Thursday, August 11, 2022
Haryana

The People


People

Banias

The word Bania stems from a Sanskrit word Banijyas meaning trade. They are by tradition the chief trading class in Haryana. The Banias are divided into three main classes, the Aggarwalas, the Oswals and Maheshwaris. They mostly confine themselves to local trade in Mandis (wholesale grain markets) and in the villages. Though small in number they are quite influential both in business and politics.