Reddi Ganjam Kapu in India

The Kapu Reddi Ganjam have only been reported in India
Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Telugu word Kapu or Kaapu means protector. They are also referred to by their caste title Naidu, which means leader.

Kapus were inhabitants of the Andhra region, people who migrated from the north, cleared forests for agriculture and built settlements. They are the descendants of the Kaampu tribe, an Indo-Aryan tribe, which migrated from Kampilya, Mithila and Ayodhya. These were ancient cities situated in the Gangetic Plains of northern India spread across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The migration seems to have occurred 2500 years ago, which coincides with the rise of the first Andhra Kingdom, Satavahanas. This migrant tribe initially settled along the banks of the Godavari River, cleared forests and built settlements and towns.

The Kapus were primarily a military/agrarian community which took up military service and participated in farming during peace time. Consequently Kapu subcastes evolved based on occupation. One of these subtribes is the Reddi Ganjams.

Where Are they Located?

This Hindu people group lives in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In the 1990s there were irrigation projects that helped farming Kapus to increase their yields. Modern day Kapus have banded together to fight for their political rights. A 2016 news article describes Kapus as “economically powerful but socially weak.” They have also organized agricultural unions to protect their way of life. A significant number of Kapus have today diversified into industry, arts and academia. However, substantial segments of the population are still farmers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Reddi Ganjam Kapu people are Hindus. Hinduism is basically a catch-all description of the various religious practices of South Asian peoples encountered by the British colonialists. They worship and appease any god they believe will offer them protection and favor. Their relationship with these gods is more like a business transaction than a relationship. Like members of any religious community, they love their yearly celebrations and festivals.

What Are Their Needs?

This farming community needs opportunities to expand into other areas, given the current changes in India’s economy.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kapu Reddi Ganjam in India.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Reddi Ganjam Kapu.
* Pray for the Reddi Ganjam Kapu people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods with abundant spiritual wealth.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Reddi Ganjam Kapu people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Reddi Ganjam Kapu disciples to make more disciples who will make even more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Reddi Ganjam Kapu families.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kapu Reddi Ganjam
People Name in Country Kapu Reddi Ganjam
Natural Name Reddi Ganjam Kapu
World Population 26,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ganjam Reddulu; Ganjam Reddy; Ganjam Redulu; Kapu; Reddiar; Reddika; Reddy; कापु रेड्डी गंजाम
People ID 21152
ROP3 Code 117975
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 26,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (26,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (26,000 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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
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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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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