"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."
There are over 139,000 Raunair Banias living mainly in northern India where many have prosperous lives due to profitable businesses and professions.
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.
* Scripture Prayers for the Bania Rauniar in Nepal.
* 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.
Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|People Name General||Bania Rauniar|
|People Name in Country||Bania Rauniar|
|Natural Name||Rauniar Bania|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bailkachnath; Nauniyar; Pachanaha; Purbia; Raunihar; Roniaur; Roniyar; बनिया, रऔनिअर|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||32 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bhojpuri (1,600 speakers)|
|Language Code||bho Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Bhojpuri
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1998-2006)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Bhojpuri|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|