Bania Oswal in India


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Introduction / History

"Praise to Sachchika!" Niriksha, an Oswal seamstress, smiled with a dancing heart as she was handed another order for the appliqué style of wedding canopy her family made. All the orders for the special embroidery ensured her already successful business could expand into new shops. She would announce the news at the party tonight.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Oswal Bania community is made up of four to five million people. They are mostly found in Rajasthan, Punjab, and other nearby areas of northern India. Oswals are indispensable for the Indian economy, and tend to fare well in business. They are the wealthy and very influential in business, industry, and society. The Oswals are known for commemorating their festivals with celebration, color, and song.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although most Oswals follow Jain religious teachings, some are more influenced by Hinduism. According to Jain teaching, it is considered a sin to take a life. As a result, they are strict vegetarians. Their goddess, Sachchika, is often their family deity. The Oswals have no church, and there are no evangelistic outreaches among them; as far as we know there are no Oswal believers.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Oswal people to hear about Jesus through evangelistic Internet, radio, and literature efforts.
* Pray that He will send missionaries to this unreached people group so the love of God an shine upon them.


References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-19
People Name General Bania Oswal
People Name in Country Bania Oswal
Population in India 422,000
World Population 422,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Marwadi, Oswal Jain Bania, बनिया, ओसवाल
People ID 19718
ROP3 Code 115171
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)
Maharashtra
127,000
Gujarat
77,000
Madhya Pradesh
64,000
Rajasthan
60,000
West Bengal
16,000
Delhi
14,000
Uttar Pradesh
12,000
Andhra Pradesh
11,000
Assam
9,900
Tamil Nadu
8,300
Chhattisgarh
5,500
Telangana
3,100
Punjab
2,800
Jharkhand
2,800
Karnataka
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)
  Maharashtra 127,000
  Gujarat 77,000
  Madhya Pradesh 64,000
  Rajasthan 60,000
  West Bengal 16,000
  Delhi 14,000
  Uttar Pradesh 12,000
  Andhra Pradesh 11,000
  Assam 9,900
  Tamil Nadu 8,300
  Chhattisgarh 5,500
  Telangana 3,100
  Punjab 2,800
  Jharkhand 2,800
  Karnataka 2,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (162,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
124,000
Marwari
76,000
Marathi
20,000
Kacchi
9,500
Dhundari
8,300
Mewari
4,400
Merwari
4,200
Bengali
3,500
Telugu
1,700
Konkani
1,600
Chhattisgarhi
1,300
Malvi
1,200
Shekhawati
1,100
Bhojpuri
900
Bagri
600
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (162,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 124,000
  Marwari 76,000
  Marathi 20,000
  Kacchi 9,500
  Dhundari 8,300
  Mewari 4,400
  Merwari 4,200
  Bengali 3,500
  Telugu 1,700
  Konkani 1,600
  Chhattisgarhi 1,300
  Malvi 1,200
  Shekhawati 1,100
  Bhojpuri 900
  Bagri 600
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 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 (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 Father's 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: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Jainism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
31.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
68.10 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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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