Patelia in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Patelia are a Scheduled Tribe in Gujarat, where most live. They typically work in some aspect of farming. The men regularly consume alcoholic drinks, smoke bidi and cigarettes, and chew tobacco and betel. Their traditional community council is responsible for maintaining social control. The Patelia are Hindus, and some practice ancestor worship. They are mainly worshippers of Shakti and Devi. Their sacred specialists are from their own community. The Patelia traditionally do not accept water or food from the Mama Bhil and Kotaliya Bhil communities as they consider themselves higher in the social hierarchy.

Ministry Obstacles

Please pray for more workers to take the good news about Jesus to the peoples of India. Lack of workers is a significant barrier to the progress of the Gospel.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for the Christians in this people group to gain a vision for reaching their own people. Pray for anointed leaders who can hold this vision up and who can develop realistic plans for moving forward with the vision. Pray for prayer warriors to be called by the Lord to support this vision.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray for the Christians among this people group, and there are some. Pray they will become real disciples of Jesus Christ, obedient to his commands, filled with all the fruit of his Spirit. Pray they will honor Jesus in all they say and do.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Patelia will not experience fulfilment or satisfaction from their present religion, but instead will hunger to know the creator God, one who loves them and offers an abundant life through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-16
People Name General Patelia
People Name in Country Patelia
Population in India 143,000
World Population 144,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pateliya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Patelia
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 17855
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)
Gujarat (134,000) Rajasthan (4,000) Maharashtra (3,800) Madhya Pradesh (400)
Daman and Diu (300) Karnataka (300) Tamil Nadu (200) Dadra and Nagar Have (100)
Delhi (100) West Bengal (40) Telangana (30) Jharkhand (20)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (134,000) Rajasthan (4,000)
Maharashtra (3,800) Madhya Pradesh (400)
Daman and Diu (300) Karnataka (300)
Tamil Nadu (200) Dadra and Nagar Have (100)
Delhi (100) West Bengal (40)
Telangana (30) Jharkhand (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  22  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (134,000) Hindi (3,500) Marathi (1,800) Bhili (1,000)
Mewari (200) Telugu (90) Merwari (70) Marwari (70)
Kannada (60) Tamil (50) Dhundari (40) Panjabi, Eastern (30)
Tulu (20) Nepali (20) Mundari: Bhumij (20) Urdu
Oriya Bengali Dogri Dhanki
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 134,000 Hindi 3,500
Marathi 1,800 Bhili 1,000
Mewari 200 Telugu 90
Merwari 70 Marwari 70
Kannada 60 Tamil 50
Dhundari 40 Panjabi, Eastern 30
Tulu 20 Nepali 20
Mundari: Bhumij 20 Urdu 10
Oriya 0 Bengali 0
Dogri 0 Dhanki 0
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.49 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.46 %
0.04 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.01 %

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  
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