Bandi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bandi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Most of the Bandi people live in India's southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In the latter state, they are called Banda, meaning "rock." They claim the status of Sudras, the lowest of the four caste levels. Traditionally they have worked as village servants. They did a variety of odd jobs from cleaning copper pots to pounding rice, to collecting firewood to cleaning floors. Today they are more likely to be involved in agricultural work or to work for the government. Few own land. They are dependent on moneylenders, which means that they are not likely to get out of debt or poverty. However, they are fortunate enough to have electricity and well water in their communities.

Pray that the Bandi people will soon encounter the Risen Christ.


Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)

People Name General Bandi
People Name in Country Bandi
Population in India 9,900
World Population 9,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baandhi, Banda, Bande, Bandekar, Bander, Bhandari, Gbandi, Kad Havik, Kad Konkan, Konkan Devadiga, Lander, Mondaru, Mondi, Mondiwar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Bandi
Ethnic Code CNN25d
People ID 19009
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (6,600) Tamil Nadu (2,300) Goa (700) Kerala (100)
Andhra Pradesh (60) Pondicherry (20)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (6,600) Tamil Nadu (2,300)
Goa (700) Kerala (100)
Andhra Pradesh (60) Pondicherry (20)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (6,000) Tamil (1,500) Konkani, Goan (1,200) Telugu (800)
Konkani (90) Tulu (80) Malayalam (60) Urdu (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 6,000 Tamil 1,500
Konkani, Goan 1,200 Telugu 800
Konkani 90 Tulu 80
Malayalam 60 Urdu 40
For Primary Language: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kannada Film / Video
Kannada Bible stories Audio Recordings
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Kannada 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.95 %
0.05 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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