Nair in India

Joshua Project has identified the Nair only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Nair is the name of an upper Hindu Caste from the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Nairs were a martial nobility, similar to the Samurai of Japan and figure prominently in the history of Kerala. Kalarippayattu (ancient martial art) is associated with the Nairs

Nairs are Nagas and were Kshatriyas belonging to the Serpent dynasty (Nagavansham) who removed their sacred thread and migrated south to escape the wrath of a vengeful Parashurama. The affinity of the Nair community towards serpent worship, their martial past, and the absence of the sacred thread lends support to this theory.

Throughout the medieval period and until well into the 19th century, the Nairs had a pre-eminent role in Kerala. By the middle of the 19th century, however, this dominance started waning. Institutions like the sambandham and the matrilineal joint family system which had ensured the strength of the Nair community earlier, now became productive of many evils in changing socio-political background of Kerala. The impact of the market economy, the disappearance of traditional military training, the absorption of new values through the new system of education, the self-consciousness being generated among the lower castes and their cry for equality and privileges - all these factors brought about a decline of Nair dominance.

Profile Source:   Ravivarman Thampi  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-30
People Name General Nair
People Name in Country Nair
Population in India 7,022,000
World Population 7,022,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Naique, Nairi, Nayammar, Nayar, Nayarangi, Nayre
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Nair
Ethnic Code CNN23b
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam (5,744,000) Tamil (1,110,000) Konkani, Goan (58,000) Tulu (38,000)
Kannada (34,000) Konkani (14,000) English (3,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 5,744,000 Tamil 1,110,000
Konkani, Goan 58,000 Tulu 38,000
Kannada 34,000 Konkani 14,000
English 3,600
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1829-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1841-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
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 Malayalam
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 Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible Gateway Scripture
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture International Bible Society
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-30

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.77 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Ravivarman Thampi  
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