Arakh in India



Population

600,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


A Pilgrimage

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Introduction / History

The Arakh are an ancient kshatriya clan which once ruled large areas of Awadh, the area of Uttar Pradesh that borders Nepal's western end.

The Arakh were said to be so powerful that they performed horse sacrifices to prove their dominance. Neighboring groups apparently dared not defy this group.

They trace their descent to the clan to which Lord Rama belonged.

"Arakh" is said to be the distorted form of "Arka" which is Sanskrit for "sun".


One of their most popular rulers was Maharaja Tilok Chand Arkawanshi:

"In 918 AD, he led a powerful army against king Vikrampal of Delhi and after defeating him, took control of Delhi. Subsequently, nine generations of Maharaja Tilok Chand ruled over Delhi. In 1093 AD Maharani Bhimadevi, the religious-minded widow of Govind Chand (who died without an heir), handed over the reins of her empire to her spiritual guru Hargovind.

The empire of Maharaja Tilok Chand comprised areas of Delhi and large parts of Awadh including its mountainous areas. Maharaja Tilok Chand Arkawanshi was a worshipper of sun-god (Arka) like his fore-fathers. He built a large sun-temple named Balark temple in Bahraich, which was later destroyed by the Turkish invaders."


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Arakhs are poor and work in agriculture, as shop-owners and as laborers. They are also highly illiterate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Arakhs worship Lord Arka, the sun god as well as Lord Shiva. It is apparently the worship of Arka ("sun" in Sanskrit) that gives them their people group name.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arakhs


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arakh
People Name in Country Arakh
Population in India 600,000
World Population 601,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aarakh, Arakalu, Yadava
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Arakh
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16229
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (382,000) Madhya Pradesh (216,000) Maharashtra (1,500) Telangana (900)
Uttarakhand (500) Odisha (50) West Bengal (10)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (382,000) Madhya Pradesh (216,000)
Maharashtra (1,500) Telangana (900)
Uttarakhand (500) Odisha (50)
West Bengal (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (450,000) Kanauji (67,000) Awadhi (44,000) Bagheli (12,000)
Chhattisgarhi (9,400) Bundeli (7,300) Bhojpuri (3,600) Marathi (300)
Kumaoni (200) Malvi (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 450,000 Kanauji 67,000
Awadhi 44,000 Bagheli 12,000
Chhattisgarhi 9,400 Bundeli 7,300
Bhojpuri 3,600 Marathi 300
Kumaoni 200 Malvi 200
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
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 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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