Kachhwaha Rajput in India

The Kachhwaha Rajput have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Shekhawat 117,000
Naruka 26,000

Introduction / History

The Kachhwaha or Kushwaha are a people who live in north central India. They are traditionally farmers and beekeepers. Since their country's independence have branched out into other occupations. Up until the 20th century they were considered the fourth and lowest caste in Hinduism. Starting in the late 1800s an attempt was made to claim Kshatriya status as descendants of Rama, the avatar of Vishnu. The British favored the Kushwaha because they grew opium poppies, a very lucrative crop for the British. Today some members of the Hindu caste system reject the higher Kshatriya Varna of the Kushwaha and still see them as laborers.

Some Kushwaha have become educated and left the agricultural work of their ancestors. They have moved to Indian cities and attained middle class position with jobs in teaching, engineering, medicine, science and public service.

The main language of the Kushwaha is Hindi. They also speak other regional languages of India. College educated Kushwaha speak English.


Where Are they Located?

The large majority of the Kushwaha live in the Indian states of Rajastan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Smaller groups live throughout the country of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lifestyle of the Kushwaha depends on where they live and their level of education.

They Kushwaha eat meat except for beef. Rice and wheat are their staple foods, supplemented by dairy products, vegetables, fruit and beans.

The Kushwaha encourage both their sons and daughter to get a university degree.

The Kushwaha marry within their caste but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriage with the groom's family making the proposal. The newly married couple lives near the groom's parents. A dowry is paid to the groom's family. Only the sons inherit parental property, which is shared equally. The father's authority is inherited either by the eldest male member in the family.

The Kushwaha have caste and village councils, which settle legal disputes and enforce social norms.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kushwaha practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Special attention is given to Kali, the goddess of death and sexuality, Durga, the mother goddess, Rama, and Hanuman, the monkey god. 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 Kushwaha visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods.

The main yearly holidays of the Kushwaha people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn, and Maha Shivaratri, the great night of Shiva.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kushwaha need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out in practical ways before them.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those Christians ministering to the Kushwaha people.
Pray that strong movements to Jesus will bring whole Kushwaha families into rich experiences of God's blessings.
Pray that many of the Kushwaha people will come to love God with their whole being and walk in His ways.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Kachhwaha in India.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kachwaha
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushwaha
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/koeri/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-30
Rajputs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Rajput Kachhwaha
People Name in Country Rajput Kachhwaha
Natural Name Kachhwaha Rajput
Pronunciation kahch-WA-ha RAHJ-put
Population this Country 842,000
Population all Countries 842,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 17
Alternate Names Natarayat; राजपूत, कच्छवाहा
People ID 20402
ROP3 Code 116186
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
468,000
Uttar Pradesh
233,000
Madhya Pradesh
105,000
Bihar
11,000
Gujarat
5,200
Uttarakhand
4,600
Himachal Pradesh
2,300
West Bengal
1,200
Delhi
1,100
Chhattisgarh
900
Jharkhand
800
Jammu and Kashmir
700
Maharashtra
500
Haryana
300
Punjab
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 18
  Rajasthan 468,000
  Uttar Pradesh 233,000
  Madhya Pradesh 105,000
  Bihar 11,000
  Gujarat 5,200
  Uttarakhand 4,600
  Himachal Pradesh 2,300
  West Bengal 1,200
  Delhi 1,100
  Chhattisgarh 900
  Jharkhand 800
  Jammu and Kashmir 700
  Maharashtra 500
  Haryana 300
  Punjab 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (400,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
112,000
Dhundari
95,000
Shekhawati
33,000
Kanauji
21,000
Awadhi
9,500
Bagri
8,800
Bundeli
8,100
Mewari
4,200
Bhojpuri
4,100
Gujarati
3,400
Punjabi, Eastern
2,500
Haroti: Harauti
2,200
Garhwali
1,100
Braj Bhasha
700
Dogri
400
Primary Language Hindi (400,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 112,000
  Dhundari 95,000
  Shekhawati 33,000
  Kanauji 21,000
  Awadhi 9,500
  Bagri 8,800
  Bundeli 8,100
  Mewari 4,200
  Bhojpuri 4,100
  Gujarati 3,400
  Punjabi, Eastern 2,500
  Haroti: Harauti 2,200
  Garhwali 1,100
  Braj Bhasha 700
  Dogri 400
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  (1835-2019)
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Bible-NT Text Online
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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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2022  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more