Bania, Mahesri in India


Population
374,000
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
People Name General Bania, Mahesri
People Name in Country Bania, Mahesri
Population in India 374,000
World Population 376,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
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
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
(92,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(72,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(56,000)
Maharashtra
(29,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(26,000)
Gujarat
(26,000)
West Bengal
(24,000)
Assam
(15,000)
Telangana
(8,800)
Delhi
(5,700)
Chhattisgarh
(3,500)
Odisha
(2,900)
Tamil Nadu
(2,800)
Uttarakhand
(2,700)
Punjab
(2,700)
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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan (92,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (72,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (56,000)
  Maharashtra (29,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (26,000)
  Gujarat (26,000)
  West Bengal (24,000)
  Assam (15,000)
  Telangana (8,800)
  Delhi (5,700)
  Chhattisgarh (3,500)
  Odisha (2,900)
  Tamil Nadu (2,800)
  Uttarakhand (2,700)
  Punjab (2,700)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (197,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
(59,000)
Gujarati
(21,000)
Dhundari
(14,000)
Telugu
(13,000)
Merwari
(9,600)
Bengali
(8,800)
Bagri
(8,300)
Marathi
(5,700)
Mewari
(4,200)
Assamese
(3,600)
Bhojpuri
(3,300)
Shekhawati
(3,100)
Kanauji
(1,500)
Saurashtra
(1,300)
Awadhi
(1,300)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (197,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari (59,000)
  Gujarati (21,000)
  Dhundari (14,000)
  Telugu (13,000)
  Merwari (9,600)
  Bengali (8,800)
  Bagri (8,300)
  Marathi (5,700)
  Mewari (4,200)
  Assamese (3,600)
  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
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
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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