Bania Khandelwal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania Khandelwal only in India
Population
103,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-12
People Name General Bania Khandelwal
People Name in Country Bania Khandelwal
Population in India 103,000
World Population 103,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Rajasthan
(51,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(27,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(8,800)
Maharashtra
(5,100)
West Bengal
(4,800)
Gujarat
(3,200)
Delhi
(900)
Odisha
(600)
Assam
(600)
Punjab
(400)
Telangana
(200)
Uttarakhand
(100)
Jammu and Kashmir
(60)
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 13
  Rajasthan (51,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (27,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (8,800)
  Maharashtra (5,100)
  West Bengal (4,800)
  Gujarat (3,200)
  Delhi (900)
  Odisha (600)
  Assam (600)
  Punjab (400)
  Telangana (200)
  Uttarakhand (100)
  Jammu and Kashmir (60)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (50,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
(19,000)
Dhundari
(16,000)
Shekhawati
(3,900)
Marathi
(1,800)
Gujarati
(1,600)
Bengali
(900)
Kanauji
(800)
Merwari
(700)
Konkani
(700)
Kacchi
(500)
Awadhi
(200)
Bundeli
(200)
Mewari
(200)
Braj Bhasha
(200)
Bagri
(100)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (50,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari (19,000)
  Dhundari (16,000)
  Shekhawati (3,900)
  Marathi (1,800)
  Gujarati (1,600)
  Bengali (900)
  Kanauji (800)
  Merwari (700)
  Konkani (700)
  Kacchi (500)
  Awadhi (200)
  Bundeli (200)
  Mewari (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 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
58.51 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
41.49 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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