Beda Jangam in India

Joshua Project has identified the Beda Jangam only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Beda Jangam are followers of the Veerashaiva sect and they are a religious beggar and priestly class. Their gotras are Veera, Nandi, Bhrungi, Vrashabha and Skand. They are in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra and Tamil Nadu. In Karnataka they live in the districts of Shimoga, Chitradurga, Davanagere and Chikkamangalore.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their occupations are religious begging, agriculture, petty business and government and private service.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They believe in the gods Shiva, Shakthi and Panchacharyas. They wear Istalingas (representation of Shiva, used as a symbol for worship in temples) on their bodies.

What Are Their Needs?

Their greatest need is for sufficient food, education and good employment.

Profile Source:   Prabhudev Kalmath  

People Name General Beda Jangam
People Name in Country Beda Jangam
Population in India 286,000
World Population 286,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Andi, Ayya, Badgi Jangam, Budaga Janam, Budaga Jangalu, Budaga Jangam, Budga Jangam, Budiga Jangam, Devar, Devera, Jangalu, Jangam, Jangama, Jhangam, Kuruvikkaran, Nakkala, Nakkalavandlu, Tambiran, Tolubomalawaru, Veerasaiva, Veerasaiva Jangam
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Beda Jangam
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 16366
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (536,000) Maharashtra (66,000) Telangana (41,000) Tamil Nadu (20,000)
Odisha (15,000) Andhra Pradesh (14,000) Goa (2,200) Kerala (1,500)
Madhya Pradesh (1,400) Gujarat (200) Chhattisgarh (200) Pondicherry (10)
Bihar (10) Daman and Diu (10)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (536,000) Maharashtra (66,000)
Telangana (41,000) Tamil Nadu (20,000)
Odisha (15,000) Andhra Pradesh (14,000)
Goa (2,200) Kerala (1,500)
Madhya Pradesh (1,400) Gujarat (200)
Chhattisgarh (200) Pondicherry (10)
Bihar (10) Daman and Diu (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (574,000) Telugu (82,000) Marathi (20,000) Oriya (7,100)
Konkani (4,500) Tamil (3,900) Konkani, Goan (1,900) Tulu (900)
Hindi (900) Kui (300) Gujarati (100) Kurux (90)
Chhattisgarhi (70) Vaagri Booli (70) Nimadi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 574,000 Telugu 82,000
Marathi 20,000 Oriya 7,100
Konkani 4,500 Tamil 3,900
Konkani, Goan 1,900 Tulu 900
Hindi 900 Kui 300
Gujarati 100 Kurux 90
Chhattisgarhi 70 Vaagri Booli 70
Nimadi 50

For Main Lanugage: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.92 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.08 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Phanidhar  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Prabhudev Kalmath  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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