Devanga in India

Joshua Project has identified the Devanga only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Devanga live in southern India and are weavers by tradition. They trace their origins to the sage Devala Maharishi. They mostly live in Karnataka, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Most of them weave silk and cotton clothing. They follow Veerashaivism and Lingayit practices.

The Devanga used to be the same community as the Padmashali but later became two separate people groups when the Devanga began Shivite practices.

In northern Karnataka, the Devanga have two groups who are the Kulachaar Devanga and the Shivachar Devanga. They both worship the goddess Banashankari. In the Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, most weavers are Devanga people. There are several clans in the state of Mysore. The Devanga of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh have sixty-four exogamous divisions (exogamous means that marriage is with a partner from outside that division).

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Devanga have a good reputation for being fine craftsmen in weaving many different types of clothing. They weave superfine cotton clothes which are of good quality. Men usually do the loom weaving and the women yarn and spin the thread. Children help too. They are good business people as they are good at selling the clothes. Some Devanga do other work such as being in the grocery trade.

The Devanga speak Kannada, Telugu and Tamil Malayam. They are Hindus by religion.

Most of the Devanga do not eat vegetables. Those that do are looked at as Brahmins.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Devanga
People Name in Country Devanga
Population in India 547,000
World Population 547,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Cheda, Chetty, Devang, Devanga Brahman, Devanga Sale, Devangulu, Devara, Devra, Dewang, Dewanga, Jadaru, Jadra, Jandra, Jendar, Manurkula Devanga Daivika Brahman, Saliyar, Sedan, Sedar, Seniar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Devanga
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 20663
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:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (440,000) Maharashtra (50,000) Tamil Nadu (45,000) Kerala (6,500)
Telangana (2,000) Goa (1,400) Andhra Pradesh (1,100) Gujarat (900)
Madhya Pradesh (500) Delhi (80) Pondicherry (30)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (440,000) Maharashtra (50,000)
Tamil Nadu (45,000) Kerala (6,500)
Telangana (2,000) Goa (1,400)
Andhra Pradesh (1,100) Gujarat (900)
Madhya Pradesh (500) Delhi (80)
Pondicherry (30)

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (473,000) Konkani (17,000) Tulu (12,000) Marathi (11,000)
Telugu (8,300) Konkani, Goan (6,300) Tamil (5,700) Malayalam (2,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 473,000 Konkani 17,000
Tulu 12,000 Marathi 11,000
Telugu 8,300 Konkani, Goan 6,300
Tamil 5,700 Malayalam 2,500
For Primary Language: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League 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
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kannada Film / Video
Kannada Bible stories Audio Recordings
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Kannada Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
79.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
20.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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