Kalingi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kalingi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Kalingi are believed to be immigrants from Chhattisgarh, and today live primarily in Odisha. They are subdivided into two subgroups, and further divided into various lineages and clans. Divorce is prohibited in their community. Many own land and are farmers, and others are employed in various ways. They traditionally accept water and cooked food only from the Karwar community. They are followers of a form of Hinduism, and worship family and clan deities. Their sacred specialists are from their own community.

Ministry Obstacles

Persecution of Christians is said to be more intense in Odisha than any other part of India. Hindu extremists have been active in this state.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray the few Christians among the Kalinga people will learn to be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord in spite of circumstances. Their families and neighbors will be impacted by the goodness of Christ as this occurs.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few Kalinga have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these Christians will come to a clear understanding of what it means to know Christ as savior and lord, and will be zealous to know and serve him.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the light of the Gospel will penetrate the darkness fostered by generations of devotion to false and imaginary gods.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kalingi
People Name in Country Kalingi
Population in India 256,000
World Population 256,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kalanga, Kalanki, Kaliji, Kalinga, Kalinji, Kalita, Kintali Kalinga
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Kalingi
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 17055
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)
Odisha (237,000) Andhra Pradesh (12,000) Chhattisgarh (6,700) West Bengal (3,000)
Assam (700) Jharkhand (400) Delhi (300) Maharashtra (200)
Tripura (80) Gujarat (50) Rajasthan (20)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (237,000) Andhra Pradesh (12,000)
Chhattisgarh (6,700) West Bengal (3,000)
Assam (700) Jharkhand (400)
Delhi (300) Maharashtra (200)
Tripura (80) Gujarat (50)
Rajasthan (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oriya (243,000) Telugu (6,700) Sambalpuri (4,900) Kui (3,900)
Kurux (600) Pengo (300) Santhali: Karmali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 243,000 Telugu 6,700
Sambalpuri 4,900 Kui 3,900
Kurux 600 Pengo 300
Santhali: Karmali 10

For Main Lanugage: Oriya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
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 Oriya
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.88 %
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: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
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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