Rajput Ponwar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Rajput Ponwar (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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The Rajputs

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Introduction / History

The Hindu Rajput Ponwar or Panwar live in the north and central states of India. Rajput means "son of a ruler" in Sanskrit. Ponwar means "descendants of the Paramara" dynasty. This middle-sized kingdom flourished in the late medieval period in north central India. All Rajput Ponwar or Panwar were originally Hindus. With the coming of the Muslim sultanates, some Ponwar converted to Islam for spiritual and political reasons. However, most Ponwar stayed Hindu.

The Ponwar take pride in their warrior history. The British recruited them as soldiers during the colonial period. The Ponwar became landholders of large estates. Some Rajput Ponwar are wealthy landowners who have other castes work their land. Some are less wealthy and till the soil themselves. Their military tradition continues in the Indian Army. They hold positions of leadership in government.

The primary language of the Hindu Ponwar is Hindi. As educated Indians they also speak English and other regional Indian languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rajput Ponwar enjoy a high status in Indian society. They encourage their children to pursue higher education. Families arrange marriages within the Rajput caste but not within the near clan members. The ancient practice of child marriage is no longer followed. Sons inherit property with the eldest son inheriting his parents' home and father's title. Ponwar are non-vegetarians but as Hindus they do not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ponwar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon especially Vishnu, the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer. 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 Ponwar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Ponwar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ponwar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to understand they are sinners and must have a Savior to forgive their sins. Ponwar need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out before them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Lord sends believers to befriend the Rajput Ponwar and show them the love and grace of God.
* Pray that Rajputs living outside of India would become believers and return to India to share the gospel with their people.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit leads many Rajputs to Christ and that growing
churches are planted among them.


References

britannica.com/place/India/The-Rajputs#ref976107
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhwar
induhistory.blogspot.com/p/rajput-history.html


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Rajput Ponwar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput Ponwar (Hindu traditions)
World Population 1,215,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 24
Alternate Names Panwar, Parmar Rajput, राजपूत, पोंवार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20421
ROP3 Code 116205
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh
278,000
Uttar Pradesh
272,000
Rajasthan
156,000
Bihar
129,000
Maharashtra
108,000
Gujarat
74,000
Uttarakhand
45,000
Himachal Pradesh
38,000
West Bengal
25,000
Jammu and Kashmir
19,000
Haryana
17,000
Jharkhand
14,000
Andhra Pradesh
9,800
Delhi
9,100
Chhattisgarh
5,500
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Madhya Pradesh 278,000
  Uttar Pradesh 272,000
  Rajasthan 156,000
  Bihar 129,000
  Maharashtra 108,000
  Gujarat 74,000
  Uttarakhand 45,000
  Himachal Pradesh 38,000
  West Bengal 25,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 19,000
  Haryana 17,000
  Jharkhand 14,000
  Andhra Pradesh 9,800
  Delhi 9,100
  Chhattisgarh 5,500
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (786,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 38
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
82,000
Marwari
69,000
Gujarati
63,000
Marathi
48,000
Kanauji
23,000
Kumaoni
22,000
Awadhi
20,000
Chhattisgarhi
16,000
Garhwali
14,000
Merwari
13,000
Dogri
9,900
Bundeli
8,300
Maithili
7,900
Malvi
6,100
Dhundari
5,900
Primary Language Hindi (786,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 38
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 82,000
  Marwari 69,000
  Gujarati 63,000
  Marathi 48,000
  Kanauji 23,000
  Kumaoni 22,000
  Awadhi 20,000
  Chhattisgarhi 16,000
  Garhwali 14,000
  Merwari 13,000
  Dogri 9,900
  Bundeli 8,300
  Maithili 7,900
  Malvi 6,100
  Dhundari 5,900
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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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 Anonymous 
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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