Kumhar Kanaujia in India

Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kumhar Kanaujia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 605,000
World Population: 605,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Kumhar
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The word Kumhar means potter. Most of them are potters. Some of their items get sold abroad. Hindi is spoken by them. The Kumhar speak Marathi and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. They class themselves as lower status.

Their legend says that "once Brahma divided sugarcane among his sons and each of them ate his share, but the Kumhara who was greatly absorbed in his work, forgot to eat. The piece which he had kept near his clay lump struck root and soon grew into a sugarcane plant. A few days later, when Brahma asked his sons for sugarcane, none of them could give it to him, excepting the Kumhara who offered a full plant. Brahma was pleased by the devotion of the potter to his work."

Ministry Obstacles

The Kumhar are a lower caste community. Because of the persecution and oppression they have had to endure, they may be very highly suspect of outsiders.

Outreach Ideas

Scripture has several references to clay and potters. Perhaps master potters or students of pottery can share the experience of working clay and teach what Jesus said about this occupation and how he likened himself to a potter.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

It is unclear whether there are believers among them. Pray for a person of peace to present himself of herself.
Pray for unity among believers if they exist among them.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the group will grow in others' esteem for the importance of what they create.
Pray for peace among this community and that they will begin to have success in selling their products.

Text Source:   Joshua Project