Gaur Rajput in India

The Rajput Gaur have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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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 800 Rajput dynasties ruled northern India. Petty Rajput kingdoms were the main obstacle for Muslim domination of the Hindu subcontinent. For hundreds of years Rajputs were the warriors who defended kingdoms from invaders and conquered others. Whenever 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 Empire put an end to the Moghul Empire, but they recruited Rajputs into their military units. 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 clans. Among these clans are the Gaurs. They are located in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and especially Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though Hindu Gaur Rajputs are still in the armed forces or own land, many have moved on to other livelihoods. Some 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.


What Are Their Needs?

Hindu Gaur 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 difficult time of transition.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Hindu Gaur Rajputs community to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus, his life and their need for Him.
Pray the Lord will give Gaur Rajputs a spiritual hunger, then satisfy that hunger.
Pray that these people 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.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Gaur in India.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20394/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaur_Rajput
http://www.indianrajputs.com/history/gaur.php
http://www.indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Rajput:_Gaur,_Chamar_Gaur
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Gaur%20Rajputs
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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

The Rajputs
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-12
Rajputs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Rajput Gaur
People Name in Country Rajput Gaur
Natural Name Gaur Rajput
Pronunciation gore RAHJ-put
Population this Country 794,000
Population all Countries 794,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names राजपूत, गौर
People ID 20394
ROP3 Code 116178
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
288,000
Delhi
147,000
Madhya Pradesh
136,000
Bihar
69,000
Gujarat
34,000
Rajasthan
30,000
Haryana
23,000
Himachal Pradesh
19,000
Maharashtra
9,700
Jammu and Kashmir
7,800
Jharkhand
7,400
Chhattisgarh
7,200
Andhra Pradesh
4,100
Uttarakhand
2,900
West Bengal
1,200
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 20
  Uttar Pradesh 288,000
  Delhi 147,000
  Madhya Pradesh 136,000
  Bihar 69,000
  Gujarat 34,000
  Rajasthan 30,000
  Haryana 23,000
  Himachal Pradesh 19,000
  Maharashtra 9,700
  Jammu and Kashmir 7,800
  Jharkhand 7,400
  Chhattisgarh 7,200
  Andhra Pradesh 4,100
  Uttarakhand 2,900
  West Bengal 1,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (512,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kanauji
47,000
Awadhi
26,000
Gujarati
23,000
Bhojpuri
17,000
Marwari
13,000
Dhundari
6,200
Dogri
4,000
Marathi
3,800
Maithili
2,700
Bundeli
2,600
Chhattisgarhi
1,800
Kangri
1,800
Magahi
1,600
Mewari
1,200
Khandesi
1,100
Primary Language Hindi (512,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kanauji 47,000
  Awadhi 26,000
  Gujarati 23,000
  Bhojpuri 17,000
  Marwari 13,000
  Dhundari 6,200
  Dogri 4,000
  Marathi 3,800
  Maithili 2,700
  Bundeli 2,600
  Chhattisgarhi 1,800
  Kangri 1,800
  Magahi 1,600
  Mewari 1,200
  Khandesi 1,100
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
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 DAVAR Partners recording, Old 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 Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more