Rawat Yadav in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Rawat Yadavs of India claim that they are descended from the Hindu god Krishna. The Rawat are one of the subgroups of the larger Yadav peoples. Most Rawat live in central and east India. Since the Rawat have traditionally dealt with cattle and dairy products, it gives them good status in the land where cows are considered holy. As devout Hindus, the Rawat do not eat or sell beef.

The main language of the Rawat is Hindi. They also speak the local language where they live. Many resources are available I Hindi including a complete Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. There are few if any Rawat believers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Rawat still work in their ancient job of taking care of cattle. Many others also work in agriculture growing wheat, lentils, rice and other crops. Some Rawat Yadav are college educated and work in medicine, science, politics, trade, and business. They are often a dominant people in their areas where they live especially the state of Bihar.

The Rawat marry within the Yadav community. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit their father’s property. Brahmin priests officiate at important life ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. The oldest son becomes the leader of the family. It is the sons’ responsibility to care form elderly relatives. Most Rawat encourage their children to earn college educations. Some rural Rawat young people are moving to Indian cities in search of a better life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rawat Yadav people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Rawat live in parts of India where the church is small. This Yadav subgroup is concentrated in Bihar, though not limited to this state. The Rawat need to understand that Jesus is not just another Hindu god or guru. He is the savior and lord of the earth. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray that soon the Holy Spirit will move among Rawat Yadav leaders and draw them into a relationship with him.

Pray for Indian believers to love and serve the Rawat.

Ask the Lord to send workers to the Rawat.

Pray for God’s grace and truth to expand into the entire Rawat Yadav society.


Scripture Prayers for the Yadav Rawat in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yadav

https://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0B10BMNU


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-07
People Name General Yadav Rawat
People Name in Country Yadav Rawat
Natural Name Rawat Yadav
Pronunciation rah-WAHT YAH-dahv
Population this Country 1,707,000
Population all Countries 1,718,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 34
Alternate Names यादव रावत
People ID 21300
ROP3 Code 118123
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 11
Largest States
Odisha
542,000
Chhattisgarh
404,000
Bihar
328,000
Uttar Pradesh
221,000
West Bengal
91,000
Jharkhand
53,000
Madhya Pradesh
38,000
Maharashtra
9,000
Assam
5,400
Delhi
1,500
Uttarakhand
600
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 11
  Odisha 542,000
  Chhattisgarh 404,000
  Bihar 328,000
  Uttar Pradesh 221,000
  West Bengal 91,000
  Jharkhand 53,000
  Madhya Pradesh 38,000
  Maharashtra 9,000
  Assam 5,400
  Delhi 1,500
  Uttarakhand 600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (508,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
388,000
Chhattisgarhi
272,000
Bhojpuri
161,000
Bengali
54,000
Maithili
28,000
Magahi
9,200
Marathi
5,600
Awadhi
3,200
Assamese
2,200
Angika
1,500
Kanauji
1,100
Pengo
1,000
Malvi
900
Bhatri
700
Telugu
600
Primary Language Hindi (508,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 388,000
  Chhattisgarhi 272,000
  Bhojpuri 161,000
  Bengali 54,000
  Maithili 28,000
  Magahi 9,200
  Marathi 5,600
  Awadhi 3,200
  Assamese 2,200
  Angika 1,500
  Kanauji 1,100
  Pengo 1,000
  Malvi 900
  Bhatri 700
  Telugu 600
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  (1835-2019)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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 The Advocacy Project - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more