Mahishya in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Chhubbaiya Atisuddha 8,300
Sonahatia 8,200
Munda Chasa Unknown

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 / Resource 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
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-09-29
People Name General Mahishya
People Name in Country Mahishya
World Population 10,329,500
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 192
Alternate Names Chasa, Chasi, Chasidas, Halidas, Haluadas, Haludas, Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Kurmangiya, Mahisayadas, Matsyadas, Pilwan Mahaout, Sadgop, महिष्या
People ID 17411
ROP3 Code 112811
Country India
Region South Asia
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 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
6,138,000
Odisha
2,206,000
Assam
777,000
Jharkhand
221,000
Tripura
120,000
Bihar
32,000
Meghalaya
17,000
Chhattisgarh
15,000
Nagaland
15,000
Delhi
14,000
Maharashtra
14,000
Uttar Pradesh
11,000
Madhya Pradesh
8,300
Arunachal Pradesh
8,200
Andaman and Nicobar
6,800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 6,138,000
  Odisha 2,206,000
  Assam 777,000
  Jharkhand 221,000
  Tripura 120,000
  Bihar 32,000
  Meghalaya 17,000
  Chhattisgarh 15,000
  Nagaland 15,000
  Delhi 14,000
  Maharashtra 14,000
  Uttar Pradesh 11,000
  Madhya Pradesh 8,300
  Arunachal Pradesh 8,200
  Andaman and Nicobar 6,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (6,505,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
2,074,000
Assamese
575,000
Hindi
404,000
Maithili
11,000
Kui
8,200
Kok Borok
4,700
Santhali
4,000
Kurux
3,600
Magahi
2,700
Mundari
1,700
Sadri
1,200
Kuvi
1,000
Bhojpuri
900
Andaman Creole Hindi
800
Juang
800
Primary Language Bengali (6,505,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 2,074,000
  Assamese 575,000
  Hindi 404,000
  Maithili 11,000
  Kui 8,200
  Kok Borok 4,700
  Santhali 4,000
  Kurux 3,600
  Magahi 2,700
  Mundari 1,700
  Sadri 1,200
  Kuvi 1,000
  Bhojpuri 900
  Andaman Creole Hindi 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  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 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
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.35 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.62 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.03 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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