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Bania Mahesri in India

Bania Mahesri

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
439,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bania Mahesri in India

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Introduction / History
The Maheshwari of India are Hindus who worship Shiva. They speak Mawari and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. They are vegetarians who eat wheat as a cereal. Trading is their main work. Some of them work for the government and some work privately.

In Rajasthan, the Maheshwari are monogamous. Widows cannot marry again. Marriage is at the home of the home of the bride with a Brahmin priest performing the ceremony. Sons inherit the property on the death of the father with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The dead are cremated. They have caste councils to look after them and to judge in matters. They use modern medicines and family planning too.

In Maharashtra many of them are self-employed. Those in the villages tend to do agricultural work. They are well-educated.

In Madhya Pradesh they have adult marriages that are arranged by parents. Men can marry again.

The Maheshwari also live in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Maheshwari caste councils will come to Jesus Christ and lead others among them to Him.
Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-19
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:439,000
Largest States:
Rajasthan (102,000)Uttar Pradesh (85,000)
Madhya Pradesh (64,000)Maharashtra (34,000)
Andhra Pradesh (29,000)Gujarat (28,000)
West Bengal (27,000)Assam (20,000)
Telangana (9,900)Chhattisgarh (7,100)
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People Name in Country: Bania Mahesri
People Name General: Bania Mahesri
Alternate People Names:
बनिया, महेसरी
ROP3 Code: 115164
Joshua Project People ID: 19712
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 439,000
Population all Countries: 440,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Bania
People Name General: Bania Mahesri
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (203,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (67,000)Gujarati (19,000)
Telugu (15,000)Dhundari (12,000)
Bengali (10,000)Marathi (9,300)
Bagri (7,800)Assamese (5,600)
Mewari (4,100)Bhojpuri (3,700)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 28
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.91 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.09 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
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Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Hindi
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Bania Mahesri in India

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