The Rajputs Ponwar live in the north and central states of India. Rajput means "son of a ruler" in Sanskrit. "Ponwar" means descendants of the Paramara dynasty. This middle-sized kingdom flourished in the late medieval period in north central India. The Ponwar take pride in their warrior history. The British recruited them as soldiers during the colonial period. The Ponwar became landholders of large estates. Some Rajput Ponwar are wealthy landowners who have other castes work their land. Some are less wealthy and till the soil themselves. Their military tradition continues in the Indian Army.
The Ponwar are proud of their heritage as soldiers and rulers. Pride can be an obstacle in coming to know the Savior. When a Ponwar comes to Christ, he or she may be shunned by their Hindu or Muslim families.
Bibles and literature are available in the languages that the Ponwar speak. Indian believers can share with Ponwar the blessing of knowing Christ and having one's sins forgiven.
There are no known believers among the Ponwar at the present time. Pray the Lord uses Indian believers to bring many of the Ponwar to himself.
* Pray the Lord sends believers to befriend the Rajput Ponwar and show them the love and mercy of God. * Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Ponwar families into a rich experience of God's blessing. * Pray that the Holy Spirit leads many Rajputs to Christ and that growing churches are planted among them.
"And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man's foundation." Romans 15:20
|People Name||Rajput Ponwar (Hindu traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|