Holaya Dasar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Holaya Dasar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Holaya Dasari people were once alms-seekers, so it is clear that they have low status in the Hindu world. Their name means "dry crop field" (hola) and "servant" (dasari). Today most of the Holaya Dasari people are agricultural day laborers.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Holaya Dasari people are located in India's southern state of Karnataka, and they speak the language of that state, Kannada.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Holaya Dasari people occasionally eat meat instead of grains and legumes, but even when they do, they will not eat beef. Eating beef would be unacceptable to a Hindu people.

Their marriages are arranged and negotiated by the families of the bride and groom. Adult marriage is the norm, and they do not allow someone to have more than one wife. The husband's family pays the bride's family a nominal fee as a bride price at the time of the wedding, which takes place at the groom's family home. The couple stays with or near the husband's family. Today more Holaya Dasari couples are choosing to live apart from their parents than they did in the past. Brahmin priests conduct their wedding ceremonies.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Holaya Dasari are Hindus who worship deities like Venkataramana, Vishnu, Hanumantha, and Ababai. Brahmin priests are their sacred specialists.

What Are Their Needs?

This is a community that has not had opportunity to get the education they need to compete in India's rapidly developing economy. Their girls are deprived of an education for cultural reasons. Since most of them speak one of India's major languages, especially Kannada, they have all kinds of gospel materials available to them.

Prayer Points

* Pray for believers to provide the Holaya Dasari people with opportunities to get the education they need to thrive.
* Ask the Lord to soften Holaya Dasari hearts, and give them a desire for the righteousness and truth that can only come from Jesus Christ.
* Pray for gospel materials to become readily available in all Holaya Dasari communities.

People Name General Holaya Dasar
People Name in Country Holaya Dasar
Population in India 8,400
World Population 8,400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chenna Dasar, Gancha, Garancha
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Holaya Dasar
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 16920
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 (4,100) Telangana (2,100) Gujarat (1,400) Tamil Nadu (400)
Andhra Pradesh (300) Goa (70) Rajasthan (40)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (4,100) Telangana (2,100)
Gujarat (1,400) Tamil Nadu (400)
Andhra Pradesh (300) Goa (70)
Rajasthan (40)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (6,500) Gujarati (1,200) Telugu (200) Marathi (100)
Hindi (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 6,500 Gujarati 1,200
Telugu 200 Marathi 100
Hindi 100
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 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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