People-in-Country Profile

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

Gandia Odisha in India

Gandia Odisha

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Gandia Odisha in India map

Flash Map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,100 Koya Hinduism 2.18 % Unknown   

Gandia Odisha in India

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The Koya live along the banks of the River Godavari in the Kammam district of Andhra Pradesh. They are also found in the states of Orissa and Chattisgarh.

What are their lives like?
They are mainly agriculturalists but also work as daily labourers when they do not have work in their fields. They used to be isolated, but of late they are slowly merging with mainstream Indian society and are seeing much development.

The Koya love socialising. They make use of every opportunity to meet their friends and relatives. A weekly market in each locality draws many people for this purpose, not just for selling and buying. Young boys and girls also use these socialising events to choose their life partners.

What are their beliefs?
Koyas were originally animistic in faith, but now take pride in a Hindu identity. During the early years of Christian work among the Koya, those who became Christians faced much opposition from the community. Actions against them included excommunication from the community and denial of access to the water source. Over a period of time, Christian Koya became accepted, though they mingle with others only during social gatherings, not for Koya religious festivals.

Several Christian organisations are working among the Koya, providing literacy, medical and community development services along with evangelistic outreach. Several Koya churches have been established and many Koya Christians are being equipped through short-term Bible Schools to be evangelists in their own community.

The New Testament is translated and available in the Koya language. Old Testament translation is in progress. Koya songs and study materials are resources also available as audio cassettes and CDs. Although there are many Koya Christian workers and resources, many more Christian workers are needed. Pray that God will send additional workers for the growing ministry among the Koya.

What are their needs?
The Government has done much to improve the living conditions of Koyas. Their traditional mud houses with thatched roofs have been replaced by tiled or concrete roofed houses and some have their own private toilet facilities.

Prayer Points
Effective use of the translated New Testament in Koya churches and in the personal lives of Koya Christians.
Completion and distribution of audio recordings of the Koya New Testament.
The trial printing of the Book of Psalms.
A training facility for mother tongue translators for the OT project.
The literacy classes to increase reading of Scripture personally and in the churches.

View Gandia Odisha in all countries.

Prayer Links
  Submit Update:
Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:4,100
Largest States:
Odisha (4,100)
Submit Map:
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Gandia Odisha
People Name General: Gandia Odisha
Alternate People Names:
गंदिया, वडिषा
ROP3 Code: 115101
Joshua Project People ID: 19045
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,100
Population all Countries: 4,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Gandia Odisha
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Koya (1,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kff    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gondi, Northern (600)Odia (600)
Oriya, Adivasi (400)Hindi (100)
Kharia (100)Gadaba, Bodo (20)
Duruwa (20)Juang (10)
Gadaba, Pottangi Ollar (Unknown)Ho (Unknown)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 17
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.18 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.65 % 
Islam0.14 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.03 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1882-1889
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Koya
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Text / Printed MatterBible: Koya
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

Gandia Odisha in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Gandia Odisha India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Gandia Odisha in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Koya  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: