People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Kalingi in India


Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Kalingi in India map

Flash Map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
325,000 Odia Hinduism 0.11 % Unknown   

Kalingi in India

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The Kalingi people wear the sacred thread, so they have high status as Hindus.

The Kalingi are believed to be immigrants from Chhattisgarh, and today they live primarily in Odisha. They are subdivided into two subgroups, and further divided into various lineages and clans.

What are their lives like?
They prohibit divorce. Many own land and are farmers, and others are employed in various ways.

What are their beliefs?
They are followers of a form of Hinduism, and worship family and clan deities. Their sacred specialists are from their own community.

What are their needs?
The Kalingi people need the spiritual humility to accept that they need someone to save them from sin against a holy God.

Prayer Points
A few Kalinga have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these Christians will come to a clear understanding of what it means to know Christ as savior and lord and will be zealous to know and serve him.

Pray for Kalingi disciplers who will disciple others in the ways of Christ.


View Kalingi in all countries.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-09-12
  Submit Update:
Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:325,000
Largest States:
Odisha (291,000)Andhra Pradesh (17,000)
Chhattisgarh (8,100)West Bengal (3,600)
Assam (1,100)Jharkhand (500)
Delhi (300)Maharashtra (300)
Tripura (200)Gujarat (60)
Submit Map:
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Kalingi
People Name General: Kalingi
Alternate People Names:
Kintali Kalingaकॅलिंगी
ROP3 Code: 112393
Joshua Project People ID: 17055
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 325,000
Population all Countries: 325,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Kalingi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Odia (252,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (11,000)Sambalpuri (4,900)
Kui (1,500)Hindi (600)
Kurux (500)Bengali (400)
Pengo (300)Kui, Dawik (300)
Assamese (200)Santhali: Karmali (Unknown)
Total Languages: 11
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.11 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.89 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Odia
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Kalingi in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Kalingi India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Kalingi in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Odia  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: