Bania Khedayata in India

The Bania Khedayata have only been reported in India
Population
66,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

It was either the hot and humid air of Mumbai or the anxiety of being in a crowded hospital waiting room that caused big beads of perspiration to form on Damayanti's furrowed brow. She wiped her face with the palu of her saree, while her husband, Krishna nodded off beside her.
Damayanti and Krishna had arrived in Mumbai the previous day from their small town in northern Gujarat. They didn't have much time to settle in; they had to go to the hospital the very next day so that Krishna could get needed medical treatment. They were staying at Shree Khadayata Bhavan Mandal, the boarding facility established by their Khadayata Bania community. They were most grateful for this facility which gave them a place to stay in the crowded city.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khadayatas are one of the sub groups of Gujarati speaking Banias. Their original family is said to have stemmed from the village of Khadat. In the early part of the previous century they organized themselves into a community that pooled their resources and strove for the betterment of their people. This included making scholarships available for poor students, building boarding facilities in large cities, and sometimes even taking care of the sick financially.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Khadayata people, who hold on dearly to their roots no matter where they live, will encounter God in a way so real that they will be able to turn to Him with all their hearts.


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: 2011-08-14
People Name General Bania Khedayata
People Name in Country Bania Khedayata
Population in India 66,000
World Population 66,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Vani, Vania, बनिया, खेडायता
People ID 19706
ROP3 Code 115158
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Gujarat
(65,000)
Maharashtra
(1,600)
Goa
(50)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Gujarat (65,000)
  Maharashtra (1,600)
  Goa (50)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (56,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(7,300)
Marathi
(1,600)
Kacchi
(1,400)
Khandesi
(60)
People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (56,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (7,300)
  Marathi (1,600)
  Kacchi (1,400)
  Khandesi (60)
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.41 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.59 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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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