Pundari in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Pods are a scheduled caste which originated from what is now Bangladesh. They speak Bengali. They prefer to be called Poundra. Their name means lotus. They are divided into a number of clans. West Bengal is the home of almost three million Hindu Pod people, but this people group has smaller populations all over India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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. Their women weave mats to help their families earn a living. Education has become important to them and they work hard so their children can attend school. They are endogamous (preferring to marry within the community) and monogamous. Marriage can be by family arrangement or mutual consent. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. Disagreements are settled by a council.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all members of the Pod community are Hindus. Hindus tend to be pragmatic about their spiritual beliefs, worshipping whatever god they believe will offer them protection and prosperity.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pods need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, the one who can and will bless them beyond what any of them can imagine.


Prayer Points

Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Pod people.


Scripture Prayers for the Pundari in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pundari
People Name in Country Pundari
Population this Country 311,000
Population all Countries 321,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Pundra; Punra; Puropundari; पुंदरी
People ID 17912
ROP3 Code 113393
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
301,000
Jharkhand
2,500
Odisha
1,700
Andaman and Nicobar
800
Tripura
600
Meghalaya
400
Delhi
400
Bihar
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Nagaland
200
Maharashtra
100
Mizoram
100
Manipur
80
Uttar Pradesh
60
Madhya Pradesh
40
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 17
  West Bengal 301,000
  Jharkhand 2,500
  Odisha 1,700
  Andaman and Nicobar 800
  Tripura 600
  Meghalaya 400
  Delhi 400
  Bihar 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Nagaland 200
  Maharashtra 100
  Mizoram 100
  Manipur 80
  Uttar Pradesh 60
  Madhya Pradesh 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (245,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
18,000
Odia
400
Sadri
400
Maithili
100
Primary Language Bengali (245,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 18,000
  Odia 400
  Sadri 400
  Maithili 100
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  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more