Rajput Rathor in India

The Rajput Rathor have only been reported in India
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The Rajputs

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Introduction / History

The Rajput Rathor or Rathore ruled small to medium sized kingdoms in western India from 1197 to the Partition of India in 1947. The region of Marwar in southwest Rajastan was their original home. The Rathor are proud of the history of their dynasties and military conquests. At times they fought against the Muslim Sultanates and at other times with the Muslims. Rajput means son of a ruler in Sanskrit. The Rathor say that they are descendants of Rama and the sun god Surya. As Kshatriya, the second highest caste in Hinduism, they serve in positions of government and military leadership. Some Rathor own businesses and others own land that is worked by lower castes. Rathor who are less wealthy work as small businessmen and farmers.

The two principle languages of the Rathor are Hindi and Marwari. They also speak other regional languages of India.


Where Are they Located?

The Rajput Rathor live in the Indian states of Rajastan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Smaller groups live in other areas of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rajput Rathor live at the highest level of Indian society. They are wealthy and powerful in the sections of India where they live. They encourage their children to pursue higher education. The Rathor are patrons of Hindu temples and give generously to Hindu causes.

Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Brahmins perform important life rituals at births, weddings and funerals. Sons inherit property from their fathers with the eldest son gaining his father's title and home. Some Rajput Rathor are vegetarians while others eat meat except for beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajput Rathor are Hindu, the ancient national religion and culture of India.
The Rathor worship and serve the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. They pay special attention to Shiva whom many consider the supreme god. Durga, the warrior-mother goddess and wife of Shiva, is worshipped in her many temples.

The Rathor celebrate the Hindu holidays such as Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of light, Navratri, the nine-day celebration of autumn and Durga Puja, the festival which commemorates the goddess' victory over the evil buffalo spirit.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajputs must see themselves as sinners and in need of a Savior. They need to hear a clear presentation of the gospel in a way they can understand. They must realize that Shiva and Durga will never save them from their sins. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out in a real way before them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Rathor in India.

* Pray the Lord humbles the Rajput Rathor and that they hunger and thirst for the spiritual truth given only in the Bible.
* Pray God sends Indian and other Christians to befriend the Rathor and share the good news with them.
* Pray that God wins many Rajput Rathor to Himself and churches begin in this significant people group of India.


References

indianetzone.com/37/ Rathor_marwar_rajputs_indian_history.htm
indianrajputs.com/history/rathore.php


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-28
People Name General Rajput Rathor
People Name in Country Rajput Rathor
Pronunciation RAHJ-put rah-TOR
World Population 1,391,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 28
Alternate Names राजपूत, रातोर
People ID 20427
ROP3 Code 116211
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
577,000
Uttar Pradesh
222,000
Madhya Pradesh
194,000
Bihar
120,000
Gujarat
70,000
Uttarakhand
49,000
Himachal Pradesh
36,000
Maharashtra
26,000
West Bengal
23,000
Jammu and Kashmir
16,000
Jharkhand
14,000
Delhi
11,000
Andhra Pradesh
9,600
Haryana
6,200
Odisha
4,400
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 577,000
  Uttar Pradesh 222,000
  Madhya Pradesh 194,000
  Bihar 120,000
  Gujarat 70,000
  Uttarakhand 49,000
  Himachal Pradesh 36,000
  Maharashtra 26,000
  West Bengal 23,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 16,000
  Jharkhand 14,000
  Delhi 11,000
  Andhra Pradesh 9,600
  Haryana 6,200
  Odisha 4,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (695,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
244,000
Merwari
76,000
Gujarati
56,000
Dhundari
46,000
Bhojpuri
38,000
Kanauji
26,000
Awadhi
25,000
Bagri
22,000
Shekhawati
18,000
Garhwali
17,000
Malvi
15,000
Mewari
14,000
Pahari, Mahasu
11,000
Punjabi, Eastern
11,000
Dogri
9,700
Primary Language Hindi (695,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 244,000
  Merwari 76,000
  Gujarati 56,000
  Dhundari 46,000
  Bhojpuri 38,000
  Kanauji 26,000
  Awadhi 25,000
  Bagri 22,000
  Shekhawati 18,000
  Garhwali 17,000
  Malvi 15,000
  Mewari 14,000
  Pahari, Mahasu 11,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 11,000
  Dogri 9,700
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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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.