Chenna Dasar in India

The Chenna Dasar have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The name Chenna comes from a word meaning "pole." The Chenna Dasar live primarily in the South Indian state of Karnataka, but many also live in Maharashtra. In Karnataka they primarily live in Dharwad and Belgaum. They speak Kannada and write in the Kannada script.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Chenna work as mendicants, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, god of Tirupathi. Increasingly more of them work in agriculture and as day wage laborers. They are not vegetarians but do avoid eating beef and pork. They also drink alcoholic beverages on special occasions. They have arranged marriages that take place between different clans. The couple marries as adults, and the celebration happens at the home of the groom. The subsequent marriage feast is celebrated at the home of the bride's family. The groom's family pays a bride price to her family.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dasar Chenna practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the 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 Chenna visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The Chenna Dasar pay special reverence to the gods Hanuman, the half human and monkey god and the goddess of devotion, Yellamma. They also venerate and pray to their ancestors.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chenna Dasar people need the forgiveness of their sins and hope that only Christ can offer.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers sent out by the Holy Spirit to tell the Chenna Dasar people about Jesus. Pray for this people group to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the cross and the Word of God. Pray for a discipleship making movement to Christ among the Chenna Dasar this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Chenna Dasar in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Chenna Dasar
People Name in Country Chenna Dasar
Alternate Names Bukkavallu; Butta; Chakrawadya Dasar; Channa Dasar; Dadulu; Dandiga Dasar; Dasari Bakka; Dasarlu; Dasri; Hari Dasar; Holaya Dasar; Jambu Dasar; Krishna Balija; Krishnabalija; Krishnapaksi; Krusna Balija; Kumkum; Kumkum Varthakulu; Kumkumavallu; Mannan; Mettelavallu; Poosala; Pusala; Pusalavallu; Sadulu; चेन्ना दासर
Population this Country 89,000
Population all Countries 89,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 16555
ROP3 Code 111746
ROP25 Code 301616
ROP25 Name Chenna Dasar
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Karnataka
85,000
Bihar
900
Telangana
800
Maharashtra
700
Andhra Pradesh
300
Tamil Nadu
100
Gujarat
70
Goa
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Karnataka 85,000
  Bihar 900
  Telangana 800
  Maharashtra 700
  Andhra Pradesh 300
  Tamil Nadu 100
  Gujarat 70
  Goa 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
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.
Primary Language Kannada (69,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Telugu
3,800
Marathi
900
Hindi
600
Konkani, Goan
200
Marwari (India)
Primary Language Kannada (69,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 3,800
  Marathi 900
  Hindi 600
  Konkani, Goan 200
  Marwari (India)
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1827-2023)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2024)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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