Pod 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

West Bengal is the home of almost three million Hindu Pod people. They prefer to be called Poundra. Their name means lotus. These Dalits are divided into a number of clans. They are Bengali speakers who live primarily in India. A smaller number live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The majority live by farming small tracts of land. Some of them 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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pod people practice Hinduism, which has affected religious beliefs throughout South Asia, even in Muslim countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pod people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray that believing Dalits will help the Pods in India and Bangladesh to begin their own movement to Christ. Pray that Christian literature will be provided as their literacy is increasing. May Pod extended families soon experience and embrace God's gift of salvation. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Pod community to seek and find Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Pod in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-30
People Name General Pod
People Name in Country Pod
Population this Country 3,541,000
Population all Countries 3,571,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 71
Alternate Names Bartiya; Padmaraj; Padmaraja; Paundra; Paundra Kshatriya; Pondara; Pondari; Poundara Kshatriya; Poundra; Pundari; Pundarika; Punro; Sapui; पॉड
People ID 17896
ROP3 Code 113376
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
2,899,000
Assam
293,000
Odisha
97,000
Tripura
77,000
Jharkhand
68,000
Bihar
15,000
Andaman and Nicobar
11,000
Nagaland
8,800
Chhattisgarh
7,400
Meghalaya
7,000
Arunachal Pradesh
6,400
Maharashtra
4,900
Uttar Pradesh
4,200
Madhya Pradesh
3,700
Manipur
2,500
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 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 2,899,000
  Assam 293,000
  Odisha 97,000
  Tripura 77,000
  Jharkhand 68,000
  Bihar 15,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 11,000
  Nagaland 8,800
  Chhattisgarh 7,400
  Meghalaya 7,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 6,400
  Maharashtra 4,900
  Uttar Pradesh 4,200
  Madhya Pradesh 3,700
  Manipur 2,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,586,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
163,000
Hindi
159,000
Odia
75,000
Maithili
4,400
Kok Borok
3,900
Amri Karbi
3,100
Andaman Hindi Creole
1,300
Sadri
1,000
Kui
400
Santhali
400
Magahi
200
Kurux
200
Bhojpuri
100
Kui, Dawik
80
Telugu
60
Primary Language Bengali (2,586,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese 163,000
  Hindi 159,000
  Odia 75,000
  Maithili 4,400
  Kok Borok 3,900
  Amri Karbi 3,100
  Andaman Hindi Creole 1,300
  Sadri 1,000
  Kui 400
  Santhali 400
  Magahi 200
  Kurux 200
  Bhojpuri 100
  Kui, Dawik 80
  Telugu 60
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.60 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more