Chenna Dasar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Chenna Dasar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Their name comes from a word meaning "pole." Most work as mendicants, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, god of Tirupathi. Others work increasingly in agriculture and as wage laborers. They speak Kannada and write in the Kannada script.

Where Are they Located?

The Chenna Dasar live primarily in Karnataka. Many also live in Maharashtra. In Karnataka they primarily live in Dharwad and Belgaum.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are not vegetarians, but do avoid eating beef and pork. They also drink alcoholic beverages on special occasions.

Marriages are arranged and take place between two separate clans. The couple marry at adulthood in a ceremony that is celebrated at the home of the man. The subsequent marriage feast is celebrated at the home of the bride's family. A cash bride price is paid for the girl.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus who worship Hanuman and Yellamma as their main deities. They also worship their ancestors. Their religious practitioners are Jogis.


Global Encyclopaedia of the West Indian Dalit's Ethnography, K. C. Das, editor. 2008. pgs 73,74.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chenna Dasar
People Name in Country Chenna Dasar
Population in India 47,000
World Population 47,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bukkavallu, Butta, Chakrawadya Dasar, Channa Dasar, Dadulu, Dandiga Dasar, Dasari Bakka, Dasarlu, Dasri, Hari Dasar, Holaya Dasar, Jambu Dasar, Krishna Balija, Krishnabalija, Krishnapaksi, Krusna Balija, Kumkum, Kumkum Varthakulu, Kumkumavallu, Mannan, Mettelavallu, Poosala, Pusala, Pusalavallu, Sadulu
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Chenna Dasar
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 16555
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (43,000) Maharashtra (2,600) Bihar (800) Telangana (600)
Andhra Pradesh (300) Tamil Nadu (90) Goa (20)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (43,000) Maharashtra (2,600)
Bihar (800) Telangana (600)
Andhra Pradesh (300) Tamil Nadu (90)
Goa (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (40,000) Telugu (2,600) Marathi (2,000) Konkani, Goan (700)
Hindi (600) Tulu (200) Konkani (200) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 40,000 Telugu 2,600
Marathi 2,000 Konkani, Goan 700
Hindi 600 Tulu 200
Konkani 200 Marwari 0
For Primary Language: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kannada Film / Video
Kannada Bible stories Audio Recordings
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Kannada Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
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 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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