The Vellala are Hindus by religion. They are a very old community.
In Tamil Nadu they speak, read and write in Tamil. There are vegetarians and non-vegetarians among them. They eat rice and millet. Cousin marriages take place. Divorce and widows marrying again are not allowed. Widowers can marry again. On the death of the father, the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. There are birth and marriage rituals and the dead are either buried or cremated. Agriculture is their main work and they tend to be landlords. They use traditional and modern medicines and family planning. There are politicians among them. Boys and girls get educated.
In Kerala the Vellala use Malayalam as well as Tamil. They migrated from Tamil Nadu. Divorce and marrying again are allowed. They are vegetarians. The dead are cremated. They have an organization that looks after them.
* Pray that Vellala leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the church will not neglect to pray for them.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Vellalan Tondamandalam|
|People Name in Country||Vellalan Tondamandalam|
|Population in India||209,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||4|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Thondai Mandala Mudaliar, Thondaimandala Saiva, Tondaimandala Mudaliar Christian, Tondamandalam Saiva, Vellalar|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Tamil (209,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||tam Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Tamil|
Primary Language: Tamil
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1715-1998)|
|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||General Ministry Resources|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||General Ministry Resources|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Tamil|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Old Version Bible|