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 the fourth and lowest varna. Priests became the Brahmins, the highest of the four varnas.
Where Are they Located?
Rajputs are divided by clans which live in different parts of India. Though the Dangi clan lives in all parts of India, they are especially numerous in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, and Uttarakhand.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The Hindu Dangi clan is made up mostly of land owners. They are noted for being hard working and prosperous. Dangi Rajputs often marry their children off while they are very young. Girls usually get married between ages seven and 12; boys get married between 10 and 20.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Forward caste Hindus often become devotees of a couple of 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?
The Rajputs are going through an identity crisis. They can no longer depend on land ownership or military careers, especially with the Indian government reserving prestigious jobs for "backward" (ie, underprivileged) castes. Believers with the right skills can help them during this time of transition.
* Pray for the Hindu Dangi Rajput community to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus, his life and their need for Him.
* Pray the Lord will give the Dangi Rajputs a spiritual hunger, then satisfy that hunger.
* Pray that these people 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.
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