Samagara in India

Joshua Project has identified the Samagara only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Samagara are a hard working people. They have followed the Hindu religion for ages, never having embraced other religions.

Where Are they Located?

They live mainly in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their main occupation is the working of leather and manufacture of footwear popularly called Kolhapuri chappals. Presently a large number have switched over to other professions. Education among the present generation is on the rise.

A certain cluster of families is are highly educated and well settled.

Women join in the labor of the community and also wield power in making decisions.

In addition to Malayalam they also speak Kannada and Tula.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They have an unflinching faith in Hinduism. They are mostly devotees of Shiva and Durga. They worship in all types of temples. They conduct regular satsang on Sundays in Hyderabad.

What Are Their Needs?

They need financial help to rise out of poverty. Once given an opportunity, they will probably advance quickly.


Sing, K. S., ed. India's Communities, Vol. VI, Oxford University Press, USA (June 3, 1999). pg. 3112

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Samagara
People Name in Country Samagara
Population in India 96,000
World Population 96,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chamagar, Chambar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Samagara
Ethnic Code CNN25j
People ID 18008
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (101,000) Telangana (2,800) Kerala (500) Tamil Nadu (200)
Goa (200) Andhra Pradesh (200) Pondicherry (20)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (101,000) Telangana (2,800)
Kerala (500) Tamil Nadu (200)
Goa (200) Andhra Pradesh (200)
Pondicherry (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (81,000) Marathi (25,000) Tulu (3,800) Konkani, Goan (1,200)
Konkani (300) Telugu (300) Malayalam (100) Tamil (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 81,000 Marathi 25,000
Tulu 3,800 Konkani, Goan 1,200
Konkani 300 Telugu 300
Malayalam 100 Tamil 30

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 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
93.26 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
6.74 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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