Chalvadi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Chalvadi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



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 207,000
World Population 207,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Calwadi, Chalavadi, Channayya, Mala
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Chalvadi
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 16566
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:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (197,000) Maharashtra (4,600) Gujarat (1,600) Andhra Pradesh (1,500)
Goa (1,500) Tamil Nadu (400) Telangana (300) Kerala (300)
Delhi (100) Rajasthan (20) Odisha (10)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (197,000) Maharashtra (4,600)
Gujarat (1,600) Andhra Pradesh (1,500)
Goa (1,500) Tamil Nadu (400)
Telangana (300) Kerala (300)
Delhi (100) Rajasthan (20)
Odisha (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (188,000) Konkani (7,300) Marathi (3,200) Gujarati (1,600)
Konkani, Goan (900) Tamil (500) Telugu (500) Tulu (500)
Mewari (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 188,000 Konkani 7,300
Marathi 3,200 Gujarati 1,600
Konkani, Goan 900 Tamil 500
Telugu 500 Tulu 500
Mewari 20

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
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) 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.97 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
0.00 %

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

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