Vellalan in Sri Lanka






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Vellala or Vellalar live in India and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka they are part of the Tamils and they migrated from Tamil Nadu in India. In India, the Vellala are mostly in rural regions. They eat rice as their main cereal. They are cultivators by tradition and Hinduism is their religion.

In Tamil Nadu, the Vellala speak, read and write in Tamil. There are vegetarians and non-vegetarians among them. They are endogamous. Cross-cousin marriages are favored. Widowers can marry again but not widows and divorcees. The oldest son becomes in charge of the home by inheritance. Marriages are arranged at the home of the bridegroom. The deceased are buried or cremated. The Vellala are landlords and work in agriculture. Some are in professional work. They educate their children and use modern and traditional medicines and do family planning.

In Kerala, the Vellala here migrated from Tamil Nadu. They are similar to those in Tamil Nadu but they read and write in Malayalam as well as in Tamil. They are vegetarians. Divorcees can marry again. Marriage is at the home of the bride. The dead are cremated. They work in agriculture in rural regions and in business in urban ones.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the Vellala dreams and visions bringing them to Salvation.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.


Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-28
People Name General Vellalan
People Name in Country Vellalan
Population in Sri Lanka 356,000
World Population 2,843,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agamudiya, Agamudiyar, Aiyer, Annachi, Ayyangar, Bhuvaisya, Erudanti, Gangeddulu, Gangireddulavandlu, Gangiredlavaru, Isai Vellalar, Iyengar, Iyer, Karalan, Karganta, Karkatha, Karlatja Vellalar, Kattai, Kerrakarar, Kodikalarar, Kongadi, Kongu Vellala Gounder, Kongu Vellalar, Melakkaran, Mudali, Mudaliar, Mudaliyar, Mudaliyar Naicker, Mudliar, Nandiwale, Nanijil Mudali, Nanjanattu Pillai, Natt, Nokkar, Perumal Erudukkaran, Perumal Madukkaran, Perumal Mattukkaran, Pillai, Pille, Puja Gollalu, Puluvan, Punu Gollalu, Saya Pillaimar, Sozhia Vellalar, Telangalu, Tuluva, Vatrilaikaran, Vellala, Vellalar, Vipravinodulu, Virakodi Vellalar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Vellalan
Ethnic Code CNN23c
People ID 18317
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil (356,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 356,000
For Primary Language: Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1727-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Old Version Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tamil Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
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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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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