Porwal 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

"Rishabh! Don't ever forget our past!" The old man called to his grandson as he lounged on the couch. "Let me tell you about the time our ancestors built the Adinath Temple. It was the year 961 AD by the time they even finished…" he began. He went on to describe the details of how they built the impressive Jain temple, despite many obstacles. The boy settled himself in to hear the story yet again.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Porwal (also called Porvad or Porwad) are a community of Banias who, long ago, were great in number and in riches. They built many of the most famous Jain temples. Now other Jain communities are larger and wealthier than the Porwals. They are still a wealthy people, but their numbers have fallen when compared to the other Jain groups around them. Today they number less than four million out of India's more than 1,215,000,000 people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Far smaller is the number of Christ followers among them. Their Jain beliefs offer them some good moral guidelines regarding the sanctity of life. But without a church or a Bible or any appropriate evangelistic tools, the Porwals remain without knowledge of a Savior who offers not only solid moral teachings about the importance of life, but also the chance to have a personal relationship with the God who created them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bania Porwal in India.

Pray that the Porwal people will soon get to hear the good news that Jesus Christ died for their sins.


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: 2011-08-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-18
People Name General Bania Porwal
People Name in Country Bania Porwal
Natural Name Porwal Bania
Population this Country 329,000
Population all Countries 331,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Bania Seth; Jangada; Jangada Porwal; Marwadi; Parwar; Ponwar; Porwad; Porwal; Porwal Jain; Porwar; Purwar; बनिया, पोरवाल
People ID 19719
ROP3 Code 115172
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
72,000
Maharashtra
56,000
Gujarat
44,000
Uttar Pradesh
32,000
Madhya Pradesh
27,000
West Bengal
24,000
Andhra Pradesh
17,000
Assam
14,000
Delhi
7,200
Telangana
7,100
Tamil Nadu
4,600
Punjab
4,400
Karnataka
3,700
Chhattisgarh
3,700
Jharkhand
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 72,000
  Maharashtra 56,000
  Gujarat 44,000
  Uttar Pradesh 32,000
  Madhya Pradesh 27,000
  West Bengal 24,000
  Andhra Pradesh 17,000
  Assam 14,000
  Delhi 7,200
  Telangana 7,100
  Tamil Nadu 4,600
  Punjab 4,400
  Karnataka 3,700
  Chhattisgarh 3,700
  Jharkhand 3,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (146,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
55,000
Marwari
54,000
Marathi
17,000
Dhundari
12,000
Bengali
8,900
Telugu
7,500
Mewari
5,700
Nimadi
3,400
Bhojpuri
3,200
Kacchi
2,800
Konkani
2,800
Shekhawati
2,800
Bagri
1,400
Assamese
1,400
Malvi
1,100
Primary Language Hindi (146,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 55,000
  Marwari 54,000
  Marathi 17,000
  Dhundari 12,000
  Bengali 8,900
  Telugu 7,500
  Mewari 5,700
  Nimadi 3,400
  Bhojpuri 3,200
  Kacchi 2,800
  Konkani 2,800
  Shekhawati 2,800
  Bagri 1,400
  Assamese 1,400
  Malvi 1,100
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
69.72 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
30.28 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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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