Modh Bania in India

The Bania Modh have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Kirti, a little Modh Bania girl, stood petrified beside her devout mother. With eyes closed, the woman chanted slokas to the Hindu deity with 18 hands. In the imagination of little Kirti, the idol took on life, and its piercing eyes seemed to follow them as her mother walked around the temple.
On their way home Kirti was a different person. Shedding her frightened demeanor, she skipped and hopped beside her mother. "Why were you not praying in the temple, Kirti?" asked her mother. Referencing the idol the little girl replied, "The face of Modheshwari Mata frightens me." "Hush! You will anger the gods, and we will encounter misfortune if you speak like that," chided her distraught mother, who herself was always on edge. She was worried that the health and well-being of her family depended on the whim of the gods.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The wealthy Modh people deal in real estate and jewelry. They once lived only in the northern part of Gujarat state in a small town called Modhera, which derived its name from the Modheshwari Mata temple and the community around it. The Modh are now dispersed throughout India and other countries.
Some of the more famous Modhs are Mohandas Ghandi, popularly known as the Mahatma Ghandi, and Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of the Reliance Conglomerate, whom Forbes identifies as one of the wealthiest men in the world.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bania Modh in India.

Pray that the Modh Banias would acknowledge Christ Jesus as the source of hope and provision for humanity.


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: 2011-08-16
People Name General Bania Modh
People Name in Country Bania Modh
Natural Name Modh Bania
Population this Country 88,000
Population all Countries 88,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Adalja; Ghoghva; Mandalia; Soni; बनिया, मोढ़
People ID 19715
ROP3 Code 115167
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 9
Largest States
Gujarat
65,000
Rajasthan
14,000
Maharashtra
4,300
Delhi
1,600
Madhya Pradesh
1,600
West Bengal
800
Telangana
400
Punjab
90
Daman and Diu
90
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 9
  Gujarat 65,000
  Rajasthan 14,000
  Maharashtra 4,300
  Delhi 1,600
  Madhya Pradesh 1,600
  West Bengal 800
  Telangana 400
  Punjab 90
  Daman and Diu 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (53,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Hindi
13,000
Marwari
4,700
Dhundari
3,100
Marathi
1,000
Mewari
200
Shekhawati
200
Bengali
60
Konkani
50
Primary Language Gujarati (53,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 13,000
  Marwari 4,700
  Dhundari 3,100
  Marathi 1,000
  Mewari 200
  Shekhawati 200
  Bengali 60
  Konkani 50
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.75 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.25 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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