Bania Mahesri in India


Population
359,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Maheshwari of India are Hindus who worship Shiva. They speak Mawari and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. They are vegetarians who eat wheat as a cereal. Trading is their main work. Some of them work for the government and some work privately.

In Rajasthan, the Maheshwari are monogamous. Widows cannot marry again. Marriage is at the home of the home of the bride with a Brahmin priest performing the ceremony. Sons inherit the property on the death of the father with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The dead are cremated. They have caste councils to look after them and to judge in matters. They use modern medicines and family planning too.

In Maharashtra many of them are self-employed. Those in the villages tend to do agricultural work. They are well-educated.

In Madhya Pradesh they have adult marriages that are arranged by parents. Men can marry again.

The Maheshwari also live in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Maheshwari caste councils will come to Jesus Christ and lead others among them to Him.
* Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-19
People Name General Bania Mahesri
People Name in Country Bania Mahesri
Population in India 359,000
World Population 361,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Maheshwari, Mahesri, Maheswari, Marwadi, बनिया, महेसरी
People ID 19712
ROP3 Code 115164
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 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
87,000
Uttar Pradesh
69,000
Madhya Pradesh
53,000
Maharashtra
28,000
Andhra Pradesh
25,000
Gujarat
25,000
West Bengal
23,000
Assam
14,000
Telangana
8,500
Delhi
5,700
Chhattisgarh
3,400
Odisha
2,800
Tamil Nadu
2,700
Uttarakhand
2,600
Punjab
2,600
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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 87,000
  Uttar Pradesh 69,000
  Madhya Pradesh 53,000
  Maharashtra 28,000
  Andhra Pradesh 25,000
  Gujarat 25,000
  West Bengal 23,000
  Assam 14,000
  Telangana 8,500
  Delhi 5,700
  Chhattisgarh 3,400
  Odisha 2,800
  Tamil Nadu 2,700
  Uttarakhand 2,600
  Punjab 2,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (196,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
61,000
Gujarati
21,000
Telugu
14,000
Dhundari
12,000
Merwari
9,600
Bengali
8,900
Bagri
7,700
Marathi
5,700
Mewari
4,200
Assamese
3,500
Bhojpuri
3,300
Shekhawati
3,100
Kanauji
1,500
Saurashtra
1,300
Awadhi
1,300
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (196,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 61,000
  Gujarati 21,000
  Telugu 14,000
  Dhundari 12,000
  Merwari 9,600
  Bengali 8,900
  Bagri 7,700
  Marathi 5,700
  Mewari 4,200
  Assamese 3,500
  Bhojpuri 3,300
  Shekhawati 3,100
  Kanauji 1,500
  Saurashtra 1,300
  Awadhi 1,300
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 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)
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
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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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