Mahishya in India


Population
10,137,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 10,137,000
World Population 10,838,800
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Chasa, Chasi, Chasidas, Halidas, Haluadas, Haludas, Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Kurmangiya, Mahisayadas, Matsyadas, Pilwan Mahaout, Sadgop, महिष्या
People ID 17411
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 34
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (6,482,000) Odisha (2,314,000) Assam (842,000)
Jharkhand (213,000) Tripura (122,000) Bihar (35,000)
Chhattisgarh (15,000) Meghalaya (15,000) Delhi (14,000)
Maharashtra (14,000) Nagaland (13,000) Uttar Pradesh (12,000)
Arunachal Pradesh (8,800) Madhya Pradesh (8,600) Andaman and Nicobar (7,300)
Manipur (4,000) Mizoram (3,500) Uttarakhand (3,300)
Rajasthan (2,500) Karnataka (1,500)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 34  (only 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (6,482,000) Odisha (2,314,000)
Assam (842,000) Jharkhand (213,000)
Tripura (122,000) Bihar (35,000)
Chhattisgarh (15,000) Meghalaya (15,000)
Delhi (14,000) Maharashtra (14,000)
Nagaland (13,000) Uttar Pradesh (12,000)
Arunachal Pradesh (8,800) Madhya Pradesh (8,600)
Andaman and Nicobar (7,300) Manipur (4,000)
Mizoram (3,500) Uttarakhand (3,300)
Rajasthan (2,500) Karnataka (1,500)
Primary Language: Bengali (6,629,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 22
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Oriya (2,109,000) Assamese (600,000) Hindi (312,000)
Kui (22,000) Mundari (12,000) Santhali (11,000)
Maithili (8,500) 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) Magahi (100)
Primary Language: Bengali (6,629,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 22
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Oriya (2,109,000) Assamese (600,000)
Hindi (312,000) Kui (22,000)
Mundari (12,000) Santhali (11,000)
Maithili (8,500) 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) Magahi (100)
Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
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Resource Type Resource Name
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 Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
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
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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