Bania Mahajan in India


Population
184,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Their name is Mahajan, a Bania subgroup of north India, meaning "great people." Maha means "great" and jan means "people." Most of the 322,000 Mahajans come from present-day Rajasthan. Historically, they are a people who fled into the foothills of the Himalayas during the Mogul Era to escape from cruel Islamic rulers. Most Mahajans today speak Hindi, but Marathi, Punjabi, and Dogri are also spoken among them.


Where Are they Located?

Though they are most commonly found in Rajasthan, Mahajans live throughout India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The name Mahajan is found among castes outside the Bania fold. In some states Mahajan is not used as a family name, but as a title. For others, Mahajan means "elder." In all cases, high status and often high caste comes with the Mahajan name.
An economically and socially powerful people, they are highly respected by Hindu society. In the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Maharashtra, Mahajans work as landlords, traders, and businessmen. Ironically, few Mahajans are involved in money lending, a primary job of Banias.


Prayer Points

* Ask the heavenly Father to connect the Hindu Mahajans with Christ followers.
* Pray that they will realize that their power and prestige can only bring peace and joy if they have a personal relationship with their real Creator, the one true living God.
* Pray that they would have a desire to serve and respect Him as Lord of their lives and of their business practices.


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: 2011-08-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-08
People Name General Bania Mahajan
People Name in Country Bania Mahajan
Population in India 184,000
World Population 185,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Mahajan, बनिया, महाजन
People ID 19711
ROP3 Code 115163
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 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
(41,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(35,000)
Gujarat
(17,000)
Maharashtra
(16,000)
West Bengal
(16,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(16,000)
Assam
(9,700)
Madhya Pradesh
(6,400)
Telangana
(6,000)
Delhi
(4,100)
Uttarakhand
(3,900)
Jammu and Kashmir
(2,700)
Odisha
(2,500)
Punjab
(2,000)
Haryana
(1,800)
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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan (41,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (35,000)
  Gujarat (17,000)
  Maharashtra (16,000)
  West Bengal (16,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (16,000)
  Assam (9,700)
  Madhya Pradesh (6,400)
  Telangana (6,000)
  Delhi (4,100)
  Uttarakhand (3,900)
  Jammu and Kashmir (2,700)
  Odisha (2,500)
  Punjab (2,000)
  Haryana (1,800)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (97,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
(27,000)
Gujarati
(16,000)
Dhundari
(8,800)
Marathi
(8,800)
Telugu
(7,600)
Bengali
(4,400)
Assamese
(2,900)
Mewari
(2,200)
Bhojpuri
(2,100)
Shekhawati
(2,100)
Merwari
(1,300)
Saurashtra
(900)
Dogri
(800)
Kanauji
(600)
Bagri
(500)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (97,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari (27,000)
  Gujarati (16,000)
  Dhundari (8,800)
  Marathi (8,800)
  Telugu (7,600)
  Bengali (4,400)
  Assamese (2,900)
  Mewari (2,200)
  Bhojpuri (2,100)
  Shekhawati (2,100)
  Merwari (1,300)
  Saurashtra (900)
  Dogri (800)
  Kanauji (600)
  Bagri (500)
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 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 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
99.82 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.18 %
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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