Mahishya in India



Population

9,469,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Introduction / History

The Mahishya or Sadgop people are also known as Chasa or Chasi. They live in West Bengal and surrounding states. The titles they use are Sarkar, Roy, Majumdar, Biswas, Mallik, Khan and Mandal. Sadgop have several gotras such as Sandilya, Kashyap, Bharadwaj, Moudgulya and Alambayan. In the Varna system, they are known as Vaisyas and as the members of Nabashakha group.

The name Sadgop is derived from the two Sanskrit words: 'Sad' means good and 'Gop' means milkman. They are believed to be the descendants of lord Krishna. The Sadgop are a land owning community. Agriculture is their traditional and primary occupation.

Rice and wheat are their staple food. They drink alcohol and chew tobacco locally known as Khaine and Guraku. Their mother tongue is Bengali. They are also conversant with the Hindi and Oriya languages.

Marriages are negotiated and monogamy is common among them. Married women have a significant role to play in the ritual performances. Women worship the goddess Lakshmi daily. The Sadgop are expert in Alpana or floor painting on pujas.

They propitiate Hari and Lakshmi as their family deities. Their village deities are Dharmaraj, Manasa and Shiva among others. Gaya and Vrindaban are their pilgrim centers. Durgapuja, Kalipuja and Dharmarajer are their major festivals.

Alternate names: Chasa, Chasi


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Sadgop people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For them to give up their dependence on alcohol and chewing tobacco.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-15
People Name General Mahishya
People Name in Country Mahishya
Population in India 9,469,000
World Population 10,180,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chasa, Chasi, Chasidas, Halidas, Haluadas, Haludas, Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Kurmangiya, Mahisayadas, Matsyadas, Pilwan Mahaout, Sadgop
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Mahishya
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 17411
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:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (6,238,000) Odisha (2,228,000) Assam (663,000) Jharkhand (204,000)
Tripura (118,000) Bihar (35,000) Meghalaya (20,000) Chhattisgarh (17,000)
Delhi (14,000) Maharashtra (13,000) Nagaland (12,000) Uttar Pradesh (11,000)
Madhya Pradesh (8,300) Andaman and Nicobar (7,100) Arunachal Pradesh (6,200) Manipur (3,400)
Uttarakhand (3,100) Mizoram (3,000) Rajasthan (2,400) Karnataka (1,400)
Total States on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (6,238,000) Odisha (2,228,000)
Assam (663,000) Jharkhand (204,000)
Tripura (118,000) Bihar (35,000)
Meghalaya (20,000) Chhattisgarh (17,000)
Delhi (14,000) Maharashtra (13,000)
Nagaland (12,000) Uttar Pradesh (11,000)
Madhya Pradesh (8,300) Andaman and Nicobar (7,100)
Arunachal Pradesh (6,200) Manipur (3,400)
Uttarakhand (3,100) Mizoram (3,000)
Rajasthan (2,400) Karnataka (1,400)
Languages & Dialects on file:  22  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (6,533,000) Oriya (2,109,000) Assamese (552,000) Hindi (311,000)
Kui (22,000) Mundari (12,000) Santhali (11,000) Maithili (8,800)
Kurux (6,000) Ho (2,800) Kuvi (2,300) Bhojpuri (900)
Andaman Creole Hindi (800) Juang (800) Kharia (600) Chhattisgarhi (600)
Gondi, Northern (300) Powari (200) Munda (200) Koda (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 6,533,000 Oriya 2,109,000
Assamese 552,000 Hindi 311,000
Kui 22,000 Mundari 12,000
Santhali 11,000 Maithili 8,800
Kurux 6,000 Ho 2,800
Kuvi 2,300 Bhojpuri 900
Andaman Creole Hindi 800 Juang 800
Kharia 600 Chhattisgarhi 600
Gondi, Northern 300 Powari 200
Munda 200 Koda 100

For Main Lanugage: Bengali


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.77 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
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Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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