Rajbhar in India


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Introduction / History

The Rajbhar people are among the original peoples in South Asia. They have low status in Hindu society. Most of the Rajbhar people live scattered throughout India's northern and eastern states, but a smaller number live either in Bangladesh or Nepal. One report says they also have a large community in India's state of Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture is their main work. Many of them work for other people. The more fortunate ones among them are shop owners. They are not vegetarians, but rice is their staple food. The only meat they will not eat is beef because of their Hindu beliefs. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property. They do not condemn sexual immorality. Marriages are usually monogamous, unless the first wife approves him taking a second wife. When a spouse dies, the widowed is allowed to remarry. They have a community council to look after their needs and to settle their disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all are Hindu. Traditionally they were especially devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Today they worship many Hindu gods and participate in festivals like Holi and Diwali. They fear evil spirits so much that some will sacrifice a pig to protect themselves from harm.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajbhar people need to have the chance to live life to the full through a relationship with Jesus Christ (John 10:10).


Prayer Points

Pray that the community leaders come to Jesus Christ and help to start a movement to Christ among this entire people group. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough that will lead hundreds to Jesus Christ. Pray for workers to take the precious gospel to the Rajbhar communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajbhar in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rajbhar
People Name in Country Rajbhar
Alternate Names Batai; Bhar; Bhat; Brahmabhat; Lajjhar; Mandal; Raghubansi; Raghvi; Raghvi Raghuvansi; Rai; Rajjhar; Ramavat; राजभर
Population this Country 84,000
Population all Countries 112,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 17930
ROP3 Code 113416
ROP25 Code 306908
ROP25 Name Rajbhar
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 9
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
25,000
Uttar Pradesh
23,000
Bihar
16,000
Maharashtra
9,300
West Bengal
8,500
Jharkhand
2,100
Chhattisgarh
1,000
Tripura
50
Andaman and Nicobar
20
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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 9
  Madhya Pradesh 25,000
  Uttar Pradesh 23,000
  Bihar 16,000
  Maharashtra 9,300
  West Bengal 8,500
  Jharkhand 2,100
  Chhattisgarh 1,000
  Tripura 50
  Andaman and Nicobar 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.89 %
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.
Primary Language Hindi (34,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali
21,000
Bhojpuri
17,000
Maithili
2,000
Primary Language Hindi (34,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 21,000
  Bhojpuri 17,000
  Maithili 2,000
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  (1818-2022)
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Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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