Satani in India

Joshua Project has identified the Satani only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



Described in the 1871 census as religious beggars, priests of inferior temples, and sellers of flowers used for offerings, the Satani are reported to have been excommunicated by the higher castes owing to their supposedly inferior status. Some still pursue their traditional vocation of serving as temple priests or as servants attached to temples as well as that of sacred specialists. They belong to the Vaishnava sect of Hinduism and follow the teachings of Ramanuja. Sacred specialists from their own community perform all the religious rites. The Satani worship Vishnu, Lakshmi and regional deities.

Ministry Obstacles

A Hindu coming to accept and follow Christ is likely to experience much disfavor and even hostility. Loss of friendships and status in the community is likely, and very difficult to deal with.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps the youth of this people group will discover good Christian resources on the internet, on the radio, and on television. Pray they will be drawn to these resources, will listen, view, and read, and will be given understanding.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Jesus Christ yet among the Satani people group, although there may be believers who have not made themselves known to outsiders. Please pray for any secret believers, and for others who will one day come to saving faith.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this people group will be given no satisfaction from a religion that does not honor the God who created them and who offers them eternal life through faith in his son, Jesus Christ. Pray they will be given a longing to know this God.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-25
People Name General Satani
People Name in Country Satani
Population in India 380,000
World Population 380,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ashtakshari, Ayyawar, Chattada Srivaisnava, Satada Vaisnava, Vada Vaisnava, Vighas, Vira Vaishnava, Vishnu Archaka
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Satani
Ethnic Code CNN23d
People ID 18040
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telangana (204,000) Karnataka (112,000) Tamil Nadu (26,000) Madhya Pradesh (19,000)
Odisha (16,000) Maharashtra (2,400) Chhattisgarh (700) Delhi (100)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telangana (204,000) Karnataka (112,000)
Tamil Nadu (26,000) Madhya Pradesh (19,000)
Odisha (16,000) Maharashtra (2,400)
Chhattisgarh (700) Delhi (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (233,000) Kannada (97,000) Hindi (19,000) Oriya (6,100)
Tamil (3,700) Chhattisgarhi (600) Marathi (300) Kui (300)
Kurux (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 233,000 Kannada 97,000
Hindi 19,000 Oriya 6,100
Tamil 3,700 Chhattisgarhi 600
Marathi 300 Kui 300
Kurux 50
For Primary Language: Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
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
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles 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
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Telugu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Telugu Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
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: Joshua Project  
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