Bania, Oswal in India


Population
460,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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)


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-02
People Name General Bania, Oswal
People Name in Country Bania, Oswal
Population in India 460,000
World Population 460,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
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
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 24
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (132,000) Gujarat (81,000) Rajasthan (77,000)
Madhya Pradesh (68,000) West Bengal (16,000) Delhi (15,000)
Uttar Pradesh (13,000) Assam (11,000) Andhra Pradesh (11,000)
Tamil Nadu (8,600) Chhattisgarh (5,700) Telangana (4,400)
Haryana (3,500) Jharkhand (3,100) Punjab (3,000)
Karnataka (2,900) Odisha (1,700) Uttarakhand (1,300)
Chandigarh (600) Kerala (400)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 24  (only 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (132,000) Gujarat (81,000)
Rajasthan (77,000) Madhya Pradesh (68,000)
West Bengal (16,000) Delhi (15,000)
Uttar Pradesh (13,000) Assam (11,000)
Andhra Pradesh (11,000) Tamil Nadu (8,600)
Chhattisgarh (5,700) Telangana (4,400)
Haryana (3,500) Jharkhand (3,100)
Punjab (3,000) Karnataka (2,900)
Odisha (1,700) Uttarakhand (1,300)
Chandigarh (600) Kerala (400)
Primary Language: Hindi (168,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 24
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (126,000) Marwari (84,000) Marathi (20,000)
Dhundari (12,000) Kacchi (9,800) Merwari (4,200)
Bengali (3,700) Mewari (3,000) Telugu (1,700)
Konkani (1,600) Chhattisgarhi (1,300) Shekhawati (1,300)
Malvi (1,200) Bhojpuri (900) Bagri (600)
Kanauji (500) Punjabi, Eastern (400) Saurashtra (300)
Sindhi (100) Assamese (90)
Primary Language: Hindi (168,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 24
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (126,000) Marwari (84,000)
Marathi (20,000) Dhundari (12,000)
Kacchi (9,800) Merwari (4,200)
Bengali (3,700) Mewari (3,000)
Telugu (1,700) Konkani (1,600)
Chhattisgarhi (1,300) Shekhawati (1,300)
Malvi (1,200) Bhojpuri (900)
Bagri (600) Kanauji (500)
Punjabi, Eastern (400) Saurashtra (300)
Sindhi (100) Assamese (90)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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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 Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
34.19 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
65.81 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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