Nagartha in India

The Nagartha have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Nagartha people of southern India came originally from the northern Indian, specifically the ancient city of Ayodhya, the place Hindus believe is the birthplace of their god Rama. The Nagarthas were traditionally merchants, skilled artisans, moneylenders, and farm owners.


Where Are they Located?

The Nagartha people live in the south Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Nagarthas are members of the third main caste of Hinduism, the Vaishya or merchant class. They are a forward (ie, privileged) class and therefore not eligible for India's affirmative action programs. They are mostly well educated and economically self-sufficient. Nagarthas encourage their children to obtain a college education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nagartha practice Hinduism, the predominant, historic religion of India. One large group of Nagartha worship Vishnu, the preserver god while another main group worship Shiva, the destroyer god. They strive to follow the religious customs of the Brahmins, the highest and priestly caste of Hinduism. The Nagartha cremate their dead and have the unusual custom of carrying their dead in a blanket.


Prayer Points

Pray the Nagartha would find their true riches in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray the Lord would lead the Nagartha to hunger for and read the Bible. It is available in their three main languages.
Pray the Lord would raise up growing, Bible believing churches in the Nagartha community.


Scripture Prayers for the Nagartha in India.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Nagartha
People Name in Country Nagartha
Alternate Names Ayodhyanagaradavaru; Nagarakulam; Nagarata; Nagarattar; Nattu Kotai Chetti; Nattukkotai Cettiar; Nattukottai Chettiar; नगरता
Population this Country 65,000
Population all Countries 65,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17742
ROP3 Code 113200
ROP25 Code 305786
ROP25 Name Nagaratha
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Karnataka
49,000
Tamil Nadu
15,000
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Karnataka 49,000
  Tamil Nadu 15,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.85 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.15 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Kannada (40,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Tamil
10,000
Telugu
4,400
Primary Language Kannada (40,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 10,000
  Telugu 4,400
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1827-2023)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2024)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source David Kugel 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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