Vaniyan in India

Joshua Project has identified the Vaniyan only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Vanniyars are said to be born from flame in a mythological period. The origin of this caste states that a Rishi or Saint known as Jambu Maharishi is the father of the group in Tamil Nadu and spread across south India. Their main job during ancient times was safe guarding the country, forming the Army and other groups. They broadly fall in the group of Kshatriyar.

Where are they Located?

They are widely spread groups all over Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala and Karnataka. Their caste names differ in each place. For example, Rajus are the names used in Andhra.

What are Their Lives Like?

Many belong to the middle and upper middle class family background while some live below poverty line. The literacy rate is high for towns and cities. They own agricultural land in the country side. They strongly believe caste system. Some are changed now in modern days.

What are Their Needs?

Their needs are to be educated and make suitable facilities for farming and living.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Vaniyan
People Name in Country Vaniyan
Population in India 870,000
World Population 870,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chakkan, Chekkan, Konkani Vaisya, Vania Chetti, Vania Vysya, Vaniga Vaisya, Vanika Chetti, Vanika Vaisya, Vaniyar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Vaniyan
Ethnic Code CNN23c
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil (652,000) Malayalam (197,000) Telugu (28,000) English (500)
Kannada (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 652,000 Malayalam 197,000
Telugu 28,000 English 500
Kannada 300
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1727-2002)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
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 Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
13.55 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
86.45 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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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