Krishna Pal

first Baptist convert
to Christianity
in India

On November 25, 1800, Krishna Pal, a thirty-six year old Indian carpenter, had dislocated his arm, and Dr. John Thomas, the first missionary to India from the Baptist Missionary Society, set Krishna Pal's arm, and, along with Joshua Marshman, spoke to him about the Christian faith.   Later, Krishna Pal confessed his Christian faith, and William Carey baptized him in the Ganges River on Sunday, December 28, 1800; Krishna Pal preached the Christian gospel for more than twenty years, authored several Christian hymns, and died in 1822.

To review Krishna Pal's conversion and baptism, click here:  "Short Account of the Conversion and Baptism of Kristno Paul."  In The American Baptist Magazine, and Missionary Intelligencer.  No. 2.  New Series.  Vol. 1.  (March 1817): p. 65,    p. 66,    p. 67.

The details Krishna Pal's remarkable story, his Indian background, Christian conversion, and experience as a Christian and minister in India appear in detail below.  Of special note is page 104 on which Krishna Pal's Christian hymn is presented (see below for further information about the hymn).  

 The First Hindoo Convert: A Memoir of Krishna Pal, 
A Preacher of the Gospel to His Countrymen More Than Twenty Years
(Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1852)

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Krishna Pal's Hymn in Bengalee, Including the Tune

Translation of Krishna Pal's Hymn into English

Published in Quarterly Papers, No. 33 (January 1830) in News from Afar or Missionary Varieties; Chiefly Relating to The Baptist Missionary Society, 4th ed. (London: Printed and Published for the Society, 1830), pp. 129-30.



Some Descriptions of Krishna Pal's Hymn--

"O Thou My Soul, Forget No More"


Samuel Willoughby Duffield, English Hymns: Their Authors and History  

(New York and London: Funk & Wagnalls, 1888).


Title Page English Hymns, pp. 436-437



Thomas Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth, The Story of the Hymns and Tunes

(New York: George H. Doran Company, 1905).

Title Page Pages ii-iii Pages 490-491 Pages 492-493

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Created:  December 29, 2000        Updated:  August 6, 2008