Bania Porwal in India


Population
328,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 

Prayer / Resource Links:
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 328,000
World Population 329,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Progress Scale 1
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 15  (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
(29,000)
West Bengal
(23,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(18,000)
Assam
(14,000)
Delhi
(7,200)
Telangana
(7,000)
Tamil Nadu
(4,600)
Punjab
(4,300)
Karnataka
(3,700)
Chhattisgarh
(3,000)
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 15  (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 (29,000)
  West Bengal (23,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (18,000)
  Assam (14,000)
  Delhi (7,200)
  Telangana (7,000)
  Tamil Nadu (4,600)
  Punjab (4,300)
  Karnataka (3,700)
  Chhattisgarh (3,000)
  Jharkhand (2,900)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (145,000 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)
Assamese
(1,400)
Bagri
(1,400)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (145,000 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)
  Assamese (1,400)
  Bagri (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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
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 Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
69.04 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
30.96 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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