Kurmi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction

The Kurmi are believed to be descendants of some of the earliest Aryan immigrants to India and come from the Kshatriyas (warrior caste) who became farmers. Kurmi are known in India as the chief agricultural caste. Modern Kurmi are relatively prosperous and educated. Their lifestyle is associated with farming and trading. Due to their agricultural link, the Kurmi are viewed as one of the 'backward' or lower castes. Some Kurmi have formed a national movement in the northern and eastern Indian regions for advocacy purposes. The Kurmi are Hindu, and worship Ram, Shankar, Hanuman, Vishnu, Niranjan, Nagdeo, and other dieties. Girls among the Kurmi receive education up to the primary level while boys are encouraged to study further.


Ministry Obstacles

Much spiritual darkness and opposition to the Gospel is found throughout South Asia. Only the Lord can bring light to the darkness.


Outreach Ideas

The overall population of Kurmi is very large. Pray there will be many interactions with true believers everywhere they live who will obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit to share Christ with them.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few Kurmi in Nepal have reported themselves as Christians to the census. Pray these people will honor the Lord by how they live their lives, and will be a shining testimony to others in their community.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray that those in the Kurmi community who are unable to care for themselves adequately will find help in their villages and in their community.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 225,000
World Population 19,247,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Awadhia, Gangwar, Gowd, Kapu, Katiyar, Korma, Kunbi, Kurma, Mahto, Patanwar, Patchwar, Patel, Patidar, Sachan, कुर्मी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17334
ROP3 Code 112717
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups on file 6
Largest Subgroups
Baiswar
1,700
Jaiswar
1,700
Gangwar
1,500
Sachin
1,500
Saiswar
1,500
Sanadhya
1,500
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 6
  Baiswar 1,700
  Jaiswar 1,700
  Gangwar 1,500
  Sachin 1,500
  Saiswar 1,500
  Sanadhya 1,500
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Narayani
114,000
Lumbini
57,000
Janakpur
32,000
Bheri
12,000
Sagarmatha
3,600
Kosi
2,600
Mechi
1,600
Bagmati
1,200
Seti
500
Gandaki
300
Rapti
200
Mahakali
40
Dhaulagiri
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Narayani 114,000
  Lumbini 57,000
  Janakpur 32,000
  Bheri 12,000
  Sagarmatha 3,600
  Kosi 2,600
  Mechi 1,600
  Bagmati 1,200
  Seti 500
  Gandaki 300
  Rapti 200
  Mahakali 40
  Dhaulagiri 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhojpuri (97,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Maithili
82,000
Awadhi
47,000
Hindi
2,100
Magahi
800
Nepali
500
Angika
300
Bagheli
300
Dotyali
200
Rangpuri
200
Kurux: Kisan
100
Bengali
30
Kumaoni
30
Other People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri
Primary Language Bhojpuri (97,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Maithili 82,000
  Awadhi 47,000
  Hindi 2,100
  Magahi 800
  Nepali 500
  Angika 300
  Bagheli 300
  Dotyali 200
  Rangpuri 200
  Kurux: Kisan 100
  Bengali 30
  Kumaoni 30
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri

Primary Language:  Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1911-1982)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1998-2006)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bhojpuri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Rakeshkurmi85  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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