Bais Bania in India


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Introduction / History

Their name means "one who occupies the soil." For many generations the Bais have been both powerful and wealthy.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In the world's eyes the Bais find themselves much admired, but also resented. They are a proud people known for their wealth and entrepreneurism. In the spiritual realm, however, the Bais Banias are poverty stricken.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As wealthy Hindus, the Bais Banias are usually not spiritually minded. Some perform Hindu rituals to gain favor in the spiritual realm. Others are attracted to Hindu philosophy. Most are too grounded in the here and now to take much thought to their spiritual lives.


What Are Their Needs?

Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles keeping the Bais from knowing God is their standing in society. Like other people of high status, they find it difficult to admit their sins, surrender themselves to God, and receive his gift of salvation. Like the rich young ruler, many refuse to risk their status and wealth for eternity in Paradise.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Bais to be granted the humility necessary to accept Christ as their lord and savior.
Ask God to thrust forth workers to this people group who can communicate the gospel in a way the Bais can clearly understand.
Pray for the believers among the Bais to boldly share their faith.


Scripture Prayers for the Bania Bais in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bania Bais
People Name in Country Bania Bais
Natural Name Bais Bania
Alternate Names Bais; Baisaya; Baish; Baishaya; Bania; Bashhi; Maheshwari; Podar; Said; Sandri; Suri; Vyas; बनिया, बैस
Population this Country 156,000
Population all Countries 157,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 19691
ROP3 Code 115143
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 8
Largest States
Bihar
56,000
West Bengal
51,000
Odisha
32,000
Assam
12,000
Jharkhand
4,000
Tripura
500
Andaman and Nicobar
200
Haryana
50
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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 8
  Bihar 56,000
  West Bengal 51,000
  Odisha 32,000
  Assam 12,000
  Jharkhand 4,000
  Tripura 500
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
  Haryana 50
Website South Asia Peoples
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.
Primary Language Hindi (50,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Bengali
48,000
Odia
15,000
Maithili
14,000
Assamese
4,300
Bhojpuri
100
Chhattisgarhi
60
Primary Language Hindi (50,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 48,000
  Odia 15,000
  Maithili 14,000
  Assamese 4,300
  Bhojpuri 100
  Chhattisgarhi 60
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  (1818-2022)
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