The Gangakula are mainly a landless community. Inland fishing has been their traditional occupation, but today they are involved in other vocations. They have four gotras, or clans, namely Vyas, Valmiki, Agastya and Kashyapa. Marriage rituals include smearing of turmeric paste, tying of thali, and throwing of rice smeared in turmeric powder. They bury the dead and observe death pollution for eleven days. They are Hindu and worship gods like Shiva, Krishna, Venkateshwara, and goddesses like Gangamma, Yellamma, Maramma and Lakshmi.
Karnataka, the main home of the Gangakula people, has been said to be the most spiritually needy state of South India. Rural areas, especially, are gripped in poverty. More than 1,000 attacks each year are directed at Christians by Hindu militants.
There may well be no followers of Jesus today among the Gangakula people, but there are many Christians in Karnataka. Perhaps some evangelical believers will be led by the Lord's Spirit to minister to the Gangakula community.
Pray for any secret believes among this people group, that the Lord will protect their faith and give them hungry hearts to read, or listen to, scriptures and other good Christian resources.
Please pray for good employment opportunities for the mostly landless Gangakula people.
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done." Psalm 105:1