Rajput, Kumaoni in India

The Rajput, Kumaoni live in the eastern half of the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. The Rajput claim to be descendants of the warrior class of northern India, and their name means “son of a king.” They are a ruling class and rose to prominence from the sixth to the twelfth centuries. The Kumaoni practice a mix of Hinduism and Animism. During their festivals, people are possessed by spirits of gods, goddesses, or the dead.

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Entrepreneurs

The Common Table is an advocacy organization that seeks to inform and engage people with the need in India. The Common Table works alongside Live Dead India, Cry of India, and Project Rescue. They have trip opportunities for people to see and help work in various places in India, and they have yearlong opportunities to join a team. You can get involved and become an advocate on their advocate page.

Readers, Writers, and Speakers

There are over 3.3 million people who speak Kumaoni, but there is no Bible translation in their language. Kumaoni is spoken more prevalently in northern India, but where there are churches, most use Hindi because of its wider appeal. There is currently a Bible in process with the help of Kumaoni speakers. There is also a JESUS film in Kumaoni. Pray for Bible translators and organizations such as Wycliffe. Pray that the production and accessibility of the Bible will help churches and workers reach Kumaoni people.

Partnership // Move Beyond
  • Pray for a church planting movement among Kumaoni communities.
  • Pray for those who visit India with the Common Table, that God will speak to their hearts and call them to serve in India.
  • Pray for how God may be calling you to personally advocate, pray, give, or serve those in India.

To get involved, see the Eurasia Pipeline. Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open website.

Joshua HuverRajput, Kumaoni in India