Naikda in India

Joshua Project has identified the Naikda only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Naikda (or Nayaka) are made up of two divisions, and each division is made up of several clans. They are a Scheduled Tribe, at least in some of the states where they live. The state with the highest concentration of Naikdas is Karnataka. In the past, the Naikda collected the hide of dead animals and some follow the old occupation even today. Farming is the major vocation of the community at present, and some are engaged as wood cutters and laborers. They are Hindus.

Ministry Obstacles

Many of the Naikda people live in Karnataka, "South India's most needy state". The rural areas of Karnataka are quite poor, and radical Hindus are trying to pass anti-conversion laws. There are many attacks each year against Christians.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray that Christians presently among the Naikda caste will grow in spiritual maturity and in numbers to the extent they will be able to carry the good news about Jesus to their entire people group. Pray for leaders to emerge who can effectively set forth a vision for accomplishing this.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Several hundred Naikda people have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India, which is a great encouragement. Please pray these Christians will not give way to social pressure and re-convert back to their old religion. Pray they will become firmly established as followers of Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this tribal group will not gain satisfaction from their current religion, but will increasingly hunger to know the creator God, who loves them and offers them an abundant life, both now and forevermore.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Naikda
People Name in Country Naikda
Population in India 2,570,000
World Population 2,570,000
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 (1,917,000) Gujarat (518,000) Maharashtra (113,000) Telangana (27,000)
Rajasthan (18,000) Andhra Pradesh (8,600) Madhya Pradesh (1,300) Delhi (1,000)
Goa (300) Daman and Diu (100) Dadra and Nagar Have (70) Uttarakhand (0)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (1,917,000) Gujarat (518,000)
Maharashtra (113,000) Telangana (27,000)
Rajasthan (18,000) Andhra Pradesh (8,600)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) Delhi (1,000)
Goa (300) Daman and Diu (100)
Dadra and Nagar Have (70) Uttarakhand (0)
Languages & Dialects on file:  42  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (1,564,000) Gujarati (510,000) Telugu (391,000) Marathi (80,000)
Hindi (18,000) Tulu (9,700) Tamil (9,600) Bhili (4,600)
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 1,564,000 Gujarati 510,000
Telugu 391,000 Marathi 80,000
Hindi 18,000 Tulu 9,700
Tamil 9,600 Bhili 4,600
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 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
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings 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)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
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 Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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