Velama in India

Joshua Project has identified the Velama only in India
Population
435,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Farming has been the primary vocation of this caste living in western India. The Velama are Hindu who belong to the Vaishnava sect, and their principle deity is Lord Narsimha. They invite Brahmins to assist in their rituals. They traditionally accept water and cooked food from higher Hindu castes but not from the Scheduled Castes. The service castes such as the Ambattan (barber) and Vannan (washermen) serve them. They have rich oral traditions in the form of folk-songs which are sung by both men and women during fairs and festivities and the performing of rituals.


Ministry Obstacles

Hinduism produces a very different understanding of spiritual issues than does the Christian Bible. Changing a person's understanding and belief system radically is usually a slow and painful process.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray the few followers of Jesus today within this community will grow in numbers and in spiritual maturity. They have the potential of taking the Gospel message to all of their own caste as they become stronger.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Please pray for the Velama who have reported themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Pray they will lead holy lives and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit, demonstrating love, joy, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Velama caste will be set free from the bondage of the caste system, and be drawn to the freedom found in knowing Jesus Christ. See John 8:36, "if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed."


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-07
People Name General Velama
People Name in Country Velama
Population in India 435,000
World Population 435,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9 to 11
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Elama, Elma, Koppulavelama, Padma Nayak, Padma Velama, Padmai, Vadugan, Veduvan, Velama Naidu, Velamalu, Velamavaru, Yelama, Yelma, वेलमा
People ID 18304
ROP3 Code 113850
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Odisha
(220,000)
Telangana
(197,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(7,800)
Karnataka
(5,500)
Maharashtra
(4,200)
Tamil Nadu
(500)
Delhi
(200)
Chhattisgarh
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Odisha (220,000)
  Telangana (197,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (7,800)
  Karnataka (5,500)
  Maharashtra (4,200)
  Tamil Nadu (500)
  Delhi (200)
  Chhattisgarh (100)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (262,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Odia
(164,000)
Tamil
(3,200)
Kannada
(2,200)
Kui
(700)
Chhattisgarhi
(200)
Kurux
(200)
Marathi
(200)
Pengo
(200)
Malayalam
(60)
People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (262,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Odia (164,000)
  Tamil (3,200)
  Kannada (2,200)
  Kui (700)
  Chhattisgarhi (200)
  Kurux (200)
  Marathi (200)
  Pengo (200)
  Malayalam (60)
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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers 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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


Copyright © 2017 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.