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Rajput Thakur in India

Rajput Thakur

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
70,000 Kangri Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Rajput Thakur in India

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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 Shudras, 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 concentrated in India's northwestern state of Rajasthan, though there are Rajputs all over the country. Pakistan has Rajput communities, mostly in Punjab Province.

What are their lives like?
Though Thakur Rajputs are still in the armed forces or own land, many have moved on to other livelihoods. Wealthy 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.

Rajputs 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, their experts in spirituality.

What are their needs?
Thakur 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
* Pray for the Thakur Rajputs to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus and their need for Him.
* Pray the Lord will give Thakur 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/20440/IN
https://www.quora.com/unanswered/What-is-difference-between-Thakur-and-Rajput
https://joshuaproject.net/index.php/people_groups/17928/IN
http://induhistory.blogspot.com/p/rajput-history.html
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Rajput
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajput

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-10
 
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The Rajputs
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:70,000
Largest States:
Himachal Pradesh (56,000)Gujarat (7,200)
Punjab (5,100)Chandigarh (200)
Kerala (200)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (80)
Daman and Diu (80)
Total States on file:7
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Rajput Thakur
People Name General: Rajput Thakur
Alternate People Names:
DharalaThakar
ThakardaThakura
राजपूत, ठाकुर
ROP3 Code: 116223
Joshua Project People ID: 20440
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 70,000
Population all Countries: 70,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Rajput
People Name General: Rajput Thakur
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Language
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Primary Language: Kangri (21,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): xnr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (18,000)Mandeali (13,000)
Gujarati (6,600)Punjabi, Eastern (4,200)
Pahari, Kullu (2,900)Chambeali (1,900)
Bilaspuri (1,700)Malayalam (200)
Marathi (60)Bagri (20)
Total Languages: 11
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2007
New Testament:
2017
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Scripture stories
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Kangri
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kangri
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Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
 
 
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Rajput Thakur in India

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