Rajput (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kshatriya Raju or Rajput are a landowning caste who live primarily in North India and Pakistan. They claim to be descendants of princes and army officers who served the various empires and dynasties of North India. For their military service, the Raju received land. As educated Pakistani the Raju speak multiple languages including Sindhi, Hindi-Urdu, English and other local languages. Complete Bibles and many other resources are available in Hindi-Urdu and Sindhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Raju work as business owners, government administrators, in law enforcement and as officers of the Pakistani Armed Forces. They still own tracks of land that is frequently cultivated by lower castes. Parents encourage their sons and daughters to graduate from universities and to enter into professions. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the adult young people. Cousin marriages are common. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit the property of their father. The eldest son takes charge of the family. Brahmin priests officiate at important family ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. The Raju cremate their death and scatter the ashes in holy rivers. The Raju are not vegetarians but will not eat beef and often pork.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Raju practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of the Indian subcontinent. They are proud of their Hindu heritage which goes back thousands of years. The Raju worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 Raju 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Raju people are 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Raju fall in the second highest caste of Hinduism, the Kshatriya, the sons of kings.


What Are Their Needs?

The Raju need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He is their hope and the only one who can forgive their sins.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Lord humbles the Raju and they see their need for a Savior who alone can forgive their sins. Pray the Lord will start a movement of Raju families experiencing God's blessings. Pray for workers to sow God's Word into Raju families, healing and strengthening households with God's blessings. Pray that God starts and sustains a discipleship making movement among this influential group of people.


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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

The Rajputs
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Additional Info
Rajputs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Rajput (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation RAHJ-put
Population this Country 87,000
Population all Countries 27,658,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
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
People ID 17928
ROP3 Code 113412
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Sindh
114,000
Punjab
12,000
Balochistan
200
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
90
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Sindh 114,000
  Punjab 12,000
  Balochistan 200
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (55,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
41,000
Marwari
10,000
Saraiki
8,000
Punjabi, Western
5,800
Kacchi
4,200
Urdu
80
Primary Language Sindhi (55,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 41,000
  Marwari 10,000
  Saraiki 8,000
  Punjabi, Western 5,800
  Kacchi 4,200
  Urdu 80
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.61 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.39 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more