Solanki Rajput in India

The Rajput Solanki have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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 800CE 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?

Rajputs are divided by clan. The Solanki is a Rajput clan that lives primarily in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, though they live in other states as well.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though Solanki Rajputs are still in the armed forces or own land, many have moved on to other livelihoods. Some Rajputs now own impressive hotels in Rajasthan where tourists can be introduced to their history and culture. Rajputs who aren't so fortunate work as small businessmen or wage laborers.

They try to marry their daughters into clans of higher rank than their own. The Rajput clans in Rajasthan have the highest status, so families want their daughters to marry men from that state. Unfortunately, Rajputs often marry their daughters off while they are very young.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Forward caste Hindus often become devotees of a couple of 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?

Solanki Rajputs are going through an identity crisis. They can no longer depend on land ownership or military careers, especially with the Indian government reserving prestigious jobs for "backward" (ie, underprivileged) castes. Believers with the right skills can help them during this time of transition.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Solanki in India.

Pray for the Solanki Rajputs to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus, his life and his sacrifice for them.
Pray the Lord will give Solanki 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.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20436/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanki_(clan)
http://induhistory.blogspot.com/p/rajput-history.html
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Rajput
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

The Rajputs
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

Additional Info
Rajputs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Rajput Solanki
People Name in Country Rajput Solanki
Natural Name Solanki Rajput
Population this Country 361,000
Population all Countries 361,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Agnivanshi Rajput; Baghela Rajput; Chalukya; Solangi; Thakur; राजपूत, सोलंकी
People ID 20436
ROP3 Code 116219
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)
Madhya Pradesh
121,000
Rajasthan
96,000
Uttar Pradesh
66,000
Gujarat
26,000
Bihar
24,000
Himachal Pradesh
5,600
Uttarakhand
4,500
Maharashtra
3,800
West Bengal
3,600
Jharkhand
2,100
Jammu and Kashmir
1,700
Delhi
1,000
Odisha
700
Punjab
600
Chhattisgarh
500
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
  Madhya Pradesh 121,000
  Rajasthan 96,000
  Uttar Pradesh 66,000
  Gujarat 26,000
  Bihar 24,000
  Himachal Pradesh 5,600
  Uttarakhand 4,500
  Maharashtra 3,800
  West Bengal 3,600
  Jharkhand 2,100
  Jammu and Kashmir 1,700
  Delhi 1,000
  Odisha 700
  Punjab 600
  Chhattisgarh 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (200,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
36,000
Gujarati
29,000
Mewari
9,000
Malvi
8,700
Dhundari
6,900
Bhojpuri
4,800
Kanauji
3,200
Awadhi
2,700
Haroti: Harauti
1,200
Shekhawati
1,200
Dogri
1,000
Kangri
600
Mandeali
500
Bagri
500
Marathi
400
Primary Language Hindi (200,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 36,000
  Gujarati 29,000
  Mewari 9,000
  Malvi 8,700
  Dhundari 6,900
  Bhojpuri 4,800
  Kanauji 3,200
  Awadhi 2,700
  Haroti: Harauti 1,200
  Shekhawati 1,200
  Dogri 1,000
  Kangri 600
  Mandeali 500
  Bagri 500
  Marathi 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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Amazon
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
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 Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more