Bania Modh in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania Modh only in India
Population
80,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Kirti, a little Modh Bania girl, stood petrified beside her devout mother. With eyes closed, the woman chanted slokas to the Hindu deity with 18 hands. In the imagination of little Kirti, the idol took on life, and its piercing eyes seemed to follow them as her mother walked around the temple.
On their way home Kirti was a different person. Shedding her frightened demeanor, she skipped and hopped beside her mother. "Why were you not praying in the temple, Kirti?" asked her mother. Referencing the idol the little girl replied, "The face of Modheshwari Mata frightens me." "Hush! You will anger the gods, and we will encounter misfortune if you speak like that," chided her distraught mother, who herself was always on edge. She was worried that the health and well-being of her family depended on the whim of the gods.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The wealthy Modh people deal in real estate and jewelry. They once lived only in the northern part of Gujarat state in a small town called Modhera, which derived its name from the Modheshwari Mata temple and the community around it. The Modh are now dispersed throughout India and other countries.
Some of the more famous Modhs are Mohandas Ghandi, popularly known as the Mahatma Ghandi, and Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of the Reliance Conglomerate, whom Forbes identifies as one of the wealthiest men in the world.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Modh Banias would acknowledge Christ Jesus as the source of hope and provision for humanity.


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: 2011-08-16
People Name General Bania Modh
People Name in Country Bania Modh
Population in India 80,000
World Population 80,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Adalja, Ghoghva, Mandalia, Soni, बनिया, मोढ़
People ID 19715
ROP3 Code 115167
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 9
Largest States
Gujarat
(60,000)
Rajasthan
(13,000)
Maharashtra
(3,800)
Madhya Pradesh
(1,600)
Delhi
(1,500)
West Bengal
(700)
Telangana
(400)
Daman and Diu
(80)
Punjab
(80)
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 9
  Gujarat (60,000)
  Rajasthan (13,000)
  Maharashtra (3,800)
  Madhya Pradesh (1,600)
  Delhi (1,500)
  West Bengal (700)
  Telangana (400)
  Daman and Diu (80)
  Punjab (80)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (54,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(13,000)
Dhundari
(4,100)
Marwari
(3,700)
Marathi
(900)
Mewari
(200)
Shekhawati
(200)
Bengali
(60)
Konkani
(50)
People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (54,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (13,000)
  Dhundari (4,100)
  Marwari (3,700)
  Marathi (900)
  Mewari (200)
  Shekhawati (200)
  Bengali (60)
  Konkani (50)
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 Gods 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
99.75 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.25 %
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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