Tajpuriya in Nepal

Joshua Project has identified the Tajpuriya only in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

There is no written history about the Tajpuria tribes. It is believed that in ancient time their ancestor came from Tejpur in North India. Because of this, their tribes are called Tajpuria. Long ago a man named Susarma ruled as king in Samaygadh (today, the Topgachhi, Jhapa district). The Tajpuria are his descendants.

Where Are they Located?

They live in Jhapa and Morang district in Eastern Nepal. In Jhapa they are scattered in Chak chaki, Panchgachhi, Mahavara, Gauradah, Dharampur, Gauriganj, Jurupani, Korubari, Kohavara, Maharani and Lakhanpur. In Morang they are found in Sijua, Jhurkia, Mahadewa, Govindpur and Rangeli.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They practice farming on borrowed land, they don't have their own land. They also love to fish. Only a small percentage is educated and only a handful have master's degrees. These tribes are very poor.

Their houses are made of mud and bamboo. These are all built in close proximity as a community.

They have their own language called Tajpuri which is closely related to Rajbansi and Gangai. They speak the Nepali language also.

The bridegroom's family goes to the house of the bride's family to arrange the marriage. Once arranged, a representative from the bridegroom's family again goes to bride's house with clothes and ornaments as a testimony to the arranged marriage.

At the wedding the bride wears a special dress made of cotton. It is a 16-foot long sari. The groom wears a Dhoti and Ganji made of cotton.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They have their own religious culture like the Hindu culture. They like to be called Hindus. They celebrate religious festivals such as Dashain and Aunshi once a year. They have a dance called Huka-Huki during the Aunshi festival. They make make rope from a plant called sanpat. This is then burned and thrown into the air in memory of their ancestors.

They also worship oxen during the Aunshi festival. They prepare a special herb and feed it to the oxen.

They follow the tradition of their ancestors, worshiping three gods and goddesses:
Thakur (Male) and Barmani (Female) who are representations of Shiva and Parvati, his wife. The third god is Maharaja pua. It is believed that in ancient time when they came to Nepal there was many wild gods. They selected one of them for their protection and began to worship. They have no physical representation for these gods and goddesses.

What Are Their Needs?

They lack financial means for education. They need education in finances regarding micro projects and savings. There is a need for education regarding health and proper sanitation. There is a great need for evangelization and church planting in their community.

Prayer Points

Pray to win this community for Jesus Christ. They are not very open to the gospel and they need their own people to be raised up to preach in their own language.


Pusak Tajpuria and Ram Tajpuria

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tajpuriya
People Name in Country Tajpuriya
Population in Nepal 19,000
World Population 19,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Tajpuriya
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 19328
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mechi (12,000) Kosi (6,500) Bagmati (200) Narayani (80)
Gandaki (30) Seti (20)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mechi (12,000) Kosi (6,500)
Bagmati (200) Narayani (80)
Gandaki (30) Seti (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajbanshi (19,000) Nepali (400) Maithili
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Rajbanshi 19,000 Nepali 400
Maithili 0
For Primary Language: Rajbanshi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2005)
New Testament Yes   (2009)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Rajbanshi Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.31 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.11 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.47 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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