Sishtakarnam in India

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

Introduction / History

Sishtakarnam people are only found in India. Historically, they were involved in royal management of ruling dynasties in ancient Orissa, now called Odisha. They were appointed to work as accountants, court officials, taxation, problem solving in villages, and collecting information and statistics.

Where Are they Located?

The Sishtakarnam people live along the coast of Andhra Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Sishtakarnam people are associated with Niyogi Brahmans, giving them much social esteem.
They are a writer caste, involving themselves in professions that need writing skills, ie. Documentation of land and property titles, accounts maintenance, and legal writing. Today, many Sishtakarnam people work as software professionals and medical doctors in foreign countries.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sishtakarnam people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Each Hindu community can choose the gods they worship based on which ones they believe will benefit them. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Sishtakarnam people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual and written Bible resources are available in Telugu, their spoken language, they remain unreached with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and his provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They need a relationship with the Holy God who blesses all who call on His name!

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sishtakarnam in India.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Sishtakarnam
* Pray for the Sishtakarnam people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Sishtakarnam people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Sishtakarnam disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Sishtakarnam communities.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sishtakarnam
People Name in Country Sishtakarnam
Population this Country 900
Population all Countries 900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karnalu; Karnam; Patnaik; Sestakarnam; Sishta Karnam; Srishti Karnam; सिष्तकारणम
People ID 18117
ROP3 Code 113622
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)
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 1
  Andhra Pradesh 900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (900 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (900 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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 LUMO film of Gospels
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 Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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