Ganda in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

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)

People Name General Ganda
People Name in Country Ganda
Population in India 1,261,000
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
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya (641,000) Hindi (323,000) Chhattisgarhi (276,000) Surgujia (19,000)
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)
Koda (300) Marathi (300) Bodo Parja (300) Munda (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 641,000 Hindi 323,000
Chhattisgarhi 276,000 Surgujia 19,000
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
Koda 300 Marathi 300
Bodo Parja 300 Munda 200
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.20%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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