Agrahari Bania in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Hiralal's face turned red with rage. His son had just asked him to seek a marriage agreement with the daughter of Mr. Sandeep Gupta. Ordinarily this would have been a joyful time. He would proudly arrange the meeting and begin the process leading to a wedding.
Hiralal's family runs a successful business near Delhi. The Guptas also have their own lucrative enterprise. But Hiralal is from the Agrahari people. The Guptas are from the Agarwals. Centuries ago the two groups were joined in the same caste. At some point a disagreement arose. No one remembers the cause, but now each group avoids the other. No one seems able to bring reconciliation between the two communities.


What Are Their Needs?

Any efforts to bring the message of Jesus to the Agraharis must remain sensitive to the differences between the Agrawals and the Agrahari groups. It is not enough to be sensitive to Hindu culture. The evangelist must respect the specific distinctions of the different groups.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit will win some from each of these two groups and use them to bring peace and reconciliation that will draw others to the Prince of Peace.
Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send believers from the Agrahari group to reap souls from their own people.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir a hunger and thirst for a righteousness that can only come from the true God of the universe.


Scripture Prayers for the Bania Agrahari in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

Additional Info
Bania profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-05
People Name General Bania Agrahari
People Name in Country Bania Agrahari
Natural Name Agrahari Bania
Population this Country 385,000
Population all Countries 388,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Agrahari bania; Agrahari Baniya; Agrahri; Agrari; बनिया, आग्रहरी
People ID 19689
ROP3 Code 115141
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
292,000
West Bengal
22,000
Bihar
19,000
Assam
17,000
Madhya Pradesh
11,000
Delhi
6,700
Uttarakhand
4,100
Chhattisgarh
3,300
Maharashtra
2,000
Jharkhand
1,800
Tripura
1,300
Andhra Pradesh
700
Telangana
400
Chandigarh
200
Odisha
80
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 17
  Uttar Pradesh 292,000
  West Bengal 22,000
  Bihar 19,000
  Assam 17,000
  Madhya Pradesh 11,000
  Delhi 6,700
  Uttarakhand 4,100
  Chhattisgarh 3,300
  Maharashtra 2,000
  Jharkhand 1,800
  Tripura 1,300
  Andhra Pradesh 700
  Telangana 400
  Chandigarh 200
  Odisha 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (258,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
40,000
Bengali
9,800
Awadhi
6,300
Assamese
6,200
Kanauji
1,100
Angika
800
Chhattisgarhi
700
Bundeli
700
Bagheli
600
Marathi
500
Garhwali
300
Malvi
200
Gujarati
100
Kumaoni
100
Meitei
100
Primary Language Hindi (258,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 40,000
  Bengali 9,800
  Awadhi 6,300
  Assamese 6,200
  Kanauji 1,100
  Angika 800
  Chhattisgarhi 700
  Bundeli 700
  Bagheli 600
  Marathi 500
  Garhwali 300
  Malvi 200
  Gujarati 100
  Kumaoni 100
  Meitei 100
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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more