Bania Nagar in India

The Bania Nagar have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The overhead fan hummed softly and the aroma of spiced chai hung in the air as Indian mission leaders Jawahar and Pradeep discussed how to reach some of India's most unreached people groups. Jawahar asked, "How do we locate the Nagar Bania people?" Pradeep replied, "Go to Gujarat state where some 32,000 Nagar Banias reside.


Where Are they Located?

Out of the 57,000 Nagar population in all of India, Gujarat has the largest concentration of this people group. You are most likely to meet some of them in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's largest city."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Working as moneylenders or merchants, Nagar Banias can also be found (although in lesser numbers) in India's states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Goa.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nagar means "settlement." The Nagar Banias look to Hinduism for their spiritual answers.


Prayer Points

* Pray that they may find their "settlement" in God's eternal home.
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to visit the leaders of Nagar households and villages, as well as their spiritual leaders with His truth in a way they can understand.
* Ask God to anoint those working with the Nagars with wisdom and insight and with the love of Jesus.


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: 2011-08-26
People Name General Bania Nagar
People Name in Country Bania Nagar
World Population 43,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Nagda, बनिया, नगर
People ID 19716
ROP3 Code 115169
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 6
Largest States
Gujarat
31,000
Maharashtra
7,800
Rajasthan
2,600
Madhya Pradesh
800
Delhi
600
Andhra Pradesh
400
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 6
  Gujarat 31,000
  Maharashtra 7,800
  Rajasthan 2,600
  Madhya Pradesh 800
  Delhi 600
  Andhra Pradesh 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (37,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Hindi
3,200
Dhundari
1,300
Marwari
1,000
Marathi
300
Mewari
200
Shekhawati
50
Primary Language Gujarati (37,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 3,200
  Dhundari 1,300
  Marwari 1,000
  Marathi 300
  Mewari 200
  Shekhawati 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
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.84 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.16 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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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