Razu in India

The Razu have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Veliveyabadina 29,000
Agnikula Kshatriya 25,000
Suryavanshi Kshatriya 25,000
Arya Kshatriya 24,000
Chandravamsa 24,000
Kandy Kshatriya 24,000
Velinadu 500

Introduction / History

The Kshatriya Raju or Rajput are a landowning caste who live primarily in North India. They claim to be descendants of princes and army officers who served the various empires and dynasties of North India. For their military service, the Raju received land for their military service. As educated Indians, the Raju speak multiple languages including Hindi-Urdu, English and local dialects. Complete Bibles and many other resources are available in Hindi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Raju work as business owners and government administrators in law enforcement and as members of the Indian Armed Forces. They also own tracts of land that are frequently cultivated by lower castes. Rajput parents encourage their sons and daughters to graduate from universities and to enter into professions. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the adult young people. They often marry their cousins. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit their father's property. The eldest son takes charge of the family. Brahmin priests officiate at important family ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. The Raju cremate their dead and scatter the ashes in holy rivers. The Raju are not vegetarian, but will not eat beef or pork.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Raju practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They are proud of their Hindu heritage which goes back thousands of years. The Raju worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works, they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Raju 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 family relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Raju people are Holi (the festival of colors and the start of spring), Diwali (the festival of lights), Navratri (which celebrates autumn) and Rama Navami (Rama's birthday). The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Raju fall in the second highest caste of Hinduism, the Kshatriya.


What Are Their Needs?

The Raju need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sin and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Razu in India.

Pray that the Lord humbles the Raju and they see their need for a Savior. Pray that the Lord will start a movement of Raju families experiencing God's blessings. Pray for workers to sow God's Word into Raju families, healing and strengthening households with God's blessings.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-30
People Name General Razu
People Name in Country Razu
Population this Country 548,000
Population all Countries 548,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Chitrakar; Rachawar; Rajawar; Rajoo; Raju; Surava; रज़ू
People ID 17957
ROP3 Code 113446
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Razu
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 7
  Veliveyabadina 29,000
  Agnikula Kshatriya 25,000
  Suryavanshi Kshatriy 25,000
  Arya Kshatriya 24,000
  Chandravamsa 24,000
  Kandy Kshatriya 24,000
  Velinadu 500
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 7
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
461,000
Tamil Nadu
63,000
Karnataka
18,000
Telangana
2,600
Puducherry
1,500
Odisha
1,200
Delhi
200
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 7
  Andhra Pradesh 461,000
  Tamil Nadu 63,000
  Karnataka 18,000
  Telangana 2,600
  Puducherry 1,500
  Odisha 1,200
  Delhi 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (462,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Tamil
11,000
Kannada
500
Odia
100
Primary Language Telugu (462,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 11,000
  Kannada 500
  Odia 100
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
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 JSE Ministries India 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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