Bania, Rauniar in India


Population
128,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

"Rupashi you are as beautiful as Lakshmi (the Hindu goddess of wealth, light, beauty, and good fortune)!" Maneesh, a Raunair Hindu, was admiring his wife as she completed her preparation for the Chauth Festival in which she will fast and pray for him. Rupashi's face was beaming as she replied, "I'm truly blessed to have you as my husband. You are like Lord Vishnu (the supreme Hindu god who sustains life) here on earth. Thank you for all the beautiful gifts you have given me." Manessh replied, "Because of your faithfulness, I have been successful and know my life will be prosperous and long."


Where Are they Located?

There are over 139,000 Raunair Banias living mainly in northern India where many have prosperous lives due to profitable businesses and professions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They devote their spiritual lives to Hindu gods like Lakshmi. By contrast, those who follow Christ know that true spirituality is found in knowing the One, True God. The One who created us can direct our lives so that those around us can see the fruit of His holiness, love, and guidance. Unfortunately, few Raunair Banias have contact with Christ's followers.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Christ's followers will reach out to them.
* Pray that Raunair Hindus will know who Jesus really is.
* Pray that they will understand that in Him comes the true blessings in life such as peace, joy, humbleness, long suffering, and love.


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: 2011-08-11
People Name General Bania, Rauniar
People Name in Country Bania, Rauniar
Population in India 128,000
World Population 131,300
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bailkachnath, Nauniyar, Pachanaha, Purbia, Raunihar, Roniaur, Roniyar, बनिया, रऔनिअर
People ID 19721
ROP3 Code 115174
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Bihar
(67,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(37,000)
West Bengal
(8,000)
Jharkhand
(6,500)
Assam
(5,800)
Delhi
(1,800)
Odisha
(1,100)
Uttarakhand
(500)
Tripura
(300)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Bihar (67,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (37,000)
  West Bengal (8,000)
  Jharkhand (6,500)
  Assam (5,800)
  Delhi (1,800)
  Odisha (1,100)
  Uttarakhand (500)
  Tripura (300)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (65,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(48,000)
Bengali
(5,200)
Assamese
(3,200)
Maithili
(2,200)
Odia
(700)
Awadhi
(70)
Kanauji
(50)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (65,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (48,000)
  Bengali (5,200)
  Assamese (3,200)
  Maithili (2,200)
  Odia (700)
  Awadhi (70)
  Kanauji (50)
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 of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 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
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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