Devendrakulathan in India

The Devendrakulathan have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The members of the Devendrakulam caste claim they gained their name because they are the descendants of Lord Indra, King of the Devas. Leaders of their community were brought to the temple with great fanfare. They would be riding on an elephant with white umbrellas and there would be trumpet and drum players. These were the privileges only the ancient Tamil kings had and were passed on to their descendants. The Devendrakulathan community now has Scheduled Caste status. They resent this large drop-in status. History explains how their status dropped so drastically. Research suggests that they are the descendants of Tamil kings who ruled what is now Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, part of Andhra Pradesh, and Maharasthra during ancient periods and Tamil Nadu up to the 16th Century. After the invasion of the Vijaynagar and Maratha Empires, Tamil kings and their community were relieved of their titles and land. They became agricultural laborers on the farms which they once owned. This new situation continued during the 17th Century until the mid-20th Century. The Devendrakulam now live in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, and Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the people of this caste are involved in agriculture. The people who live in villages have their own self-government. They have special priests for temples, barbers, clothes washers, and medical workers in villages. These people also have their own temples that are called King Temples. They are also the priests in village temples and shrines, exclusively owned by these people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

During the height of their culture, this people group built and owned many prominent temples. They take great pride in their past. This pride ties them to the Hindu religious system.


What Are Their Needs?

The Devendrakulathan people need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life God offers them. They need to learn new job skills so they can improve their position in Indian society.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Devendrakulathan in India.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Devendrakulathan people to seek and find Jesus Christ. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to tell them about Jesus. Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among the Devendrakulathan people this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Devendrakulathan
People Name in Country Devendrakulathan
Population this Country 88,000
Population all Countries 88,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Devandrakulathan; Devendra Kulathan; Devendrakulavellalar; Devendran; Kudumbar; Kundumban; Mallar; Pallan; Pallar; Pannadi; Ponnad; Ponnadi; देवेंड्रकूलतान
People ID 16694
ROP3 Code 111922
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 6
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
86,000
Kerala
1,000
Andhra Pradesh
200
Delhi
100
Puducherry
40
Odisha
10
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 6
  Tamil Nadu 86,000
  Kerala 1,000
  Andhra Pradesh 200
  Delhi 100
  Puducherry 40
  Odisha 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (87,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
500
Primary Language Tamil (87,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 500
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  (1727-2016)
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
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 Pandian Karupusami 
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


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