Rajput Kachhwaha in India

The Rajput Kachhwaha have only been reported in India
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Subgroup Name Population
Shekhawat 117,000


The Rajputs

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Introduction / History

The Kachhwaha or Kushwaha are a people who live in north central India. They are traditionally farmers and beekeepers. Since their country's independence have branched out into other occupations. Up until the 20th century they were considered Shudras, the fourth and lowest caste in Hinduism. Starting in the late 1800s an attempt was made to claim Kshatriya status as descendants of Rama, the avatar of Vishnu. The British favored the Kushwaha because they grew opium poppies, a very lucrative crop for the British. Today some members of the Hindu caste system reject the higher Kshatriya Varna of the Kushwaha and still see them as Shudras or laborers.

Some Kushwaha have become educated and left the agricultural work of their ancestors. They have moved to Indian cities and attained middle class position with jobs in teaching, engineering, medicine, science and public service.

The main language of the Kushwaha is Hindi. They also speak other regional languages of India. College educated Kushwaha speak English.


Where Are they Located?

The large majority of the Kushwaha live in the Indian states of Rajastan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Smaller groups live throughout the country of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lifestyle of the Kushwaha depends on where they live and their level of education.

They Kushwaha eat meat except for beef. Rice and wheat are their staple foods, supplemented by dairy products, vegetables, fruit and beans.

The Kushwaha encourage both their sons and daughter to get a university degree.

The Kushwaha marry within their caste but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriage with the groom's family making the proposal. The newly married couple lives near the groom's parents. A dowry is paid to the groom's family. Only the sons inherit parental property, which is shared equally. The father's authority is inherited either by the eldest male member in the family.

The Kushwaha have caste and village councils, which settle legal disputes and enforce social norms.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kushwaha practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Special attention is given to Kali, the goddess of death and sexuality, Durga, the mother goddess, Rama, and Hanuman, the monkey god. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kushwaha visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods.

The main yearly holidays of the Kushwaha people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn, and Maha Shivaratri, the great night of Shiva.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kushwaha need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out in practical ways before them.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those Christians ministering to the Kushwaha people.
* Pray that strong movements to Jesus will bring whole Kushwaha families into rich experiences of God's blessings.
* Pray that many of the Kushwaha people will come to love God with their whole being and walk in His ways.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kachwaha
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushwaha
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/koeri/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Rajput Kachhwaha
People Name in Country Rajput Kachhwaha
Population in India 707,000
World Population 707,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 14
Alternate Names Natarayat, राजपूत, कच्छवाहा
People ID 20402
ROP3 Code 116186
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
398,000
Uttar Pradesh
198,000
Madhya Pradesh
89,000
Bihar
7,300
Gujarat
4,400
Uttarakhand
3,900
Himachal Pradesh
2,000
West Bengal
1,000
Delhi
900
Chhattisgarh
600
Jammu and Kashmir
600
Jharkhand
600
Maharashtra
400
Haryana
300
Telangana
100
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 17
  Rajasthan 398,000
  Uttar Pradesh 198,000
  Madhya Pradesh 89,000
  Bihar 7,300
  Gujarat 4,400
  Uttarakhand 3,900
  Himachal Pradesh 2,000
  West Bengal 1,000
  Delhi 900
  Chhattisgarh 600
  Jammu and Kashmir 600
  Jharkhand 600
  Maharashtra 400
  Haryana 300
  Telangana 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (398,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Dhundari
95,000
Marwari
92,000
Shekhawati
33,000
Kanauji
21,000
Merwari
21,000
Awadhi
9,500
Bagri
8,800
Bundeli
7,700
Mewari
4,600
Bhojpuri
4,000
Gujarati
3,400
Punjabi, Eastern
2,500
Haroti: Harauti
2,200
Garhwali
1,100
Braj Bhasha
700
Primary Language Hindi (398,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Dhundari 95,000
  Marwari 92,000
  Shekhawati 33,000
  Kanauji 21,000
  Merwari 21,000
  Awadhi 9,500
  Bagri 8,800
  Bundeli 7,700
  Mewari 4,600
  Bhojpuri 4,000
  Gujarati 3,400
  Punjabi, Eastern 2,500
  Haroti: Harauti 2,200
  Garhwali 1,100
  Braj Bhasha 700
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
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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 Father's 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
0.00 %
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 %
Photo Source Kerry Olson 
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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