Raju in India

The Raju have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Raju name comes from the word Raja which means king, and some say that they were once local rulers. Rachavar or Raju live in the eastern and southern states of India, especially Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today their main work is in agriculture or government work. A community association looks after their needs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Raju 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 or Jews. 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?

The Raju people are satisfied with appeasing Hindu deities for their needs. Pray for an awareness of their need for Jesus Christ. There are a few believers in the same states where the Raju people live who can reach out to them with the gospel.


Prayer Points

Pray that the few Raju believers will allow the Holy Spirit to direct their lives and give them love for those who are not of the faith. Pray that they will help others to find the way to the only savior.
Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Raju people.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Raju people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Raju people.


Scripture Prayers for the Raju in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Raju
People Name in Country Raju
Pronunciation RAH-joo
Alternate Names राजू
Population this Country 734,000
Population all Countries 734,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 15
People ID 17933
ROP3 Code 113421
ROP25 Code 306918
ROP25 Name Raju
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
574,000
Odisha
142,000
Bihar
1,900
Delhi
1,400
Chhattisgarh
1,300
Andaman and Nicobar
1,300
Jharkhand
1,100
Meghalaya
900
Maharashtra
800
Tripura
800
Uttar Pradesh
400
Arunachal Pradesh
400
Madhya Pradesh
300
Nagaland
300
Uttarakhand
200
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 20
  West Bengal 574,000
  Odisha 142,000
  Bihar 1,900
  Delhi 1,400
  Chhattisgarh 1,300
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,300
  Jharkhand 1,100
  Meghalaya 900
  Maharashtra 800
  Tripura 800
  Uttar Pradesh 400
  Arunachal Pradesh 400
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Nagaland 300
  Uttarakhand 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
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 Bengali (487,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Odia
111,000
Hindi
11,000
Maithili
1,900
Telugu
300
Santhali
300
Ho
200
Bhojpuri
90
Andaman Hindi Creole
90
Kannada
70
Angika
30
Primary Language Bengali (487,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Odia 111,000
  Hindi 11,000
  Maithili 1,900
  Telugu 300
  Santhali 300
  Ho 200
  Bhojpuri 90
  Andaman Hindi Creole 90
  Kannada 70
  Angika 30
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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