Rajput (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

Starting in the 5th century, there was a massive attack by the White Huns in what is now northern and northwestern India and Pakistan. About a century later the reigning Hindu-based Gupta Empire broke up, leaving the Subcontinent vulnerable to Muslim invaders from the north. As time went on, invaders took over land and integrated with the settled peoples of this region. Tribal leaders, especially those involved with defense, were accepted as Kshatrya, the second highest varna (major type of castes) in Hindu society, while their followers became the fourth and lowest varna. Priests became the Brahmins, the highest of the four varnas.

The Rajputs, who were part of the Kshatrya varna, became politically important in the seventh century. From around 800 AD Rajput dynasties ruled northern India. Petty Rajput kingdoms were the main obstacle for Muslim domination of the Hindu subcontinent. For more than 500 years Rajputs were the warriors who defended kingdoms from invaders and conquered others. When possible, Rajputs settled down, became nobles, and enjoyed the lives of landed gentry.

Over a period of a couple hundred years, invaders penetrated the Rajput wall that protected the Subcontinent. Some Rajput subgroups converted to Islam during this time. The British Raj took over the Islamic Moghul Empire in South Asia. During their rule, which ended in 1947, the British recruited Rajputs into their military units. By the 1930s the Indian census stopped noting that someone is Rajput, so Rajput lineage has been less clear ever since.

In the early 1970s, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi abolished Rajput titles and property rights. The Rajputs have kept alive their proud history of conquest, bravery and military might.


Where Are they Located?

Hind Rajputs are concentrated in India's northwestern state of Rajasthan, though there are Rajputs all over the country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In India and Nepal Rajputs have a privileged position as forward caste Hindus.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Forward caste Hindus often become devotees of several gods. Typically, Rajputs worship Shiva (the destroyer), Surya (the sun god), and Durga (the mother goddess). They also have patron gods to turn to for protection. They celebrate Dasahara, a festival dedicated to Durga. During this festival, they sacrifice a buffalo to celebrate this goddess' victory over a buffalo demon. To find spiritual answers, Hindus often turn to gurus.


What Are Their Needs?

No matter where Rajputs live, they need the humility to recognize their need for a Savior.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Rajput community to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus and their need for Him.
Pray the Lord will give Rajputs a spiritual hunger, then satisfy that hunger.
Pray that these Rajputs will understand the value of becoming part of God's royal family.
Pray for a Holy Spirit led humility for all Rajput communities to fall at the feet of the King of kings.
Pray for a disciple making movement among every Rajput community in India.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajput (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/unreached/4
https://joshuaproject.net/index.php/people_groups/17928/IN
http://induhistory.blogspot.com/p/rajput-history.html
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Rajput
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput
http://allrajputyouthwing.weebly.com/muslim-rajputs-history.html
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-a-Kshatriya-and-a-Rajpoot
http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Germany-to-Jamaica/Rajputs.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput_clans
http://www.dawn.com/news/1077113
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Rajput_clans
http://www.jairajputana.com/list-of-rajput-clans-and-vansh.html
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/rajputs-in-odisha/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

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People Name General Rajput (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation RAHJ-put
Alternate Names Bharadwaja; Chandravamsan; Chhatri; Chhetri; Gorkha; Kashrap Rajput; Kashyap; Khetri; Kshatriya; Kshatriya Raju; Kshattriya; Mavi; Mawi; Musalman Rajput; Musalman Thakur; Muslim Jeer; Muslims of Nepal; Mustigar; Musugu Rajulu; Pardeshi Rajput; Raghubansi; Rajapalayam Raju; Rajput Muslim; Raju; Rangar; Ranghar; Ravikula Kshatriya; Suryavamsa Kshatriya; Suryavamsan; Suryavanshi Kshatriya; Thakur; राजपूत
Population this Country 27,851,000
Population all Countries 28,024,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 557
People ID 17928
ROP3 Code 113412
ROP25 Code 306917
ROP25 Name Rajput
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 35
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
11,710,000
Rajasthan
5,770,000
Madhya Pradesh
5,353,000
Bihar
4,644,000
Uttarakhand
3,067,000
Gujarat
2,819,000
Himachal Pradesh
1,936,000
Haryana
1,924,000
Delhi
1,328,000
Maharashtra
1,221,000
West Bengal
1,045,000
Punjab
928,000
Jammu and Kashmir
915,000
Jharkhand
661,000
Andhra Pradesh
531,000
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 35  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 11,710,000
  Rajasthan 5,770,000
  Madhya Pradesh 5,353,000
  Bihar 4,644,000
  Uttarakhand 3,067,000
  Gujarat 2,819,000
  Himachal Pradesh 1,936,000
  Haryana 1,924,000
  Delhi 1,328,000
  Maharashtra 1,221,000
  West Bengal 1,045,000
  Punjab 928,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 915,000
  Jharkhand 661,000
  Andhra Pradesh 531,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.47 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.48 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (25,815,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 88
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
2,532,000
Gujarati
2,295,000
Marwari (India)
2,092,000
Punjabi, Eastern
1,427,000
Garhwali
1,324,000
Marathi
856,000
Bengali
818,000
Dhundari
800,000
Kumaoni
785,000
Telugu
588,000
Awadhi
587,000
Kanauji
486,000
Dogri
437,000
Shekhawati
320,000
Bundeli
301,000
Primary Language Hindi (25,815,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 88
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 2,532,000
  Gujarati 2,295,000
  Marwari (India) 2,092,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,427,000
  Garhwali 1,324,000
  Marathi 856,000
  Bengali 818,000
  Dhundari 800,000
  Kumaoni 785,000
  Telugu 588,000
  Awadhi 587,000
  Kanauji 486,000
  Dogri 437,000
  Shekhawati 320,000
  Bundeli 301,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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