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Velama in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
510,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.08 % Unknown   

Velama in India

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Farming has been the primary vocation of this caste living in western India. The Velama are Hindu who belong to the Vaishnava sect, and their principle deity is Lord Narsimha. They invite Brahmins to assist in their rituals. They traditionally accept water and cooked food from higher Hindu castes but not from the Scheduled Castes. The service castes such as the Ambattan (barber) and Vannan (washermen) serve them. They have rich oral traditions in the form of folk-songs which are sung by both men and women during fairs and festivities and the performing of rituals.

Ministry Obstacles
Hinduism produces a very different understanding of spiritual issues than does the Christian Bible. Changing a person's understanding and belief system radically is usually a slow and painful process.

Outreach Ideas
Please pray the few followers of Jesus today within this community will grow in numbers and in spiritual maturity. They have the potential of taking the Gospel message to all of their own caste as they become stronger.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Please pray for the Velama who have reported themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Pray they will lead holy lives and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit, demonstrating love, joy, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Please pray the Velama caste will be set free from the bondage of the caste system, and be drawn to the freedom found in knowing Jesus Christ. See John 8:36, "if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed."

Scripture Focus
It will be said on that day, Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-07
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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:510,000
Largest States:
Odisha (256,000)Telangana (228,000)
Andhra Pradesh (9,200)Karnataka (6,300)
Maharashtra (5,200)Tamil Nadu (500)
Delhi (300)Chhattisgarh (200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Velama
People Name General: Velama
Alternate People Names:
KoppulavelamaPadma Nayak
Padma VelamaPadmai
Velama NaiduVelamalu
ROP3 Code: 113850
Joshua Project People ID: 18304
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 510,000
Population all Countries: 510,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Velama
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (267,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Odia (163,000)Tamil (3,400)
Kannada (2,300)Kui (600)
Chhattisgarhi (300)Marathi (200)
Desiya (200)Kurux (200)
Pengo (200)
Total Languages: 10
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.08 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.92 % 
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
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1854-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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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 Telugu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Story
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Telugu
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Telugu
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Velama in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Velama India    
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      Hinduism     Telugu  
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