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Gosain Dasnami in India

Gosain Dasnami

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
480,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Gosain Dasnami in India

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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
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.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:480,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (342,000)Madhya Pradesh (43,000)
Uttarakhand (30,000)Chhattisgarh (18,000)
Bihar (17,000)Jharkhand (15,000)
West Bengal (9,400)Haryana (600)
Delhi (500)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gosain Dasnami
People Name General: Gosain Dasnami
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 118508
Joshua Project People ID: 21721
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 480,000
Population all Countries: 480,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Gosain Dasnami
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (289,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
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)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralYeshu Samaj
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Hindi
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Gosain Dasnami in India

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      Gosain Dasnami India    
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