Palnati Velama in India

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

Introduction / History

The Palnati are a subgroup of the Velama caste. The first record of them dates back to the 17th century. At one time local kings gave them power in some parts of what is now Telangana. These same kings gave different ranks to the various Velama castes which caused rivalries and resentment between the various Velama groups. The Palnatis were not among the top tiered Velama groups.


Where Are they Located?

The Palnati Velama people live in Odisha, a state in eastern India. The greater Velama peoples are mainly in Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of them own enough land to live in luxury. Like many people groups who look to the past for their identity, the Palnati Velama people are aware of their past, but not focused on the future.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Palnati Velama people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Palnati Velama people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Palnati Velama people need to put their identity in the King of kings rather than in their past military exploits. Christ determines the future.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Velama Palnati in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Palnati Velama people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Palnati Velama families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
* Pray for Palnati Velama 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 Palnati Velama family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21273/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velama
https://velamahistoryandlegendz.blogspot.com/2016/08/velama-history-history-of-velamas-is-as.html
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18304/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/08/07


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Velama Palnati
People Name in Country Velama Palnati
Natural Name Palnati Velama
Population this Country 16,000
Population all Countries 16,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names वेलमा पालनाती
People ID 21273
ROP3 Code 118096
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
  Odisha 16,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (10,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Odia
5,900
Primary Language Telugu (10,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Odia 5,900
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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 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 website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
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.
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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