The word helava means lame man. In Karnataka, the Helava speak, read and write in Kannada. They are mostly vegetarians and eat rice as a cereal.
The Helava allow cousin marriages. Marriage is negotiated. They are monogamous and have birth and marriage rituals. The divorced and bereaved can marry again. The dead are buried or cremated. Hinduism is their religion.
Some of the Helava work as as labourers in agriculture. Boys are educated. They use modern and traditional medicines but do not tend to like using family planning.
In Maharashtra the Helava are similar to those in Karnataka. They do use family planning though. As well as Kannada they can speak in Telugu and read and write in Devanagari. They are not vegetarians as they eat pork. Wheat is eaten by them.
* Scripture Prayers for the Pichakuntla in India.
* Pray that Indian Christians lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Pichakuntla|
|People Name in Country||Pichakuntla|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Azhati; Bhaktollu; Ghantavaru; Gollakulam; Hanevi; Helava; Helve; Hilav; Jogi; Manda Buchawad; Pichaguntla; Pichchiguntala; Pichiguntla; Pichugunta; Pichukuntala; Pikaquadia; Pisharati; Pitchiguntalavandlu; Pitchiguntla; Pitchiguntlollu; Vartanakapu; पिचकुंतला|
|Affinity Bloc||South Asian Peoples|
|People Cluster||South Asia Hindu - other|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||5|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Telugu (38,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||tel Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Telugu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1989)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Telugu|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Telugu|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Pearl of Great Price|
|Film / Video||The Story|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|