Ganda in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Vincey got married at 11 years of age. Among her community, the Ganda people of Orissa state, this is normal. Now she shares her time between raising children, caring for her husband and working with him in agriculture. Her husband also plays drums, another legacy of the Gandas. With these two trades, the pair will eke out a living and carry on the tradition of their Dalit community.

Vincey's cousin, Mangilal, became a follower of Christ, but he faced opposition almost immediately. No one would hire him to work on their farm. His family began to starve. Still, Mangilal held to his faith. Even when men dragged him into the street and beat him, he called on this Jesus. Vincey wonders what there is about Jesus that would give Mangilal such courage. He never had it before. She sees a change in his life: A cheerful and hopeful spirit and a caring attitude toward others. And she sees that even though he is a Dalit like she is, his believing friends accept him and love him. She wonders what would happen if she were to become a Christian too. Would her husband reject her? Would she starve? Would she be beaten like Mangilal? Would she find acceptance and respect among the other followers of Christ?

Prayer Points

* Pray that hundreds of Gandas will see hope in Christ and turn to Him.
* Pray for God to move among Ganda leaders.


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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-26
People Name General Ganda
People Name in Country Ganda
Population in India 1,261,000
World Population 1,261,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ahir, Gandi, Gara, Gond, Gond Gowala, Gour, Gowala
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Ganda
Ethnic Code CNN25l
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya (641,000) Hindi (323,000) Chhattisgarhi (295,000) Kui (11,000)
Garhwali (6,800) Bengali (4,100) Kuvi (2,300) Assamese (2,200)
Mundari: Bhumij (2,000) Kurux (1,600) Pengo (1,100) Gondi, Northern (700)
Ho (600) Santhali (500) Kharia (500) Marathi (300)
Koda (300) Bodo Parja (300) Munda (200) Bhatri (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 641,000 Hindi 323,000
Chhattisgarhi 295,000 Kui 11,000
Garhwali 6,800 Bengali 4,100
Kuvi 2,300 Assamese 2,200
Mundari: Bhumij 2,000 Kurux 1,600
Pengo 1,100 Gondi, Northern 700
Ho 600 Santhali 500
Kharia 500 Marathi 300
Koda 300 Bodo Parja 300
Munda 200 Bhatri 100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Oriya
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-26

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.80 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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