Naikda in India

Joshua Project has identified the Naikda only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nayaka live in India. In Gujarat they are also called Naikda. Nayaka means governor. Most of them speak Gujarati. They are not vegetarians and they eat rice and bajra.

The Nayaka practice monogamy. The women are involved in social and religious matters. Many Nayaka work as farm laborers. They are Hindus by religion. They have community councils who settle local disagreements. The deceased are buried. There is a low literacy level among them which means the gospel message will need to be given in oral form too. They use traditional and modern family planning.

In Maharashtra, the Nayaka are also called Katkari which means animal skin. They speak in Naikad. There are different clans among them. Agriculture is the main work and the women work in agriculture too. Some of the Nayaka are woodcutters. They have cross-cousin marriages and they prefer to use traditional medicines.

The Nayaka also live in Rajasthan and in other parts of India.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the community leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others of the Nayaka to Salvation too.
* Pray that God will give the Nayaka dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.


Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Naikda
People Name in Country Naikda
Population in India 2,628,000
World Population 2,628,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Beda, Cholvala, Kapadia, Katkari, Naika, Naikpod, Naikpollu, Nayak, Nayaka, Padma Naik, Palegar, Pandava Nayak, Panwala, Parivara, Patel, Ramoshi, Tambel, Valmiki
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Naikda
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 17786
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:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (1,958,000) Gujarat (498,000) Maharashtra (115,000) Telangana (27,000)
Rajasthan (18,000) Andhra Pradesh (8,700) Madhya Pradesh (1,300) Delhi (1,000)
Goa (300) Daman and Diu (100) Dadra and Nagar Have (20) Uttarakhand (0)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (1,958,000) Gujarat (498,000)
Maharashtra (115,000) Telangana (27,000)
Rajasthan (18,000) Andhra Pradesh (8,700)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) Delhi (1,000)
Goa (300) Daman and Diu (100)
Dadra and Nagar Have (20) Uttarakhand (0)
Languages & Dialects on file:  42  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (1,571,000) Gujarati (504,000) Telugu (393,000) Marathi (80,000)
Hindi (19,000) Tamil (11,000) Tulu (9,700) Bhili (4,700)
Marwari (3,500) Dhundari (2,600) Mewari (1,900) Kolami, Southeastern (1,400)
Shekhawati (1,200) Merwari (1,100) Malayalam (800) Urdu (600)
Dhanki (500) Khandesi (500) Panjabi, Eastern (400) Konkani (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 1,571,000 Gujarati 504,000
Telugu 393,000 Marathi 80,000
Hindi 19,000 Tamil 11,000
Tulu 9,700 Bhili 4,700
Marwari 3,500 Dhundari 2,600
Mewari 1,900 Kolami, Southeastern 1,400
Shekhawati 1,200 Merwari 1,100
Malayalam 800 Urdu 600
Dhanki 500 Khandesi 500
Panjabi, Eastern 400 Konkani 400
For Primary Language: 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, JF Project) 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 %)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.88 %
0.03 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
0.03 %

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: Anonymous  
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