Khandelwal Bania in India

The Khandelwal Bania have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Bania Khandelwal in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

Additional Info
Bania profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-12
People Name General Bania Khandelwal
People Name in Country Bania Khandelwal
Natural Name Khandelwal Bania
Population this Country 111,000
Population all Countries 111,000
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Rajasthan
51,000
Uttar Pradesh
31,000
Madhya Pradesh
9,600
Maharashtra
5,700
West Bengal
5,300
Gujarat
3,600
Delhi
1,000
Odisha
700
Punjab
600
Assam
600
Uttarakhand
200
Telangana
200
Jammu and Kashmir
70
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Rajasthan 51,000
  Uttar Pradesh 31,000
  Madhya Pradesh 9,600
  Maharashtra 5,700
  West Bengal 5,300
  Gujarat 3,600
  Delhi 1,000
  Odisha 700
  Punjab 600
  Assam 600
  Uttarakhand 200
  Telangana 200
  Jammu and Kashmir 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (49,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Marwari
20,000
Dhundari
13,000
Shekhawati
3,600
Marathi
2,000
Gujarati
1,800
Bengali
1,100
Kanauji
1,000
Konkani
700
Kacchi
500
Awadhi
200
Braj Bhasha
200
Bundeli
200
Mewari
200
Bagri
100
Primary Language Hindi (49,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 20,000
  Dhundari 13,000
  Shekhawati 3,600
  Marathi 2,000
  Gujarati 1,800
  Bengali 1,100
  Kanauji 1,000
  Konkani 700
  Kacchi 500
  Awadhi 200
  Braj Bhasha 200
  Bundeli 200
  Mewari 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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
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
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
62.15 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
37.85 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more