Velama in India

Joshua Project has identified the Velama only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



Farming has been the primary vocation of this caste living in western India. The Velama are Hindu who belong to the Vaishnava sect, and their principle deity is Lord Narsimha. They invite Brahmins to assist in their rituals. They traditionally accept water and cooked food from higher Hindu castes but not from the Scheduled Castes. The service castes such as the Ambattan (barber) and Vannan (washermen) serve them. They have rich oral traditions in the form of folk-songs which are sung by both men and women during fairs and festivities and the performing of rituals.

Ministry Obstacles

Hinduism produces a very different understanding of spiritual issues than does the Christian Bible. Changing a person's understanding and belief system radically is usually a slow and painful process.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray the few followers of Jesus today within this community will grow in numbers and in spiritual maturity. They have the potential of taking the Gospel message to all of their own caste as they become stronger.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray for the Velama who have reported themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Pray they will lead holy lives and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit, demonstrating love, joy, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Velama caste will be set free from the bondage of the caste system, and be drawn to the freedom found in knowing Jesus Christ. See John 8:36, "if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed."

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-07
People Name General Velama
People Name in Country Velama
Population in India 449,000
World Population 449,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Elama, Elma, Koppulavelama, Padma Nayak, Padma Velama, Padmai, Vadugan, Veduvan, Velama Naidu, Velamalu, Velamavaru, Yelama, Yelma
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Velama
Ethnic Code CNN23d
People ID 18304
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)
Odisha (233,000) Telangana (198,000) Andhra Pradesh (7,900) Karnataka (4,900)
Maharashtra (3,800) Tamil Nadu (500) Delhi (200) Chhattisgarh (90)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (233,000) Telangana (198,000)
Andhra Pradesh (7,900) Karnataka (4,900)
Maharashtra (3,800) Tamil Nadu (500)
Delhi (200) Chhattisgarh (90)
Languages & Dialects on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (246,000) Oriya (183,000) Kui (3,100) Tamil (2,900)
Kannada (2,000) Pengo (800) Kurux (400) Kuvi (400)
Chhattisgarhi (200) Marathi (200) Malayalam (60)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 246,000 Oriya 183,000
Kui 3,100 Tamil 2,900
Kannada 2,000 Pengo 800
Kurux 400 Kuvi 400
Chhattisgarhi 200 Marathi 200
Malayalam 60
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.92 %
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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