The Rajput are from the Kashtrya varna and are known for historically being the ruling or military elite. Their history dates back 5000 years when they are first mentioned in one of India’s epics, the Mahabharata. Because they are a higher caste, they are envied by the lower caste, and the Rajput themselves have pride in their noble lineage. The Rajput are Hindu and worship many gods, the main goddess which the Rajput worship is Shiva (the destroyer). The Rajput celebrate many festivals which worship their gods; one of their main festivals – Dasahara – celebrates the goddess Durga. In this festival, a buffalo is sacrificed as a symbol of Durga’s defeat of the buffalo demon. The Rajput seek out spiritual counsel and advice from gurus.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In the blog post, India: Visions of Truth we learn about an Indian woman named Yasmin. She opened up her difficult past to a global worker as the global worker listened she offered hope in Jesus. She accepted, and as they prayed she saw a vision of a shepherd and herself as the sheep. In the vision, she felt peace and comfort from the shepherd as he led her. The global workers shared Psalm 23 with her and later reflected and wrote “Holy Spirit encounters always affirm the truth of the Word of God. I believe that was the night Yasmin truly met Jesus for the first time.”
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The number of evangelicals among the Rajput is unknown. The Rajput are very proud of their lineage and do not have much physical poverty but live in spiritual poverty. The Rajputs have many gods but do not know the one true god. Live Dead: India seeks to plant churches in Rajput communities.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray that Indian women, like Yasmin, may encounter Jesus and see him as their shepherd who protects, cares for, loves and sets free.
- Pray for “Paul’s” to enter Rajput communities just as he did in Athens (Acts 17:16-32) and that many may want to hear the truth of the Gospel.
- Pray that the Rajput may have a heart of humility and that they may be open to the Gospel message.
- Pray for the national church in India as they reach out into Rajput communities.