Bania Khandelwal in India

The Bania Khandelwal have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Picture a large shopping center and replace the stores with Hindu temples. This describes the complex known as "Khandea Dham." This complex is filled with a variety of gorgeous temples. The Khandelwal Banias who do not live in this area make pilgrimages to Khandea Dham. For these devout Hindus the pilgrimage is supposed to bring them closer to their gods.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Khandelwal Banias are known for their community involvement as business people. They faithfully support members of their own caste. If a Khandelwal man is in financial trouble, members of his community usually provide funds to help him start his business again.
In history we read that the word Bania derives from the Banyan tree. Under the Banyan tree the Khandelwal people once sat and discussed business. Today they no longer sit under the Banyan tree; instead they carry out business in corporate buildings. In the business world they add a monetary percentage to all they sell. The amount is given to a public fund that assists in providing for the construction or maintenance of Hindu temples.


Prayer Points

* Pray for God to send business people who love Jesus to work with the Khandelwals.
* Pray that they will build relationships with the Khandelwals that give them the opportunity to share Jesus Christ with these faithful Hindus.


References

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


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-12
People Name General Bania Khandelwal
People Name in Country Bania Khandelwal
World Population 92,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bania, Bartanwala, Kesarwani Baniya, बनिया, खंडेलवाल
People ID 19704
ROP3 Code 115156
Country India
Region South Asia
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 13
Largest States
Rajasthan
43,000
Uttar Pradesh
26,000
Madhya Pradesh
8,100
Maharashtra
4,800
West Bengal
4,500
Gujarat
3,000
Delhi
900
Odisha
600
Assam
500
Punjab
400
Telangana
100
Uttarakhand
100
Jammu and Kashmir
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Rajasthan 43,000
  Uttar Pradesh 26,000
  Madhya Pradesh 8,100
  Maharashtra 4,800
  West Bengal 4,500
  Gujarat 3,000
  Delhi 900
  Odisha 600
  Assam 500
  Punjab 400
  Telangana 100
  Uttarakhand 100
  Jammu and Kashmir 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (48,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
19,000
Dhundari
13,000
Shekhawati
3,600
Marathi
1,800
Gujarati
1,600
Bengali
900
Kanauji
800
Merwari
700
Konkani
700
Kacchi
500
Awadhi
200
Mewari
200
Bundeli
200
Braj Bhasha
200
Bagri
100
Primary Language Hindi (48,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 19,000
  Dhundari 13,000
  Shekhawati 3,600
  Marathi 1,800
  Gujarati 1,600
  Bengali 900
  Kanauji 800
  Merwari 700
  Konkani 700
  Kacchi 500
  Awadhi 200
  Mewari 200
  Bundeli 200
  Braj Bhasha 200
  Bagri 100
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 Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Father's 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)
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
61.31 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
38.69 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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