Alavan in India

The Alavan have only been reported in India
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Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Alavan or Alagar is small group of Hindu people who live in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Alavan believe that they are descendants of the Chola Dynasty which reached its height in the 11th century. This classification makes the Alavan Rajputs or Kshatriyas, the second highest caste in Hinduism. The Alavan are one of the most powerful and best educated groups of south India. The two main languages of the Alavan are Tamil and Malayalam. They also speak English, Hindi and local languages. Many resources are available in Tamil and Malayalam. There are currently no known followers of Jesus Christ in this people group.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Alavan work as administrators, in education, in the professions, computer science, and in the entertainment industry. They tend to marry within their group. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the rule. Parents encourage their sons and daughters to attend and graduate from universities. The Alavan help build and fund Hindu temples in south India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Alavan practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Alavan pay special devotion to Vishnu, the preserver god, and his consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and purity. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Alavan visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Alavan people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The Alavan celebrate their main holiday of Chithirai in the spring of each year. Chithirai commemorates Vishnu's giving of his sister to Shiva as his consort. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Alavan consider themselves to be Kshatriyas.


What Are Their Needs?

The Alavan are proud of their history and position in Hinduism. Pride can keep a person from seeing that he or she is a sinner in need of a Savior. The Alavan need to see that Jesus is not just one of the many gods of the Hindu pantheon.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to humble the Alavan and see themselves as sinners. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Alavan people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out educated Indian believers to the Alavan and will tell them about Jesus and His love for them.


Scripture Prayers for the Alavan in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Alavan
People Name in Country Alavan
Population this Country 8,700
Population all Countries 8,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Alavar; Alwar; Azhavar; Chitravaliar; Muppan; Pannaiyan; Uppalavan; अलवन
People ID 16200
ROP3 Code 111309
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
4,600
Kerala
4,000
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Tamil Nadu 4,600
  Kerala 4,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (4,700 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
3,100
Primary Language Tamil (4,700 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 3,100
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Finding Peace Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more