Vaddar (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Vaddar, Hindu or Bhovi people trace their origin to Odra Desa or Orissa, from where they are believed to have migrated to various southern states. The word 'Bhovi' is a corrupt form of 'Bhavi' which means 'well' in Kannada, it also means 'earth-digger'. They have been involved in the digging of wells. They have various other names too such as Bhovi, Wadda, Tudugvaddar, Voddar, Vaddar, Girinivaddar, Od and Odde.

The Vaddar have decreased in population considerably. They are immigrants from Southern India mainly from Andhra Pradesh and are earth-workers, and are constantly moving about in search of work.

There are three main groups in the Bhovis, namely Kallu Bhovi who are stone cutters, Mannu Bhovi who are earth-workers and Uppar Bhovi who work as menial laborers in the municipality. They are endogamous in nature and have a number of clans such as Battala, Bandi, Pitala, Yanumala, Uppala, and Mallela. The Hindus generally treat them as untouchable -- the Sudras. They speak Telugu and Kannada.

The Bhovi women have a role in the economic, social and religious spheres of their community and contribute to the family income. While earth digging, stone cutting and daily wage labors are their traditional and primary occupations, agriculture is the secondary occupation for those settled in villages.

Their patron deity is Muneshwar and many of them are devotees of Anjaneya. They also worship other goddesses.

Alternate names: Bovi, Wadda, Tudugvaddar, Voddar, Vaddar, Girinivaddar, Od and Odde.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the people of the Bhovi people.
* For the government and NGOs that they may help in setting up education and developmental programs for the poor.
* For churches and missions to be involved in holistically.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-21
People Name General Vaddar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Vaddar (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 3,598,000
World Population 3,604,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 71
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Beldar Rajput, Bhavi, Bhovi, Bhoya, Bovi, Boyar, Chettiar, Ganika, Girinivaddar, Kalkar, Kallu, Mannu, Nungar, Odayar, Odda Nayakkan, Oddar Naidu, Odde, Odder, Odhar, Tudug Vaddar, Tudugvaddar, Ud, Uppar, Vadar, Vadda, Vaddi, Vadi, Voddar, Wadar, Wadda, Waddar, Wadde, Warar, Woddar, Wodde, वादडर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18288
ROP3 Code 113833
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Vaddar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25d
Total Subgroups on file 43
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Kal Oddar
26,000
Mannu Oddar
25,000
Gadi
17,000
Od
6,500
Bandi
3,000
Bhoja
2,000
Dagad
2,000
Matti
2,000
Manti
1,900
Botlu
1,800
Satarwaru
1,100
Mathwadi
600
Sri Lankan Refugees
400
Vadi
200
Akshantala
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Vaddar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25d
Total Subgroups 43 (only 15 largest shown)
  Kal Oddar 26,000
  Mannu Oddar 25,000
  Gadi 17,000
  Od 6,500
  Bandi 3,000
  Bhoja 2,000
  Dagad 2,000
  Matti 2,000
  Manti 1,900
  Botlu 1,800
  Satarwaru 1,100
  Mathwadi 600
  Sri Lankan Refugees 400
  Vadi 200
  Akshantala 0
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 27
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Karnataka
1,175,000
Andhra Pradesh
705,000
Tamil Nadu
507,000
Telangana
500,000
Maharashtra
362,000
Haryana
128,000
Gujarat
82,000
Delhi
47,000
Odisha
37,000
Punjab
20,000
Kerala
7,700
Madhya Pradesh
6,700
Rajasthan
6,200
Goa
4,000
Chhattisgarh
2,600
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 27  (only 20 largest shown)
  Karnataka 1,175,000
  Andhra Pradesh 705,000
  Tamil Nadu 507,000
  Telangana 500,000
  Maharashtra 362,000
  Haryana 128,000
  Gujarat 82,000
  Delhi 47,000
  Odisha 37,000
  Punjab 20,000
  Kerala 7,700
  Madhya Pradesh 6,700
  Rajasthan 6,200
  Goa 4,000
  Chhattisgarh 2,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (2,408,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
368,000
Waddar
289,000
Hindi
129,000
Tamil
128,000
Gujarati
77,000
Marathi
61,000
Punjabi, Eastern
35,000
Haryanvi
15,000
Oadki
13,000
Konkani, Goan
10,000
Sindhi
8,900
Bagri
6,300
Odia
3,400
Ahirani
1,400
Malayalam
1,300
Other People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (2,408,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 368,000
  Waddar 289,000
  Hindi 129,000
  Tamil 128,000
  Gujarati 77,000
  Marathi 61,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 35,000
  Haryanvi 15,000
  Oadki 13,000
  Konkani, Goan 10,000
  Sindhi 8,900
  Bagri 6,300
  Odia 3,400
  Ahirani 1,400
  Malayalam 1,300
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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