Pod in India


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

West Bengal is the home of almost three million Hindu Pod people. They prefer to be called Poundra. Their name means lotus. Their community is divided into a number of clans. They are Bengali speakers who live primarily in India. A smaller number live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The majority live by farming small tracts of land. Some of them own their own land. The landless among them work in other occupations such as fishing, carpentry and bamboo work. Education has become important to them, and they work hard so their children can attend school.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pod people practice Hinduism, which has affected religious beliefs throughout South Asia, even in Muslim countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pod people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray that believers from low class communities will help the Pods in India and Bangladesh to begin their own movement to Christ. Pray that Christian literature will be provided as their literacy is increasing. May Pod extended families soon experience and embrace God's gift of salvation. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Pod community to seek and find Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Pod in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pod
People Name in Country Pod
Alternate Names Bartiya; Padmaraj; Padmaraja; Paundra; Paundra Kshatriya; Pondara; Pondari; Poundara Kshatriya; Poundra; Pundari; Pundarika; Punro; Sapui; पॉड
Population this Country 3,576,000
Population all Countries 3,607,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 72
People ID 17896
ROP3 Code 113376
ROP25 Code 306756
ROP25 Name Pod
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
2,922,000
Assam
295,000
Odisha
97,000
Tripura
77,000
Jharkhand
69,000
Bihar
15,000
Andaman and Nicobar
11,000
Nagaland
8,800
Chhattisgarh
7,500
Meghalaya
7,100
Arunachal Pradesh
6,500
Maharashtra
4,900
Uttar Pradesh
4,200
Madhya Pradesh
3,700
Manipur
2,600
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 2,922,000
  Assam 295,000
  Odisha 97,000
  Tripura 77,000
  Jharkhand 69,000
  Bihar 15,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 11,000
  Nagaland 8,800
  Chhattisgarh 7,500
  Meghalaya 7,100
  Arunachal Pradesh 6,500
  Maharashtra 4,900
  Uttar Pradesh 4,200
  Madhya Pradesh 3,700
  Manipur 2,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.60 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Bengali (2,683,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Assamese
159,000
Odia
75,000
Hindi
57,000
Maithili
4,300
Kok Borok
3,900
Amri Karbi
3,000
Andaman Hindi Creole
1,300
Sadri
800
Kui (India)
400
Santhali
200
Bhojpuri
200
Kurux
200
Kui, Dawik
80
Telugu
60
Primary Language Bengali (2,683,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Assamese 159,000
  Odia 75,000
  Hindi 57,000
  Maithili 4,300
  Kok Borok 3,900
  Amri Karbi 3,000
  Andaman Hindi Creole 1,300
  Sadri 800
  Kui (India) 400
  Santhali 200
  Bhojpuri 200
  Kurux 200
  Kui, Dawik 80
  Telugu 60
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
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