Rajput Garewal (Hindu traditions) in India

The Rajput Garewal (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Main Language
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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 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 Rajput dynasties ruled northern India. Petty Rajput kingdoms were the main obstacle for Muslim domination of the Hindu subcontinent. For hundreds of years Rajputs were the warriors who defended kingdoms from invaders and conquered others. Whenever 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 Empire put an end to the Moghul Empire, but they recruited Rajputs into their military units. 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?

Rajputs are divided by clans such as the Garewals. Hindu Rajputs are concentrated in India's northwestern state of Rajasthan, though there are Rajputs all over the country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though Garewal Rajputs are still in the armed forces or own land, many have moved on to other livelihoods. Wealthy Rajputs now own impressive hotels in Rajasthan where tourists can be introduced to their history and culture. Rajputs who aren't so fortunate work as small businessmen or wage laborers.

Rajputs try to marry their daughters into clans of higher rank than their own. The Rajput clans in Rajasthan have the highest status, so families want their daughters to marry men from that state. Unfortunately, Rajputs often marry their daughters off while they are very young.


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?

Garewal 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.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Garewal (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray for the Garewal Rajput community to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus and their need for Him.
Pray the Lord will give Garewal 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.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20391/IN
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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

The Rajputs
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

Additional Info
Rajputs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Rajput Garewal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput Garewal (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 374,000
Population all Countries 374,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names राजपूत, गरेवाल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20391
ROP3 Code 116175
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 19
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
174,000
Bihar
42,000
Madhya Pradesh
33,000
Punjab
31,000
Gujarat
21,000
Uttarakhand
16,000
Rajasthan
10,000
Himachal Pradesh
8,800
Haryana
7,500
West Bengal
6,400
Maharashtra
5,600
Jammu and Kashmir
4,500
Jharkhand
4,200
Chhattisgarh
2,800
Chandigarh
2,300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 19
  Uttar Pradesh 174,000
  Bihar 42,000
  Madhya Pradesh 33,000
  Punjab 31,000
  Gujarat 21,000
  Uttarakhand 16,000
  Rajasthan 10,000
  Himachal Pradesh 8,800
  Haryana 7,500
  West Bengal 6,400
  Maharashtra 5,600
  Jammu and Kashmir 4,500
  Jharkhand 4,200
  Chhattisgarh 2,800
  Chandigarh 2,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (209,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
22,000
Punjabi, Eastern
22,000
Kanauji
16,000
Gujarati
15,000
Kumaoni
6,000
Awadhi
5,000
Garhwali
4,200
Bagheli
3,200
Marwari
2,700
Dogri
2,500
Pahari, Mahasu
2,200
Marathi
2,100
Maithili
1,400
Dhundari
1,300
Chhattisgarhi
1,200
Primary Language Hindi (209,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 22,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 22,000
  Kanauji 16,000
  Gujarati 15,000
  Kumaoni 6,000
  Awadhi 5,000
  Garhwali 4,200
  Bagheli 3,200
  Marwari 2,700
  Dogri 2,500
  Pahari, Mahasu 2,200
  Marathi 2,100
  Maithili 1,400
  Dhundari 1,300
  Chhattisgarhi 1,200
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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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