Dasnami Gosain in India

The Gosain Dasnami have only been reported 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 Dasnami Gosain were traditionally a group of wandering, begging mendicants living a life devoted to Hindi god Shiva. Many today do not follow this ascetic lifestyle and work jobs in north and central India. The largest population lives in Uttar Pradesh. The primary language of the Dasnami Gosain is Hindi. They also speak regional languages of India. Many resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. Many Gosain men are college educated and speak English.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Gosain men still follow their ancient life of begging, praying and teaching the Hindu sacred writings. They are celibate and strict vegetarians. Many more Gosain own land and work in agriculture and in the dairy industry. Gosain men have occupations in government, education and the professions. Wives are encouraged to stay home and care for their children. Men generally have higher status than women in this people. A man may marry another wife if his first wife is infertile. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. The Dasnami marry within their group or sometimes in the larger Gosain people. Some Gosain are strict vegetarians while other eat meat except for beef. Caste associations enforce cultural norms. A Gosain person who violates their rules is fined or shunned. A Gosain who becomes a believer could face being ostracized by family and neighbors.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dasnami Gosain consider themselves to be devoted Hindus. They pay special reverence to Shiva, the destroyer god of the Hindu trinity. The Dasnami also worship and serve other gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Gosain visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Gosain people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Dasnami need to understand that their devotion to Shiva will not lead to forgiveness of sin or eternal life. Only Jesus can do those things. Dasnami women could benefit from literacy training so they can read the Hindi Bible for themselves.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gosain Dasnami in India.

* Pray that Gosain people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ. * Pray that intercessors worldwide will regularly pray for salvation of Dasnami Gosain people. * Pray for Spirit-filled servants to disciple them, and plant churches among them. * Ask God to raise up entire Gosain families and communities until their culture is transformed to fully glorify God and represent His Kingdom here on earth.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/gosain/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gossain 


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gosain Dasnami
People Name in Country Gosain Dasnami
Natural Name Dasnami Gosain
Population this Country 406,000
Population all Countries 406,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Gharhari
People ID 21721
ROP3 Code 118508
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 9
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
292,000
Madhya Pradesh
37,000
Uttarakhand
25,000
Chhattisgarh
15,000
Bihar
15,000
Jharkhand
13,000
West Bengal
8,000
Haryana
500
Delhi
400
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 9
  Uttar Pradesh 292,000
  Madhya Pradesh 37,000
  Uttarakhand 25,000
  Chhattisgarh 15,000
  Bihar 15,000
  Jharkhand 13,000
  West Bengal 8,000
  Haryana 500
  Delhi 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (289,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
34,000
Awadhi
27,000
Kumaoni
16,000
Chhattisgarhi
9,600
Kanauji
8,000
Bengali
6,900
Panchpargania
4,500
Malvi
3,000
Garhwali
2,100
Maithili
1,200
Magahi
1,000
Bundeli
600
Braj Bhasha
300
Bagheli
200
Angika
100
Primary Language Hindi (289,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 34,000
  Awadhi 27,000
  Kumaoni 16,000
  Chhattisgarhi 9,600
  Kanauji 8,000
  Bengali 6,900
  Panchpargania 4,500
  Malvi 3,000
  Garhwali 2,100
  Maithili 1,200
  Magahi 1,000
  Bundeli 600
  Braj Bhasha 300
  Bagheli 200
  Angika 100
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Hope Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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