Patelia Koli 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 Koli Patelia are a landowning caste who live in the west Indian state of Gujarat. During the British colonial period they often served as tax collectors and administrators. The name Patel comes from a word meaning village chief. Many Patelia also went into business and commerce during the Raj period. Some Koli Patelia claim descent from Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. Therefore, they are Kshatriya, the second highest caste in the Hindu system. Others say they are Vaishyas, the caste of merchants and traders. The name Patel is prominent in entertainment, politics, medicine, and business in west India. Ironically the Patelia are seeking scheduled caste classification as their children are having trouble finding spots in Indian universities. The Patelia are the dominant caste in Gujarati government and industry. Outside of the state of Gujarat, some Koli groups do have scheduled caste status. The primary language of the Koli Patelia is Gujarati. They also speak Hindi and English. A newly edited complete Bible became available in Gujarati in 2016. Only a tiny number of believers exists among the Koli Patelia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Patelia still own large tracts of land but the land is often cultivated by lower castes. Most Patelia are involved in business, education, administration, and politics. Patelia parents encourage their children to obtain graduate degrees. Some are strict vegetarians while others eat meat except for beef. Patelia live in modern Indian cities in Gujarat. Families arrange adult marriages with the consent of the young people. Newly married couples generally live apart from their parents. Sons inherit property. The Patelia hire Brahmin priests to officiate at important family ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. They cremate their dead. There is a Patelia diaspora throughout the world. Many Patels live in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and in South America. They are business owners, physicians and professors who maintain contact with their relatives and friends in Gujarat.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Patelia practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Patelia 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The Patelia pay special homage to Rama and Krishna. The main yearly holidays of the Patelia 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. The Patelia are considered Kshatriyas which means they have good status in Hindu society.


What Are Their Needs?

The Patelia are proud of their strong Hindu tradition. Pride, status and wealth can keep people from seeing themselves as sinners in need of a savior. The Patelia must hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Koli Patelia in India.

* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish in Koli Patelia communities. * Pray that Gujarati Bibles and resources would fall into the right Patelia hands. * Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Patelia families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings. * Pray for Patelia families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ and His finished work.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-07-25
People Name General Koli Patelia
People Name in Country Koli Patelia
Natural Name Patelia Koli
Population this Country 466,000
Population all Countries 473,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names Patel; कोली पतेलियाऑफ गुजरात
People ID 21159
ROP3 Code 117982
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 on file 2
Largest States
Gujarat
466,000
Daman and Diu
400
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 2
  Gujarat 466,000
  Daman and Diu 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (440,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
21,000
Kacchi
4,500
Primary Language Gujarati (440,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 21,000
  Kacchi 4,500
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
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.
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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