Chalvadi in India

The Chalvadi have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction

The traditional occupations of this Scheduled Caste were carrying carcasses and working as village servants. They used to remind the Lingayat Bania about the full moon and new moon days of the month, so that the latter could perform the necessary rites to Lord Shiva. More recently, they are engaged as wage labourers in agricultural operations and some are employed in government service. Some of their deities are Durgamma, Mariyamma, Hanumantha, Yellamma and Huligamma. They accept water and cooked food from all communities except the Madar and Dhor.


Ministry Obstacles

The Chalvadi know very little about Jesus, and perceive Christianity as foreign to their identity as a community.


Outreach Ideas

Much prayer is needed to prepare hearts to understand and receive the Gospel message. Teams of workers relating and explaining stories from scripture can partially overcome the low literacy rate.


Prayer Focus

There are a few followers of Jesus Christ within this community, and they need our prayers. Pray they will consistently clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, and will represent Christ well. Pray this low caste community will be able to increasingly educate their children, find improved employment situations, and see their standard of living rise in years ahead.


Scripture Prayers for the Chalvadi in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chalvadi
People Name in Country Chalvadi
Population this Country 252,000
Population all Countries 252,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Calwadi; Chalavadi; Channayya; Mala; चलवादी
People ID 16566
ROP3 Code 111757
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 11
Largest States
Karnataka
242,000
Maharashtra
3,900
Goa
1,900
Gujarat
700
Kerala
300
Andhra Pradesh
200
Telangana
200
Delhi
100
Tamil Nadu
100
Rajasthan
30
Odisha
10
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 11
  Karnataka 242,000
  Maharashtra 3,900
  Goa 1,900
  Gujarat 700
  Kerala 300
  Andhra Pradesh 200
  Telangana 200
  Delhi 100
  Tamil Nadu 100
  Rajasthan 30
  Odisha 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (208,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Konkani
6,300
Telugu
4,400
Marathi
4,000
Konkani, Goan
1,100
Gujarati
600
Tulu
500
Tamil
400
Mewari
30
Primary Language Kannada (208,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 6,300
  Telugu 4,400
  Marathi 4,000
  Konkani, Goan 1,100
  Gujarati 600
  Tulu 500
  Tamil 400
  Mewari 30
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 Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
1.40 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.56 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more