Adi Karnataka in India

The Adi Karnataka 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

Adi Karnataka people are a scheduled caste that originated from Karnataka. They are also known as Balagai. They speak the Kannada and Tamil languages.


Where Are they Located?

The Adi Karnatakas live in Mysore in Karnataka and the Nilgiri region of Tamil Nadu state.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They have sub groups, and they do not marry outside their group.

Adi Karnataka are laborers, some are land owners working in agriculture, carpentry, and for the government. They are educated, but their literacy level is not high. Women do the housework and do some paid work to help to support their families.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Adi Karnataka people are Hindu by religion and worship many gods. There are many forms of Hinduism each with their own deities and beliefs.


What Are Their Needs?

Nearly all Adi Karnataka people are Hindus, and their culture is locked into Hindu ways. Someone needs to show them how to make Jesus Christ central in their lives.

They need open hearts to hear God's answers to their spiritual problems.

Bible resources exist in Hindi, but Adi Karnataka people remain unreached.


Prayer Points

Pray that Adi Karnataka people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of the loving Father's blessings.
Pray they will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among them, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Adi Karnataka families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.


Scripture Prayers for the Adi Karnataka in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Adi Karnataka
People Name in Country Adi Karnataka
Pronunciation AH-dee ker-NAH-tuh-kuh
Population this Country 3,444,000
Population all Countries 3,444,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 69
Alternate Names Adiwasi; Balagai; Holaya; Holeya; Madiga; आदि कर्नाटका
People ID 16166
ROP3 Code 111268
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 on file 15
Largest States
Karnataka
3,371,000
Tamil Nadu
31,000
Maharashtra
8,700
Andhra Pradesh
3,000
Kerala
2,000
Telangana
1,500
Delhi
500
Goa
90
Puducherry
70
Gujarat
70
Madhya Pradesh
70
Haryana
40
Odisha
30
Dadra and Nagar Have
20
Chhattisgarh
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 15
  Karnataka 3,371,000
  Tamil Nadu 31,000
  Maharashtra 8,700
  Andhra Pradesh 3,000
  Kerala 2,000
  Telangana 1,500
  Delhi 500
  Goa 90
  Puducherry 70
  Gujarat 70
  Madhya Pradesh 70
  Haryana 40
  Odisha 30
  Dadra and Nagar Have 20
  Chhattisgarh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (2,935,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Tulu
14,000
Konkani
5,800
Tamil
1,400
Bellari
1,000
Konkani, Goan
1,000
Primary Language Kannada (2,935,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Tulu 14,000
  Konkani 5,800
  Tamil 1,400
  Bellari 1,000
  Konkani, Goan 1,000
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2022)
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
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.69 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.51 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.79 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more