Rajput unspecified (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
45,332,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

Starting in the 5th century, there was a massive attack by the White Huns in what is now northern and northwestern India and Pakistan. About a century later the reigning Hindu-based Gupta Empire broke up, leaving the Subcontinent vulnerable to Muslim invaders from the north. As time went on, invaders took over land and integrated with the settled peoples of this region. Tribal leaders, especially those involved with defense, were accepted as Kshatrya, the second highest varna (major type of castes) in Hindu society, while their followers became Shudras, the fourth and lowest varna. Priests became the Brahmins, the highest of the four varnas.

The Rajputs, who were part of the Kshatrya varna, became politically important in the seventh century. From around 800 AD Rajput dynasties ruled northern India. Petty Rajput kingdoms were the main obstacle for Muslim domination of the Hindu subcontinent. For more than 500 years Rajputs were the warriors who defended kingdoms from invaders and conquered others. When possible, Rajputs settled down, became nobles, and enjoyed the lives of landed gentry.

Over a period of a couple hundred years, invaders penetrated the Rajput wall that protected the Subcontinent. Some Rajput subgroups converted to Islam during this time. The British Raj took over the Islamic Moghul Empire in South Asia. During their rule, which ended in 1947, the British recruited Rajputs into their military units. By the 1930s the Indian census stopped noting that someone is Rajput, so Rajput lineage has been less clear ever since.

In the early 1970s, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi abolished Rajput titles and property rights. The Rajputs have kept alive their proud history of conquest, bravery and military might.


Where Are they Located?

Hind Rajputs are concentrated in India's northwestern state of Rajasthan, though there are Rajputs all over the country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In India and Nepal Rajputs have a privileged position as forward caste Hindus.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Forward caste Hindus often become devotees of several gods. Typically, Rajputs worship Shiva (the destroyer), Surya (the sun god), and Durga (the mother goddess). They also have patron gods to turn to for protection. They celebrate Dasahara, a festival dedicated to Durga. During this festival, they sacrifice a buffalo to celebrate this goddess' victory over a buffalo demon. To find spiritual answers, Hindus often turn to gurus.


What Are Their Needs?

No matter where Rajputs live, they need the humility to recognize their need for a savior.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Rajput community to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus and their need for Him.
* Pray the Lord will give Rajputs a spiritual hunger, then satisfy that hunger.
* Pray that these Rajputs will understand the value of becoming part of God's royal family.
* Pray for a Holy Spirit led humility for all Rajput communities to fall at the feet of the King of kings.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among every Rajput community in India.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/unreached/4
https://joshuaproject.net/index.php/people_groups/17928/IN
http://induhistory.blogspot.com/p/rajput-history.html
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Rajput
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput
http://allrajputyouthwing.weebly.com/muslim-rajputs-history.html
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-a-Kshatriya-and-a-Rajpoot
http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Germany-to-Jamaica/Rajputs.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput_clans
http://www.dawn.com/news/1077113
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Rajput_clans
http://www.jairajputana.com/list-of-rajput-clans-and-vansh.html
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/rajputs-in-odisha/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
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People Name General Rajput (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput unspecified (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 45,332,000
World Population 45,415,700
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 906
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bharadwaja, Chandravamsan, Chhatri, Chhetri, Gorkha, Kashrap Rajput, Kashyap, Khetri, Kshatriya, Kshatriya Raju, Kshattriya, Mavi, Mawi, Musalman Rajput, Musalman Thakur, Muslim Jeer, Muslims of Nepal, Mustigar, Musugu Rajulu, Pardeshi Rajput, Raghubansi, Rajapalayam Raju, Rajput Muslim, Raju, Rangar, Ranghar, Ravikula Kshatriya, Suryavamsa Kshatriya, Suryavamsan, Suryavanshi Kshatriya, Thakur, राजपूत
People ID 17928
ROP3 Code 113412
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)
Uttar Pradesh
11,489,000
Rajasthan
5,774,000
Madhya Pradesh
5,350,000
Bihar
4,762,000
Uttarakhand
3,274,000
Gujarat
2,822,000
Himachal Pradesh
1,946,000
Haryana
1,906,000
Delhi
1,229,000
Maharashtra
1,172,000
Jammu and Kashmir
939,000
West Bengal
890,000
Punjab
850,000
Jharkhand
612,000
Andhra Pradesh
507,000
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)
  Uttar Pradesh 11,489,000
  Rajasthan 5,774,000
  Madhya Pradesh 5,350,000
  Bihar 4,762,000
  Uttarakhand 3,274,000
  Gujarat 2,822,000
  Himachal Pradesh 1,946,000
  Haryana 1,906,000
  Delhi 1,229,000
  Maharashtra 1,172,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 939,000
  West Bengal 890,000
  Punjab 850,000
  Jharkhand 612,000
  Andhra Pradesh 507,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (25,870,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 88
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
2,431,000
Gujarati
2,315,000
Marwari
1,790,000
Punjabi, Eastern
1,414,000
Garhwali
1,364,000
Kumaoni
920,000
Dhundari
797,000
Marathi
703,000
Bengali
609,000
Telugu
571,000
Awadhi
536,000
Kanauji
500,000
Dogri
466,000
Merwari
322,000
Shekhawati
320,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (25,870,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 88
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 2,431,000
  Gujarati 2,315,000
  Marwari 1,790,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,414,000
  Garhwali 1,364,000
  Kumaoni 920,000
  Dhundari 797,000
  Marathi 703,000
  Bengali 609,000
  Telugu 571,000
  Awadhi 536,000
  Kanauji 500,000
  Dogri 466,000
  Merwari 322,000
  Shekhawati 320,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.45 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.49 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Sasvata Chatterjee  Creative Commons 
Map Source Global Mapping Intl / Omid / Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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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