Rajput Kumaoni in India

The Rajput Kumaoni have only been reported in India
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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

* Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Kumaoni in India.

* 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.

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-08-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-27
People Name General Rajput Kumaoni
People Name in Country Rajput Kumaoni
Pronunciation RAHJ-put koo-mah-OWN-ee
World Population 515,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Kshettri; Thakur-Rajput; राजपूत, कुमाओनी
People ID 20411
ROP3 Code 116195
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Uttarakhand 515,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kumaoni (476,000 speakers)
Language Code kfy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Kumaoni (476,000 speakers)
Language Code kfy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 44,000
People Groups Speaking Kumaoni

Primary Language:  Kumaoni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1825)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kumaoni
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kumaoni
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source apsaramokashi  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.