Brahmin, Iyer in India

Joshua Project has identified the Brahmin, Iyer only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



Iyers are originally from India's southeastern state of Tamil Nadu. However many have migrated to Karnataka for various reasons, chief among them being the prospect of finding profitable employment. Most Iyer Brahman women have traded the traditional nine-yard saree for modern, convenient clothing. These women are also in the work force of southern India. This would not have been the case 50 years ago.

They were once involved with all kinds of Hindu rituals, but not today. They do, however, maintain the rites and rituals associated with the dead. Iyers are cremated according to Vedic rites soon after they die. Like other Brahmans in south India, the Iyers participate in the Avani Avittam festival. This festival is unique to Brahmans in this part of the world.

Ministry Obstacles

Brahmans believe that if they are faithful to do what the gods expect of them, after they pass away they can reach nirvana, that perfect state of nothingness that Hindus seek. Embracing Christ would interfere with this long-awaited spiritual goal.

Outreach Ideas

The Iyers have always taken an interest in preserving the arts and sciences. Those who go to them may find the meaning behind certain traditional dances and music to be a bridge to the gospel. There are some followers of Christ among other Brahman groups in southern India that could potentially reach out to them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Christ in this Brahman community.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that believers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will share their Lord with the Iyer Brahmans. Pray that these Brahmans will have meaningful, life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-20
People Name General Brahmin, Iyer
People Name in Country Brahmin, Iyer
Population in India 307,000
World Population 307,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ayangar, Ayanger, Ayyiar Brahman, Iver, Iyengar, Iyengar Brahman, Sri Vaishnava, Srivaishnava Brahman Iyengar, Tengalai, Thengalai, Vadagalai
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Brahmin, Iyer
Ethnic Code CNN23
People ID 20214
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (225,000) Andhra Pradesh (27,000) Karnataka (24,000) Kerala (17,000)
Pondicherry (11,000) Telangana (2,400)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (225,000) Andhra Pradesh (27,000)
Karnataka (24,000) Kerala (17,000)
Pondicherry (11,000) Telangana (2,400)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil (285,000) Malayalam (10,000) Telugu (6,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 285,000 Malayalam 10,000
Telugu 6,600
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
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 %
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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