Nayadi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Nayadi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The name of this people group comes from the word nayattu, meaning "hunting." Once skilled hunters and trappers, modern Nayadis are known as scavengers and beggars. Residing in the Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, the Nayadis spend their days searching for water and firewood, making ropes, and gathering herbs for sale. Many are reduced to panhandling on city streets.

As members of the Dalit communities, they may accept assistance from higher classes, but cannot return the favor. They are not accepted by caste Hindus. Until fairly recently, the Nayadis were not even allowed to walk the same streets as Brahmins.

Even as they are socially oppressed, they find themselves spiritually oppressed by their belief in the pantheon of Hindu gods. The Nayadis also worship "regional deities" such as Mallan, Malavarhy and Parakutty.

According to the Joshua Project, there are no Christian believers among the Nayadis, nor has there been any active church planting work in the past two years. They are rightly categorized as one of the world's least-reached people groups.

Prayer Points

* Pray for laborers to be sent to preach and demonstrate God's love to the Nayadis.
* Ask Him to pour out His Spirit, softening hearts and opening eyes that have been blinded by the enemy.
* Pray for the God of all comfort to provide relief, meeting their needs for food and clean water.
* Ask Him to create in them a hunger for His Bread of Life, a thirst for His Living Water.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-11
People Name General Nayadi
People Name in Country Nayadi
Population in India 90,000
World Population 90,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Nayattukar, Nayudu
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Nayadi
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 17768
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:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (81,000) Kerala (4,300) Tamil Nadu (2,000) Karnataka (1,500)
Dadra and Nagar Have (400) Daman and Diu (100) Andhra Pradesh (70) Goa (40)
Pondicherry (20) Telangana (20)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (81,000) Kerala (4,300)
Tamil Nadu (2,000) Karnataka (1,500)
Dadra and Nagar Have (400) Daman and Diu (100)
Andhra Pradesh (70) Goa (40)
Pondicherry (20) Telangana (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (73,000) Hindi (6,700) Malayalam (6,000) Tamil (1,500)
Kannada (200) Konkani (100) Tulu (40) Marathi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 73,000 Hindi 6,700
Malayalam 6,000 Tamil 1,500
Kannada 200 Konkani 100
Tulu 40 Marathi 10
For Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible 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 %
100.00 %
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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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