Veerabhadreeya (Viramushti) in India

The Veerabhadreeya (Viramushti) 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

Viramushti people are a low caste of beggars. Their name refers to the ability of their ancestors in boxing.


Where Are they Located?

This Hindu community lives in the central states of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Viramushti people believe their original occupation to be begging and selling balls of holy ashes. They extort alms by beating their bodies, cutting them with a sword and pricking them with needles. Some work in agriculture as farm laborers. Their women are skillful tattoo artists and make mats of leaves.

A man is allowed to marry his elder sister's daughter. He may also marry the daughter of his maternal uncle or paternal aunt, but not the daughter of his maternal aunt. Two sisters may be married to the same man at the same time, or successively. Polygamy is permitted to any extent; but is limited to four wives at a time. Women may inherit if no men are available.

The social rank of Viramushti people is very low. None except the lowest unclean classes will take food from them, which indicates their low status. It is said that they accept cooked food only from Brahmans. They eat fish, poultry, pigs, and sheep, and fermented drink.

They bury their dead. No mourning occurs, but on the tenth day after death they hold a feast to commemorate the deceased.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Viramushti people follow the Hindu religion, incorporating animistic beliefs into their daily lives.


What Are Their Needs?

These people are very poor, and ignorant of the most important information for their eternal life. They do not know of another way of life and will live in terrible bondage until someone tells them of the Savior who has provided a choice for them to live in peace eternally.

Bible resources exist in their Telugu language however they remain an unreached people group.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Veerabhadreeya (Viramushti) in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Viramushti people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Viramushti families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Viramushti families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Viramushti family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

http://indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Viramushti:_Deccan


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Veerabhadreeya (Viramushti)
People Name in Country Veerabhadreeya (Viramushti)
World Population 41,000
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 Bhadrapad; Bhadrapada; Nettibutala; Nettikotala; Veer; Veera Mushti; Veera Musti; Veerabhatulu; Veeramushti; Vir; Virabhat; Virabhatulu; विरअमूष्टि
People ID 18312
ROP3 Code 113859
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 5
Largest States
Telangana
34,000
Andhra Pradesh
6,700
Maharashtra
700
Odisha
300
Karnataka
100
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 5
  Telangana 34,000
  Andhra Pradesh 6,700
  Maharashtra 700
  Odisha 300
  Karnataka 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (41,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Odia
50
Primary Language Telugu (41,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Odia 50
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  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
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 Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Avatar

Welcome. I’m a virtual assistant and will try to answer questions about Joshua Project, unreached people groups, the Great Commission and more. How can I help you?

For further help try our FAQ, Definitions or Contact Us pages.