Oswal Bania in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

"Praise to Sachchika!" Niriksha, an Oswal seamstress, smiled with a dancing heart as she was handed another order for the appliqué style of wedding canopy her family made. All the orders for the special embroidery ensured her already successful business could expand into new shops. She would announce the news at the party tonight.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Oswal Bania community is made up of four to five million people. They are mostly found in Rajasthan, Punjab, and other nearby areas of northern India. Oswals are indispensable for the Indian economy, and tend to fare well in business. They are the wealthy and very influential in business, industry, and society. The Oswals are known for commemorating their festivals with celebration, color, and song.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although most Oswals follow Jain religious teachings, some are more influenced by Hinduism. According to Jain teaching, it is considered a sin to take a life. As a result, they are strict vegetarians. Their goddess, Sachchika, is often their family deity. The Oswals have no church, and there are no evangelistic outreaches among them; as far as we know there are no Oswal believers.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bania Oswal in India.

Pray for the Oswal people to hear about Jesus through evangelistic Internet, radio, and literature efforts.
Pray that He will send missionaries to this unreached people group so the love of God an shine upon them.


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: 2011-08-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-19
People Name General Bania Oswal
People Name in Country Bania Oswal
Natural Name Oswal Bania
Population this Country 489,000
Population all Countries 490,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Marwadi; Oswal Jain Bania; बनिया, ओसवाल
People ID 19718
ROP3 Code 115171
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 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
149,000
Gujarat
89,000
Madhya Pradesh
74,000
Rajasthan
69,000
West Bengal
19,000
Delhi
16,000
Uttar Pradesh
14,000
Assam
12,000
Tamil Nadu
8,700
Andhra Pradesh
8,700
Chhattisgarh
6,900
Telangana
3,400
Punjab
3,300
Karnataka
3,100
Haryana
3,000
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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 149,000
  Gujarat 89,000
  Madhya Pradesh 74,000
  Rajasthan 69,000
  West Bengal 19,000
  Delhi 16,000
  Uttar Pradesh 14,000
  Assam 12,000
  Tamil Nadu 8,700
  Andhra Pradesh 8,700
  Chhattisgarh 6,900
  Telangana 3,400
  Punjab 3,300
  Karnataka 3,100
  Haryana 3,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (157,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
121,000
Marwari
71,000
Marathi
33,000
Kacchi
9,500
Dhundari
8,300
Mewari
4,600
Bengali
4,200
Telugu
2,300
Chhattisgarhi
1,600
Konkani
1,600
Malvi
1,200
Shekhawati
1,100
Bhojpuri
1,000
Assamese
800
Bagri
600
Primary Language Hindi (157,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 121,000
  Marwari 71,000
  Marathi 33,000
  Kacchi 9,500
  Dhundari 8,300
  Mewari 4,600
  Bengali 4,200
  Telugu 2,300
  Chhattisgarhi 1,600
  Konkani 1,600
  Malvi 1,200
  Shekhawati 1,100
  Bhojpuri 1,000
  Assamese 800
  Bagri 600
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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
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 Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
32.44 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
67.56 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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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


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