Bania Porwal in India


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Introduction / History

"Rishabh! Don't ever forget our past!" The old man called to his grandson as he lounged on the couch. "Let me tell you about the time our ancestors built the Adinath Temple. It was the year 961 AD by the time they even finished…" he began. He went on to describe the details of how they built the impressive Jain temple, despite many obstacles. The boy settled himself in to hear the story yet again.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Porwal (also called Porvad or Porwad) are a community of Banias who, long ago, were great in number and in riches. They built many of the most famous Jain temples. Now other Jain communities are larger and wealthier than the Porwals. They are still a wealthy people, but their numbers have fallen when compared to the other Jain groups around them. Today they number less than four million out of India's more than 1,215,000,000 people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Far smaller is the number of Christ followers among them. Their Jain beliefs offer them some good moral guidelines regarding the sanctity of life. But without a church or a Bible or any appropriate evangelistic tools, the Porwals remain without knowledge of a Savior who offers not only solid moral teachings about the importance of life, but also the chance to have a personal relationship with the God who created them.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Porwal people will soon get to hear the good news that Jesus Christ died for their sins.


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: 2011-08-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-18
People Name General Bania Porwal
People Name in Country Bania Porwal
Population in India 326,000
World Population 327,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Bania Seth, Jangada, Jangada Porwal, Marwadi, Parwar, Ponwar, Porwad, Porwal, Porwal Jain, Porwar, Purwar, बनिया, पोरवाल
People ID 19719
ROP3 Code 115172
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
72,000
Maharashtra
54,000
Gujarat
45,000
Uttar Pradesh
31,000
Madhya Pradesh
26,000
West Bengal
23,000
Andhra Pradesh
18,000
Assam
14,000
Delhi
7,200
Telangana
7,100
Tamil Nadu
4,600
Punjab
4,300
Karnataka
3,700
Chhattisgarh
3,100
Jharkhand
2,900
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 72,000
  Maharashtra 54,000
  Gujarat 45,000
  Uttar Pradesh 31,000
  Madhya Pradesh 26,000
  West Bengal 23,000
  Andhra Pradesh 18,000
  Assam 14,000
  Delhi 7,200
  Telangana 7,100
  Tamil Nadu 4,600
  Punjab 4,300
  Karnataka 3,700
  Chhattisgarh 3,100
  Jharkhand 2,900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (143,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
57,000
Marwari
52,000
Dhundari
12,000
Marathi
11,000
Bengali
8,700
Telugu
7,000
Mewari
5,600
Nimadi
3,900
Merwari
3,600
Bhojpuri
3,100
Kacchi
2,800
Konkani
2,800
Shekhawati
2,700
Bagri
1,400
Assamese
1,400
Primary Language Hindi (143,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 57,000
  Marwari 52,000
  Dhundari 12,000
  Marathi 11,000
  Bengali 8,700
  Telugu 7,000
  Mewari 5,600
  Nimadi 3,900
  Merwari 3,600
  Bhojpuri 3,100
  Kacchi 2,800
  Konkani 2,800
  Shekhawati 2,700
  Bagri 1,400
  Assamese 1,400
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: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
69.30 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
30.70 %
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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