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 710,000
World Population 710,000
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 (545,000) Maharashtra (67,000) Telangana (42,000) Tamil Nadu (20,000)
Odisha (16,000) Andhra Pradesh (15,000) Goa (2,200) Kerala (1,500)
Madhya Pradesh (1,400) Gujarat (200) Chhattisgarh (200) Pondicherry (20)
Bihar (10) Daman and Diu (10)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (545,000) Maharashtra (67,000)
Telangana (42,000) Tamil Nadu (20,000)
Odisha (16,000) Andhra Pradesh (15,000)
Goa (2,200) Kerala (1,500)
Madhya Pradesh (1,400) Gujarat (200)
Chhattisgarh (200) Pondicherry (20)
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 Primary Language: Kannada

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

Major Religion Percent
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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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