Bania, Kasaundhan in India


Population
505,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Sarla swept the full skirt of her sari to the side as she passed the furnace where her family's metalworker formed lovely pots of copper, brass, and bell-metal. She emerged in the front of the store, stocked with metal vessels of every shape and size, some with hand-painted designs and some with intricate inlay, or fancy filigree. Sarla delighted in showing customers her family's designs that had been passed down through generations. Each container was priced to include a small sum for donations to a Hindu charity, and thus fulfill her vows to numerous Hindu gods.
Ranjeeni, Sarla's next door neighbor, heard the gospel and put her faith in Jesus while visiting Holland. Ranjeeni now offers Sarla Christian literature and invites her to a small home church. Because Ranjeeni is from a lower caste and Sarla's eyes are blinded to the gospel, Sarla never accepts the offers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

This is the story of nearly one-half million Kasundhan souls, among whom there is not one single known believer. They are 100 percent Hindu.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the veil will be lifted from their spiritual eyes and the revelation of Jesus Christ will fall on them.
* Pray that the principalities and powers would be bound that stifle the gospel, and that God will call workers to this unharvested field. * Pray that salvation will sweep through Kasaundhan communities.


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: 2011-08-23
People Name General Bania, Kasaundhan
People Name in Country Bania, Kasaundhan
Population in India 505,000
World Population 507,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 11 to 14
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bania, Kasaundhan Bania, Kasaundhan Banis, Seth, बनिया, कसौंधन
People ID 19703
ROP3 Code 115155
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(307,000)
Rajasthan
(77,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(40,000)
West Bengal
(16,000)
Assam
(12,000)
Haryana
(11,000)
Maharashtra
(10,000)
Bihar
(9,800)
Delhi
(7,800)
Punjab
(4,800)
Uttarakhand
(2,400)
Chhattisgarh
(2,000)
Jharkhand
(1,900)
Odisha
(1,700)
Jammu and Kashmir
(1,200)
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 20
  Uttar Pradesh (307,000)
  Rajasthan (77,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (40,000)
  West Bengal (16,000)
  Assam (12,000)
  Haryana (11,000)
  Maharashtra (10,000)
  Bihar (9,800)
  Delhi (7,800)
  Punjab (4,800)
  Uttarakhand (2,400)
  Chhattisgarh (2,000)
  Jharkhand (1,900)
  Odisha (1,700)
  Jammu and Kashmir (1,200)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (367,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
(42,000)
Marwari
(17,000)
Awadhi
(12,000)
Dhundari
(9,400)
Bengali
(8,900)
Marathi
(7,200)
Shekhawati
(5,200)
Assamese
(2,800)
Bundeli
(2,800)
Bagri
(1,900)
Kanauji
(1,900)
Mewari
(1,600)
Chhattisgarhi
(1,500)
Merwari
(1,300)
Konkani
(1,200)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (367,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri (42,000)
  Marwari (17,000)
  Awadhi (12,000)
  Dhundari (9,400)
  Bengali (8,900)
  Marathi (7,200)
  Shekhawati (5,200)
  Assamese (2,800)
  Bundeli (2,800)
  Bagri (1,900)
  Kanauji (1,900)
  Mewari (1,600)
  Chhattisgarhi (1,500)
  Merwari (1,300)
  Konkani (1,200)
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 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
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
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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