Pundari 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

The Pods are a scheduled caste which originated from what is now Bangladesh. They speak Bengali. They prefer to be called Poundra. Their name means lotus. They are divided into a number of clans. West Bengal is the home of almost three million Hindu Pod people, but this people group has smaller populations all over India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The majority live by farming small tracts of land. Some of these Dalits own their own land. The landless among them work in other occupations such as fishing, carpentry and bamboo work. Their women weave mats to help their families earn a living. Education has become important to them and they work hard so their children can attend school. They are endogamous (preferring to marry within the community) and monogamous. Marriage can be by family arrangement or mutual consent. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. Disagreements are settled by a council.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all members of the Pod community are Hindus. Hindus tend to be pragmatic about their spiritual beliefs, worshipping whatever god they believe will offer them protection and prosperity.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pods need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, the one who can and will bless them beyond what any of them can imagine.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pundari in India.

* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. * Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger. * Pray for a disciple making movement among the Pod people.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pundari
People Name in Country Pundari
Population this Country 259,000
Population all Countries 269,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Pundra; Punra; Puropundari; पुंदरी
People ID 17912
ROP3 Code 113393
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
250,000
Jharkhand
2,100
Odisha
1,400
Andaman and Nicobar
700
Tripura
500
Meghalaya
400
Delhi
300
Bihar
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Nagaland
200
Maharashtra
100
Mizoram
90
Manipur
70
Uttar Pradesh
50
Madhya Pradesh
40
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 17
  West Bengal 250,000
  Jharkhand 2,100
  Odisha 1,400
  Andaman and Nicobar 700
  Tripura 500
  Meghalaya 400
  Delhi 300
  Bihar 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Nagaland 200
  Maharashtra 100
  Mizoram 90
  Manipur 70
  Uttar Pradesh 50
  Madhya Pradesh 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (240,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
18,000
Odia
400
Sadri
400
Maithili
100
Primary Language Bengali (240,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 18,000
  Odia 400
  Sadri 400
  Maithili 100
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  (1832-2016)
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 Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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