Badaga in India

Joshua Project has identified the Badaga only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



Badagar is a corrupt form of vadugar, meaning northerner. The Badagas are an agricultural people and by far the most numerous and wealthy of the hilly area people. Many have relocated to towns and cities of the region, and earn income from urban-style employment. The Badaga have a well-organized community council called Badaga Sangam. They grow different kinds of vegetables, tea, and coffee. In the social hierarchy, they are placed higher than the Toda, Kota, and Kurumba communities.They are Hindu and belong to the Shaivite group.They worship deities of both great and little traditions, such as Ganapati, Sub-ramanya, Krishna, Hittiamma, and Mahadeswaran.

Ministry Obstacles

The pantheistic Hindu religion provides a very different worldview than that of the Christian Bible. To change worldview is quite difficult, but it is possible.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps some of the Badaga people, especially those that are younger, will learn of the availability of the Jesus film and other videos and recordings on the Internet. Pray the Lord will lead them to download, view, and listen and that the Lord will give them understanding.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some Badaga who reported themselves as Christians to the India census. Please pray these people will clearly understand what it means to know and follow Christ, distinguishing this from a mere cultural identification with the Christian religion. Pray the Holy Spirit will lead them into all truth.

Pray for the Entire People Group

The Badaga are a relatively wealthy people, and this often leads to pride. Pride is deadly, so please pray against the effects of pride in this community.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Badaga
People Name in Country Badaga
Population in India 219,000
World Population 219,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badig, Badkar, Badugei, Gounder, Gowder, Odiyar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Badaga
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 16272
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Tamil Nadu, Madras-Nilgiri, Kunda hills..   Source:
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (199,000) Karnataka (20,000) Kerala (200) Odisha (10)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (199,000) Karnataka (20,000)
Kerala (200) Odisha (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Badaga (213,000) Tamil (2,300) Kannada (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Badaga 213,000 Tamil 2,300
Kannada 30
For Primary Language: Badaga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1852-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1999)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Badaga Film / Video
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.21 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.79 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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