Chalvadi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Chalvadi only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


The traditional occupations of this Scheduled Caste were carrying carcasses and working as village servants. They used to remind the Lingayat Bania about the full moon and new moon days of the month, so that the latter could perform the necessary rites to Lord Shiva. More recently, they are engaged as wage labourers in agricultural operations and some are employed in government service. Some of their deities are Durgamma, Mariyamma, Hanumantha, Yellamma and Huligamma. They accept water and cooked food from all communities except the Madar and Dhor. The 1981 census shows their literacy rate as 22%.

Ministry Obstacles

The low literacy rate will be an obstacle if the good news of Christ comes to this community only in written form.

Outreach Ideas

Much prayer is needed to prepare hearts to understand and receive the Gospel message. Teams of workers relating and explaining stories from scripture can partially overcome the low literacy rate.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few followers of Jesus Christ within this community, and they need our prayers. Pray they will consistently clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, and will represent Christ well.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this low caste community will be able to increasingly educate their children, find improved employment situations, and see their standard of living rise in years ahead.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Chalvadi
People Name in Country Chalvadi
Population in India 202,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Channayya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Chalvadi
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada (188,000) Konkani (7,300) Marathi (3,100) Konkani, Goan (1,600)
Gujarati (1,600) Tamil (500) Telugu (500) Tulu (500)
Mewari (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 188,000 Konkani 7,300
Marathi 3,100 Konkani, Goan 1,600
Gujarati 1,600 Tamil 500
Telugu 500 Tulu 500
Mewari 20
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.01%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Photo Source: COMIBAM / Sepal
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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