Porwal Bania in India

The Porwal Bania have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are still a wealthy people, but their numbers have fallen when compared to the other groups around them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many are Jains, but most are Hindu. Jainism began as a reformist version of Hinduism. For that reason, one cannot use a blanket statement to describe the religious beliefs of the Porwal Bania community.


What Are Their Needs?

The Porwal Bania people need to see Christ high and lifted up. He is the only one who can offer them the spiritual guidance they need for eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Porwal people will soon get to hear the good news that Jesus Christ died for their sins.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out the right workers to the Porwal Bania community.
Pray for many from the Bania community to embrace the only savior no matter what the cost.


Scripture Prayers for the Bania Porwal in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bania Porwal
People Name in Country Bania Porwal
Natural Name Porwal Bania
Alternate Names Bania Seth; Jangada; Jangada Porwal; Marwadi; Parwar; Ponwar; Porwad; Porwal; Porwal Jain; Porwar; Purwar; बनिया, पोरवाल
Population this Country 396,000
Population all Countries 396,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
People ID 19719
ROP3 Code 115172
ROP25 Code 300836
ROP25 Name Bania
Country India
Region Asia, South
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
85,000
Maharashtra
67,000
Gujarat
52,000
Uttar Pradesh
39,000
Madhya Pradesh
32,000
West Bengal
28,000
Andhra Pradesh
20,000
Assam
18,000
Telangana
8,500
Delhi
8,500
Tamil Nadu
5,400
Punjab
5,200
Karnataka
4,400
Chhattisgarh
4,400
Jharkhand
3,600
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 85,000
  Maharashtra 67,000
  Gujarat 52,000
  Uttar Pradesh 39,000
  Madhya Pradesh 32,000
  West Bengal 28,000
  Andhra Pradesh 20,000
  Assam 18,000
  Telangana 8,500
  Delhi 8,500
  Tamil Nadu 5,400
  Punjab 5,200
  Karnataka 4,400
  Chhattisgarh 4,400
  Jharkhand 3,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
69.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
30.10 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (142,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
55,000
Marwari (India)
54,000
Marathi
17,000
Bengali
13,000
Dhundari
12,000
Telugu
7,600
Mewari
5,700
Nimadi
3,400
Bhojpuri
3,300
Kacchi
2,800
Konkani
2,800
Shekhawati
2,800
Assamese
2,700
Bagri
1,400
Kanauji
1,300
Primary Language Hindi (142,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 55,000
  Marwari (India) 54,000
  Marathi 17,000
  Bengali 13,000
  Dhundari 12,000
  Telugu 7,600
  Mewari 5,700
  Nimadi 3,400
  Bhojpuri 3,300
  Kacchi 2,800
  Konkani 2,800
  Shekhawati 2,800
  Assamese 2,700
  Bagri 1,400
  Kanauji 1,300
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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