Kasarwani Bania in India

The Kasarwani Bania have only been reported in India
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Main Language
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Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Kasarwani are one of the Bania (business) groups. Kasar means "saffron" and wani means "tradesman." Because they moved so often in the early days, they carried pots of soil from the place they came from to maintain their identity and remember their origin. They worship these pots. Some carry the soil from many lands, gathered as they moved along trade routes.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Banias are often resented by others. They are known to charge excessive interest rates. A pre-literate farmer might take a loan from a Bania only to find that a high percentage of his harvest will be taken away as interest. Customers often must put up their land and farms for collateral in case they cannot pay back their loans.
Kasarwani Bania children learn early to "never give; always bargain and make money." From an early age, children are drilled in math and detailed calculations with the end purpose of winning in money transactions. Fathers pass business skills to their sons. Kasarwani Bania parents strongly encourage their children, especially the boys, to obtain graduate degrees related to business.
Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the norm among Bania groups.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As wealthy Hindus, the Kasarwani Banias are usually not that spiritually minded. Some perform Hindu rituals to gain favor in the spiritual realm. Others are attracted to Hindu philosophy. Most are too grounded in the here and now to take much thought to their spiritual lives.


What Are Their Needs?

Although there is a plethora of Christian outreach tools available in Hindi such as audio recordings, films, videos, tracts and Bible translations, the Kasarwani hearts have remained closed to the gospel.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit will woo the Kasarwani Banias to the Throne of Grace.
Pray that Jesus will reveal himself in power and glory to multitudes of precious Kasarwani people.
Pray for loving and dedicated workers to go to them.


Scripture Prayers for the Bania Kasarwani in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bania Kasarwani
People Name in Country Bania Kasarwani
Natural Name Kasarwani Bania
Alternate Names Kesarwani; Kesarwani Baniya; Pachhaiha Thok Kasarwani; Purbia Thok Kasarwani; बनिया, कसर्वनि
Population this Country 506,000
Population all Countries 506,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
People ID 19702
ROP3 Code 115154
ROP25 Code 300836
ROP25 Name Bania
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
236,000
Rajasthan
69,000
Bihar
51,000
Chhattisgarh
27,000
Gujarat
23,000
Madhya Pradesh
22,000
West Bengal
15,000
Assam
14,000
Maharashtra
13,000
Haryana
9,500
Delhi
7,600
Punjab
4,600
Odisha
3,300
Jharkhand
2,700
Uttarakhand
2,600
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 236,000
  Rajasthan 69,000
  Bihar 51,000
  Chhattisgarh 27,000
  Gujarat 23,000
  Madhya Pradesh 22,000
  West Bengal 15,000
  Assam 14,000
  Maharashtra 13,000
  Haryana 9,500
  Delhi 7,600
  Punjab 4,600
  Odisha 3,300
  Jharkhand 2,700
  Uttarakhand 2,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (293,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
28,000
Gujarati
17,000
Marwari (India)
15,000
Bengali
13,000
Chhattisgarhi
9,700
Dhundari
7,500
Marathi
6,400
Assamese
6,000
Bundeli
5,800
Magahi
3,900
Shekhawati
3,700
Awadhi
2,400
Kanauji
2,100
Bagri
2,000
Odia
1,500
Primary Language Hindi (293,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 28,000
  Gujarati 17,000
  Marwari (India) 15,000
  Bengali 13,000
  Chhattisgarhi 9,700
  Dhundari 7,500
  Marathi 6,400
  Assamese 6,000
  Bundeli 5,800
  Magahi 3,900
  Shekhawati 3,700
  Awadhi 2,400
  Kanauji 2,100
  Bagri 2,000
  Odia 1,500
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  (1818-2022)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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