Pod in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 8

Subgroup Name Population
Bajitpure 140,000
Bhasa 140,000
Burdni 140,000
Dhulepure 140,000
Oriya 4,600
Bagaude 3,400
Bangla 3,400
Kit Kota 3,400

Introduction / History

With a gentle touch, Anindita, the bride, applied sandalwood paste to the forehead of Chiman, her groom, as their marriage ceremony was concluding. Chiman then placed a dot of bright red sindoor paste in the center of her forehead. After six years of waiting, she was now his wife. Both sets of parents planned this wedding, even though they came from two different clans within their Pod tribe in India. She would wear the red dot on her forehead each day to bring good luck to her husband. Proudly, Anindita felt she would receive the blessing of the Hindu goddess Sati which would in turn bring honor to Chiman. She also was proud of the small piece of land her father gave them as her dowry.

West Bengal is the home of almost three million Hindu Pod people. They prefer to be called Poundra. Their name means lotus. They are divided into a number of clans. 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. Education has become important to them and they work hard so their children can attend school.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pod in India.

* Pray that Christian Dalits will be witnesses to these people.
* Pray that Christian literature will be provided as their literacy is increasing.
* May the Pod people soon know God's gift of salvation.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-30
People Name General Pod
People Name in Country Pod
World Population 3,025,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 60
Alternate Names Bartiya; Padmaraj; Padmaraja; Paundra; Paundra Kshatriya; Pondara; Pondari; Poundara Kshatriya; Poundra; Pundari; Pundarika; Punro; Sapui; पॉड
People ID 17896
ROP3 Code 113376
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Dalit - Other
People Group Pod
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 8
  Bajitpure 140,000
  Bhasa 140,000
  Burdni 140,000
  Dhulepure 140,000
  Oriya 4,600
  Bagaude 3,400
  Bangla 3,400
  Kit Kota 3,400
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 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
2,499,000
Assam
242,000
Odisha
81,000
Tripura
66,000
Jharkhand
56,000
Bihar
13,000
Andaman and Nicobar
9,800
Nagaland
7,500
Chhattisgarh
6,200
Meghalaya
6,000
Arunachal Pradesh
5,300
Maharashtra
4,200
Uttar Pradesh
3,600
Madhya Pradesh
3,200
Manipur
2,200
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 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 2,499,000
  Assam 242,000
  Odisha 81,000
  Tripura 66,000
  Jharkhand 56,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 9,800
  Nagaland 7,500
  Chhattisgarh 6,200
  Meghalaya 6,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 5,300
  Maharashtra 4,200
  Uttar Pradesh 3,600
  Madhya Pradesh 3,200
  Manipur 2,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,554,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
170,000
Hindi
157,000
Odia
74,000
Maithili
4,400
Kok Borok
3,900
Amri Karbi
3,100
Andaman Creole Hindi
1,300
Sadri
1,000
Kui
500
Santhali
400
Magahi
200
Kurux
200
Bhojpuri
100
Telugu
60
Mundari: Bhumij
30
Primary Language Bengali (2,554,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese 170,000
  Hindi 157,000
  Odia 74,000
  Maithili 4,400
  Kok Borok 3,900
  Amri Karbi 3,100
  Andaman Creole Hindi 1,300
  Sadri 1,000
  Kui 500
  Santhali 400
  Magahi 200
  Kurux 200
  Bhojpuri 100
  Telugu 60
  Mundari: Bhumij 30
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  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 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 Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.62 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.