Mahishya in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Mahishya in India.

* 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  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-09-29
People Name General Mahishya
People Name in Country Mahishya
Pronunciation mah-hee-shee-AH
Population this Country 9,931,000
Population all Countries 10,677,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 199
Alternate Names Chasa; Chasi; Chasidas; Halidas; Haluadas; Haludas; Kaibarta; Kaibartta; Kurmangiya; Mahisayadas; Mahisya; Matsyadas; Pilwan Mahaout; Sadgop; महिष्या
People ID 17411
ROP3 Code 112811
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
6,351,000
Odisha
2,209,000
Assam
819,000
Jharkhand
234,000
Tripura
154,000
Bihar
32,000
Meghalaya
17,000
Chhattisgarh
15,000
Nagaland
15,000
Delhi
14,000
Maharashtra
14,000
Uttar Pradesh
11,000
Arunachal Pradesh
9,400
Madhya Pradesh
8,300
Andaman and Nicobar
7,100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 6,351,000
  Odisha 2,209,000
  Assam 819,000
  Jharkhand 234,000
  Tripura 154,000
  Bihar 32,000
  Meghalaya 17,000
  Chhattisgarh 15,000
  Nagaland 15,000
  Delhi 14,000
  Maharashtra 14,000
  Uttar Pradesh 11,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 9,400
  Madhya Pradesh 8,300
  Andaman and Nicobar 7,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (6,774,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
2,063,000
Assamese
600,000
Hindi
416,000
Maithili
13,000
Kok Borok
11,000
Kui
5,500
Magahi
4,000
Santhali
2,700
Mundari
1,600
Kurux
1,400
Sadri
1,200
Kuvi
900
Bhojpuri
900
Andaman Hindi Creole
800
Juang
800
Primary Language Bengali (6,774,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 2,063,000
  Assamese 600,000
  Hindi 416,000
  Maithili 13,000
  Kok Borok 11,000
  Kui 5,500
  Magahi 4,000
  Santhali 2,700
  Mundari 1,600
  Kurux 1,400
  Sadri 1,200
  Kuvi 900
  Bhojpuri 900
  Andaman Hindi Creole 800
  Juang 800
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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 God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.60 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.03 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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