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

* Scripture Prayers for the Bania Porwal in India.

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 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-18
People Name General Bania Porwal
People Name in Country Bania Porwal
World Population 330,000
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
73,000
Maharashtra
55,000
Gujarat
45,000
Uttar Pradesh
32,000
Madhya Pradesh
27,000
West Bengal
24,000
Andhra Pradesh
17,000
Assam
14,000
Delhi
7,300
Telangana
7,100
Tamil Nadu
4,600
Punjab
4,400
Karnataka
3,600
Chhattisgarh
3,100
Jharkhand
2,900
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 73,000
  Maharashtra 55,000
  Gujarat 45,000
  Uttar Pradesh 32,000
  Madhya Pradesh 27,000
  West Bengal 24,000
  Andhra Pradesh 17,000
  Assam 14,000
  Delhi 7,300
  Telangana 7,100
  Tamil Nadu 4,600
  Punjab 4,400
  Karnataka 3,600
  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 30
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
56,000
Marwari
50,000
Marathi
12,000
Dhundari
12,000
Bengali
8,900
Telugu
7,200
Mewari
5,500
Merwari
3,600
Nimadi
3,400
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 30
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 56,000
  Marwari 50,000
  Marathi 12,000
  Dhundari 12,000
  Bengali 8,900
  Telugu 7,200
  Mewari 5,500
  Merwari 3,600
  Nimadi 3,400
  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 (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
69.17 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
30.83 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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.