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Bania Agrahari in India

Bania Agrahari

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
316,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bania Agrahari in India

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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.

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

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-05
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:316,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (244,000)West Bengal (18,000)
Bihar (16,000)Assam (13,000)
Madhya Pradesh (9,600)Delhi (5,700)
Uttarakhand (2,300)Chhattisgarh (1,900)
Jharkhand (1,500)Maharashtra (1,300)
Total States on file:17
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People Name in Country: Bania Agrahari
People Name General: Bania Agrahari
Alternate People Names:
Agrahari baniaAgrahari Baniya
बनिया, आग्रहरी
ROP3 Code: 115141
Joshua Project People ID: 19689
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 316,000
Population all Countries: 318,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bania
People Name General: Bania Agrahari
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (252,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (39,000)Bengali (9,200)
Awadhi (6,300)Assamese (4,900)
Kanauji (900)Angika (800)
Bundeli (700)Bagheli (600)
Chhattisgarhi (500)Marathi (300)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 17
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (
Film / VideoA Pilgrimage (
Film / VideoAasha - Hope (
Film / VideoCoconuts (
Film / VideoCreation to Christ (
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoHaqeeqat Episode 6 (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoTen Virgins (
Film / VideoThe Final Prodigal (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video: View in Hindi
Film / VideoThe Price of Life (
Film / VideoYeshu Satsang (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
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Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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