The Rajputs claim to have a recorded history of 5000 years. In the sixth century, the Rajputs rose to prominence in India. Their name means “son of a king,” and even today, many are in politics, are landowners, and have significant social influence. The Garhwali Jimdar Rajput live primarily in the Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh but spread across India. They became Rajputs when they mixed with the Rajputs who migrated to the Himalayas. They are almost entirely Hindu and worship several deities.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In a short article by Ken Horn titled “Unwanted,” he explains the view much of India has of its women. There is a girl named Nakusa which means “unwanted” in Hindi. She was named this because her grandfather was disappointed she was not born a boy. Because males are preferred over females, many young girls receive the name Nakusa. Thousands of girls are viewed as worthless and then are subjected to sex trafficking in India. Project Rescue seeks to bring hope to these women and tell them the worth they have in the eyes of God. Learn more about how Project Rescue is engaging young women and men in India on their website.
There are no known believers among the Rajput Garhwali. Live Dead seeks to plant churches among the unreached in India.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray church planting teams will go to Northern India to minister to the Rajput, Garhwali.
- Pray the word will convict hearts and turned people to the Lord.
- Pray for the women who are neglected, unwanted, and trafficked that they will know the love of God and the hope that is in him.