Arakh in India


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Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Yadava 314,000

Introduction / History

The Arakh are an ancient kshatriya clan which once ruled large areas of Awadh, the area of Uttar Pradesh that borders Nepal's western end.

The Arakh were said to be so powerful that they performed horse sacrifices to prove their dominance. Neighboring groups apparently dared not defy this group.

They trace their descent to the clan to which Lord Rama belonged.

"Arakh" is said to be the distorted form of "Arka" which is Sanskrit for "sun".


One of their most popular rulers was Maharaja Tilok Chand Arkawanshi:

"In 918 AD, he led a powerful army against king Vikrampal of Delhi and after defeating him, took control of Delhi. Subsequently, nine generations of Maharaja Tilok Chand ruled over Delhi. In 1093 AD Maharani Bhimadevi, the religious-minded widow of Govind Chand (who died without an heir), handed over the reins of her empire to her spiritual guru Hargovind.

The empire of Maharaja Tilok Chand comprised areas of Delhi and large parts of Awadh including its mountainous areas. Maharaja Tilok Chand Arkawanshi was a worshipper of sun-god (Arka) like his fore-fathers. He built a large sun-temple named Balark temple in Bahraich, which was later destroyed by the Turkish invaders."


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Arakhs are poor and work in agriculture, as shop-owners and as laborers. They are also highly illiterate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Arakhs worship Lord Arka, the sun god as well as Lord Shiva. It is apparently the worship of Arka ("sun" in Sanskrit) that gives them their people group name.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arakhs


Profile Source:   Wikipedia / Joshua Project  

People Name General Arakh
People Name in Country Arakh
Population in India 594,000
World Population 594,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Aarakh, Arakalu, Yadava, अरख
People ID 16229
ROP3 Code 111345
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 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
377,000
Madhya Pradesh
213,000
Maharashtra
1,600
Telangana
900
Uttarakhand
500
Odisha
50
West Bengal
10
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 7
  Uttar Pradesh 377,000
  Madhya Pradesh 213,000
  Maharashtra 1,600
  Telangana 900
  Uttarakhand 500
  Odisha 50
  West Bengal 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (452,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
67,000
Awadhi
44,000
Bagheli
13,000
Chhattisgarhi
8,400
Bundeli
7,300
Bhojpuri
3,500
Marathi
300
Kumaoni
200
Malvi
200
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (452,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji 67,000
  Awadhi 44,000
  Bagheli 13,000
  Chhattisgarhi 8,400
  Bundeli 7,300
  Bhojpuri 3,500
  Marathi 300
  Kumaoni 200
  Malvi 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  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
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Gospel Go 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 (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 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Wikipedia / Joshua Project  
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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