pronounced: mah-HOOR bahn-YAH
The Mahur Banias are a Hindu people who live in west and central India. The Banias are also called Vania or Mahajan. Their name is derived from Vaniji, which means "trader or merchant" in Sanskrit. Of the four major varnas or castes in Hinduism, Banias are in the third one, the Vaishyas. This caste cluster has always been about trade, business, and money lending. They were usually traders of grain and spices throughout history. Today Bania is a rather loose term, sometimes meaning caste and other times just business people. Despite their high incomes, the Banias have only modest status in the Hindu caste pyramid. Many Banias are moving to Banglalore, India's "Silicon Valley" to take advantage of the opportunities there.
The wealth of the Banias may be an obstacle in coming to know Christ. A Mahur may lose business if he or she becomes a follower of Christ.
Bibles, literature, Internet resources, and radio programs are available in the primary language of the Banias, Hindi.
A tiny number of Mahur have become believers. Pray that they are trained in the Bible and that their numbers multiply. * Pray that they will see that the only true wealth is the spiritual riches gained through a love relationship with Jesus Christ. * Pray that workers will be called to live among them and share Christ in a culturally relevant way. * Pray for a disciple-making movement to emerge among every Bania Mahur community.
"For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising." Isaiah 60:2-3
|People Name||Mahur Bania|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|