Sunri, Hindu traditions in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Randhar was angry. He had worked hard to raise enough money to buy a small piece of land, and then he was denied. He complained to a government clerk, "I was refused the right to buy the land. They sold it to Bandhu because he is a Shaha Banik and I'm a Dalit Sunri. I'm tired of this! They receive all the privileges just because they claimed years ago to be linked to the forward castes. They are no better than the rest of us Sunris."

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though the Sunris have several subgroups, one of their branches is called Shaha Banik. In 1931 the British-India government officially declared they were higher in the caste system then other Sunris. Even today this still allows them to receive more social benefits which causes resentment among other Sunri subgroups.

The total Sunri population is over 800,000, and they reside primarily in the states of West Bengal and Bihar. Most earn their living through farming, trade, fishing, and being household service workers. They have made good progress in the field of education. All Sunri subgroups are tightly connected to their Hindu beliefs, and there are apparently only a few believers among them.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian Dalits and other believers will lead each Sunri subgroup into knowing God as their Lord and Savior.
* Pray that many will come to know that in God's eyes they are equal among all men, and He loves them all the same.

People Name General Sunri, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Sunri, Hindu traditions
Population in Nepal 92,000
World Population 1,657,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Behara Sunri, Dhaneshwar Vaisya, Raik Souri, Sadhubanaik, Sadhubanik, Saha, Sahu, Saundhik, Saundika, Sethia, Shaha, Shahi, Sondhia, Sondi, Sondia, Suba, Sudhi, Suha, Sundhi, Sundi, Sundika, Sunri, Suri
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Sunri, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 18190
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Jhapa District of Mechi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts of Koshi Zone, and Saptari District of Sagarmatha Zone..   Source:
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (56,000) Sagarmatha (20,000) Kosi (7,800) Narayani (3,600)
Bagmati (1,800) Mechi (1,300) Mahakali (1,000) Lumbini (600)
Seti (100) Gandaki (80) Bheri (40) Dhawalagiri (10)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (56,000) Sagarmatha (20,000)
Kosi (7,800) Narayani (3,600)
Bagmati (1,800) Mechi (1,300)
Mahakali (1,000) Lumbini (600)
Seti (100) Gandaki (80)
Bheri (40) Dhawalagiri (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (85,000) Nepali (5,500) Bengali (900) Magahi (900)
Angika (600) Rajbanshi (200) Assamese (80) Bhojpuri (20)
Bantawa (20) Dotyali (10) Hindi Awadhi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 85,000 Nepali 5,500
Bengali 900 Magahi 900
Angika 600 Rajbanshi 200
Assamese 80 Bhojpuri 20
Bantawa 20 Dotyali 10
Hindi Awadhi
For Primary Language: Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: jivən səndesh Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Maithili Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Maithili Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.41 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.18 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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