali (100)
Gujarati (100) Kumaoni (50) Konkani (30)
Telugu (20)
Primary Language: Hindi (254,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 17
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (40,000) Bengali (9,300)
Awadhi (7,500) Assamese (5,200)
Kanauji (900) Angika (800)
Bundeli (700) Bagheli (600)
Chhattisgarhi (500) Marathi (300)
Malvi (200) Garhwali (100)
Gujarati (100) Kumaoni (50)
Konkani (30) Telugu (20)
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
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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