Bania Agrahari in India


Population
335,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-05
People Name General Bania Agrahari
People Name in Country Bania Agrahari
Population in India 335,000
World Population 337,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Agrahari bania, Agrahari Baniya, Agrahri, Agrari, बनिया, आग्रहरी
People ID 19689
ROP3 Code 115141
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(259,000)
West Bengal
(19,000)
Bihar
(17,000)
Assam
(14,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(10,000)
Delhi
(6,100)
Uttarakhand
(2,500)
Chhattisgarh
(2,000)
Jharkhand
(1,600)
Maharashtra
(1,400)
Tripura
(1,200)
Andhra Pradesh
(600)
Telangana
(400)
Chandigarh
(200)
Odisha
(70)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 17
  Uttar Pradesh (259,000)
  West Bengal (19,000)
  Bihar (17,000)
  Assam (14,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (10,000)
  Delhi (6,100)
  Uttarakhand (2,500)
  Chhattisgarh (2,000)
  Jharkhand (1,600)
  Maharashtra (1,400)
  Tripura (1,200)
  Andhra Pradesh (600)
  Telangana (400)
  Chandigarh (200)
  Odisha (70)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (252,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
(39,000)
Bengali
(9,200)
Awadhi
(6,300)
Assamese
(4,900)
Kanauji
(900)
Angika
(800)
Bundeli
(700)
Bagheli
(600)
Chhattisgarhi
(500)
Marathi
(300)
Malvi
(200)
Garhwali
(100)
Gujarati
(100)
Kumaoni
(50)
Konkani
(30)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (252,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri (39,000)
  Bengali (9,200)
  Awadhi (6,300)
  Assamese (4,900)
  Kanauji (900)
  Angika (800)
  Bundeli (700)
  Bagheli (600)
  Chhattisgarhi (500)
  Marathi (300)
  Malvi (200)
  Garhwali (100)
  Gujarati (100)
  Kumaoni (50)
  Konkani (30)
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 of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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