Arakh in Nepal


Population
600
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 Nepal 600
World Population 614,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Aarakh, Arakalu, Yadava, अरख
People ID 16229
ROP3 Code 111345
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Bheri
(300)
Bagmati
(200)
Lumbini
(90)
Seti
(60)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 4
  Bheri (300)
  Bagmati (200)
  Lumbini (90)
  Seti (60)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Awadhi (300 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(200)
Maithili
(60)
Nepali
(20)
People Groups Speaking Awadhi
Primary Language Awadhi (300 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (200)
  Maithili (60)
  Nepali (20)
People Groups Speaking Awadhi

Primary Language:  Awadhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1820-1911)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1996)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2000-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Awadhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video New Life (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
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 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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