Tolakari Kapu in India

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

Introduction / History

The Telugu word Kapu or Kaapu means protector, which often meant that they were charged with protecting a village. The Kapus were primarily a military-agrarian community which took up military service and participated in farming during peace time. Kapu subcastes also evolved based on occupation. They have several subcastes including the Tolakaris.

Kapus were inhabitants of the Andhra region, people who migrated from the north, cleared forests for agriculture and built settlements. They are the descendants of the Kaampu tribe, which migrated from Kampilya, Mithila and Ayodhya. These were ancient cities situated in the Gangetic Plains of northern India spread across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The migration seems to have occurred 2500 years ago, which coincides with the rise of the first Andhra Kingdom, Satavahanas. This migrant tribe initially settled along the banks of the Godavari River, cleared forests and built settlements and towns.

Where Are they Located?

This Hindu Kapu subgroup lives in Andhra Pradesh, a state in southeastern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Modern day Kapus have banded together to fight for their political rights. They have also organized agricultural unions to protect their economic and social interests. A significant number of Kapus have today diversified into industry, arts and academia. However, substantial segments of the population are still farmers. They are sometimes landowners, but others among them are poor and landless.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tolakari Kapu people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Since Hinduism is actually a generic description of all local religions practiced in South Asia, we can't say for sure which gods the Tolakari Kapu worship and which ones they do not worship. They worship the gods they believe will provide them with protection and favor. They enjoy yearly festivals such as Holi, a colorful festival that celebrates the beginning of spring.

What Are Their Needs?

Kapu people need the chance to encounter true spiritual wealth through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kapu Tolakari in India.

* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Tolakari Kapu people.
* Pray for a movement of Tolakari Kapu households to study the Bible and accept the spiritual blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Tolakari Kapu people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Tolakari Kapu people.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kapu Tolakari
People Name in Country Kapu Tolakari
Natural Name Tolakari Kapu
Population this Country 6,700
Population all Countries 6,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Tolagari; Tolakani Doralu; Tolakari; Tolegani Doralu; कापु टोलकारी
People ID 21153
ROP3 Code 117839
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)
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 1
  Andhra Pradesh 6,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (6,700 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (6,700 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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 LUMO film of Gospels
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 Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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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