Rajput, Kumaoni in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rajput, Kumaoni only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


The Rajputs

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Introduction / History

Bimla was busy running around, checking to see if everything was ready. The whole family was fasting and the priest was about to come. Every night they were hearing noises. Her father would wake up with the feeling that someone was trying to choke him. Hopefully, after the puja they would have no more trouble with the spirit that had been bothering their home for the last few weeks.

By evening, everyone had gathered around the little fire in the courtyard. The priest was beating his drum and singing. Aunt Kamla, possessed by a spirit, began chanting, "I am your uncle Dipu! Why did you take my field? I am very angry!" Bimla was frightened. So it was uncle Dipu's ghost that was bothering them all this time! Everyone bowed down to the doll representing uncle and asked for forgiveness. The pandit now started a different tune and slowly aunt Kamla came back to her usual self. This was the "Jaagar" ceremony, to appease the spirit that was troubling them. Now there would be no more troubles.

Where Are they Located?

The eastern half of the state of Uttarakhand, bordering Nepal and China, has a beautiful landscape with green valleys, hills and snowy peaks – the home of the Kumaoni.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They follow a religion that is a mixture of animism and Hinduism. At most festivals and pujas, people are possessed by spirits, usually attributed to a god or goddess, or a dead person.

Although Hindi is the language for wider communication, Kumaoni can be heard everywhere. Bible translation is progressing, with the active participation of Kumaoni speakers. The Jesus film, a set of Bible stories and several portions of Scripture are now available. Although the Kumaoni are not against Christianity, only a small number have responded to the Gospel.

Churches are found mostly in towns, but they use Hindi. Some missions, Christian NGOs and churches are involved in outreach. In spite of Kumaoni speakers coming to Christ every year, the church is not significantly growing. Much prayer is needed to start a movement among the Kumaoni.

What Are Their Needs?

They live a meagre lifestyle, supported through farming. Unemployment is rampant and many young men loiter around markets, with nothing else to do.

Prayer Points

* The mother tongue translators to be diligent and systematic in their work, and to find joy and fulfilment in their task.
* Published Scripture portions to reach the right hands.
* The few Christians to be good witnesses, and God's Word to take root in people's hearts.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Rajput, Kumaoni
People Name in Country Rajput, Kumaoni
Population in India 543,000
World Population 543,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kshettri, Thakur-Rajput
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Rajput, Kumaoni
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 20411
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttarakhand (543,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttarakhand (543,000)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kumaoni (488,000) Hindi (46,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kumaoni 488,000 Hindi 46,000
For Primary Language: Kumaoni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1825-2007)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Kumaoni Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Oral Bible stories in Kumaoni Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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