Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) in India

The Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) 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 / History

The Vathiriyan are labeled a scheduled caste, which means they do not have good status, but they are not at the bottom of the Hindu social hierarchy. They live in southern Tamil Nadu and speak Tamil.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In 2018 they went to court to not be considered part of the Devendrakula people. This controversy was still alive in 2021. They have their own culture, traditions and even religious practices. These, they say, set them apart from other communities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vathiriyan worship Lord Perumal along with other Hindu gods and goddesses.


What Are Their Needs?

There are thousands of vibrant Christ followers in Tamil Nadu who can reach the Vathiriyan community for Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to bless the Vathiriyan people so abundantly that they will see he is the only one worthy of praise and worship.
Pray for loving workers to go to the Vathiriyan people until there are disciples who make more disciples.
Pray the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Vathiriyan to understand and to believe the gospel.
Pray for the Lord to bless the Vathiriyan people with adequate education and medical facilities.


Scripture Prayers for the Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/vathiriyan-community-has-unique-tradition-and-culture-high-court-madurai/article23228257.ece
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/oct/06/tmmk-president-john-pandians-remarks-draw-flak-from-vathiriyar-community-2206503.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 10,000
Population all Countries 10,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names वतिरियाँ
People ID 18302
ROP3 Code 113847
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 3
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
9,900
Maharashtra
80
Telangana
60
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 3
  Tamil Nadu 9,900
  Maharashtra 80
  Telangana 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tamil (10,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (10,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
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Photo Source Anonymous 
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