Velama in India

The Velama have only been reported in India
Population
433,000
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."


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-07
People Name General Velama
People Name in Country Velama
Population in India 433,000
World Population 433,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Velama
Ethnic Code CNN23d
Total Subgroups on file 16
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Kapulu
16,000
Guna
14,000
Racha
14,000
Pedda
100
Kamma
80
Yenadi
60
Polineti Velama
20
Adi
0
Eko
0
Holar
0
Kapu
0
Naik
0
Ponneti
0
Sikhamani
0
Toththala
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Velama
Ethnic Code CNN23d
Total Subgroups 16 (only 15 largest shown)
  Kapulu 16,000
  Guna 14,000
  Racha 14,000
  Pedda 100
  Kamma 80
  Yenadi 60
  Polineti Velama 20
  Adi 0
  Eko 0
  Holar 0
  Kapu 0
  Naik 0
  Ponneti 0
  Sikhamani 0
  Toththala 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 8
Largest States
Odisha
219,000
Telangana
196,000
Andhra Pradesh
7,800
Karnataka
5,500
Maharashtra
4,200
Tamil Nadu
500
Delhi
200
Chhattisgarh
90
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 8
  Odisha 219,000
  Telangana 196,000
  Andhra Pradesh 7,800
  Karnataka 5,500
  Maharashtra 4,200
  Tamil Nadu 500
  Delhi 200
  Chhattisgarh 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (261,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Odia
164,000
Tamil
3,100
Kannada
2,200
Kui
700
Chhattisgarhi
200
Kurux
200
Marathi
200
Pengo
200
Malayalam
60
Other People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (261,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Odia 164,000
  Tamil 3,100
  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
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 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 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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 latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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