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Bania - Meaning, People, Religion, Samaj, Gotra, Caste & History

Guru / Ideal Maharaja Agrasen, Shrinathji
Meaning Derived from the sanskrit 'Vanij', meaning 'A Merchant'
Religions Hinduism, Jainism
Languages Rajasthani, Marwari, Hindi, English, Hariyanvi, Sanskrit
Country India
Populated States Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal
Region South Asian
Population 40 Million
Surnames Aggarwal, Gupta, Lala, Seth, Vaish, Mahajan, Sahu, Sahukar, Singhal, Mittal, Bansal, Goenka, Jindal, Jhunjhunwala, Harishchandra, Bindal etc.
Alternative Names Vania
Place of Worship Hindu and Jain Temple
Festivals Agrasen Jayanti, Hindu and Jain Festivals

Who are Bania

Banias are classed as vaisyas, the third of the four great categories of hindu society. the bania, or baniya, are a community of hindu and jain religion. the word 'bania' is a generic term derived from the sanskrit word 'Vanij' meaning 'Merchant' or 'Trader'. the term 'bania' is widely used to identify members of the traditional mercantile or business castes of india. the Agrawal and Oswal are prominent bania castes of northern india, while the chettiar are a mercantile caste of the south.
Agrasen was a kshatriya king of the solar dynasty. those who adopted vaisya (third in the hindu varna system) for the benefit of their people. literally, agarwal means 'Children of Agrasen' or 'People of Agroha', a town in the ancient kuru panchala, near hisar in the haryana region, which was founded by agrasen. followers of maharaja agrasen are bania.

Merchants, bankers, money-lenders, owners of commercial enterprises, trade, jewellery-making and agriculture are the traditional occupations of the vania. both jains and vaishnavas banias are strictly vegetarian and are highly literate because of their need to keep accounts. charity is an important part of the bania ethic.
bania community is composed of several sub-castes including the agarwal banias, oswal banias, porwal banias and wani banias, among others.

Bania Gotra List

Gotra is part of caste not community and bania is community in which multiple castes exist. you can check gotra of Agrawal, Oswal.

Is Bania a high caste?

Bania community comes under upper caste (general) in india.

Popular Bania Surnames
AgrawalAgrahariLohiya
GoyalGargKucchal
KansalBindalDharan
SwadrkarGahoiLala
SinghalJindalMittal
JainGandhiBichpuriya
TingaTayalBansal
GuptaJhudeleKandele
BhandalNagalMangal
NagariyaNeekhraTudha
AiranMadhukulGoyan
KejriwalHarishchandraBajaj
KotrivalaPasariMudgal

Famous People of the Bania Community

NameProfession / Popular
Ashok SinghalPresident of the Hindu organisation VHP
Mukesh BansalFounder of Myntra
Bharatendu HarishchandraFather of Modern Hindi Literature and Hindi Theatre
Peyush BansalFounder at Lenskart
Anand JainChairman of Jai Corp Limited
Sir Ganga Ram AgrawalThe Father of Modern-Day Lahore
Bhagwan Das Bharat Ratna Awardee
Arvind KejriwalChief Minister of Delhi
Bhavish AggarwalCo-Founder of Ola Cabs
Anil AgarwalChairman Vedanta Resources Plc
Binny BansalCo-Founder of Flipkart
Deepinder GoyalCo-Founder of Zomato
Rohit BansalFounder of Snapdeal
Mukesh BansalFounder of Myntra
Lakshmi MittalCEO ArcelorMittal
Dinesh AgarwalFounder of IndiaMART
Rakesh JhunjhunwalaOwner of Rare Enterprises
Sachin BansalFounder of Flipkart
Rahul BajajChairman of Indian conglomerate Bajaj Group

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ques 1. Who is known as Bania?
Ans.: Banias are classed as vaisyas, the third of the four great categories of hindu society. the bania, or baniya, are a community of hindu and jain religion.

Ques 2. What does the surname Bania mean?
Ans.: People from Bania community one of jain and hindu community which belong to business.

Ques 3.: Is Bania a high caste?
Ans.: Bania a high caste because they are comes under vaisyas, the third of the four great categories of Hindu society which is an occupational community of merchants, bankers, money-lenders.

Ques 4. What is last name for Bania?
Ans.: Bania community one of jain and hindu community. many caste come under Bania community like as Agrawal, Oswal, Singhal, Jindal, Mittal, Jain, Gandhi.

Ques 5. In which state Bania population is more?
Ans.: The Agarwal population are found in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal.

Ques 6. How many Bania are there in India?
Ans.: Most of Bania community live in Northen India. total population of Bania is 40 Million approximately.

Ques 7. what is other names for Bania?
Ans.: Bania are also known as Vania or Baniya.

Ques 8. what is the meaning of Bania?
Ans.: the word 'bania' is a generic term derived from the sanskrit word 'Vanij' meaning 'Merchant' or 'Trader'. the term 'bania' is widely used to identify members of the traditional mercantile or business castes of india.

Ques 9. Who are famous Bania?
Ans.: List of Famous Personalities of Bania community.
Ashok Singhal - President of the Hindu organisation VHP
Mukesh Bansal - Founder of Myntra
Bharatendu Harishchandra - Father of Modern Hindi Literature and Hindi Theatre
Peyush Bansal - Founder at Lenskart
Anand Jain - Chairman of Jai Corp Limited
Sir Ganga Ram Agrawal - The Father of Modern-Day Lahore
Bhagwan Das - Bharat Ratna Awardee
Arvind Kejriwal - Chief Minister of Delhi.

Ques 10. Who is the God of Bania?
Ans.: Maharaja Agrasen and Shrinathji are Ideal of Bania and bania community belong to both Hinduism, Jainism. so they also follow Hinduism, Jainism God.

Ques 11. Is Bania a Brahmin?
Ans.: No. Bania is not a Brahmin. but they also part of Hinduism.

Ques 12. Is Baniyas a Marwaris?
Ans.: Yes. Bania are a Marwaris because marwar is region in rajasthan which is origin region of Bania community.


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