Bhatia, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhatia, Hindu traditions only in India






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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bhatia of India used to be warriors and are now mainly in commerce and trade. They say they are descendants of Kshatriya or Rajputs. During the sixth century, Raja Bhoopat ruled in Lahore and his dynasty was called the Bhati or Bhatti dynasty. This is where the name Bhatia came from.

Where Are they Located?

They are supposed to have their origins in the province of Sindh. They are mainly in the north west of India. They can be found in Delhi and in the states of Punjab, Jammu, Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Haryana.

What Are Their Lives Like?

From the Bhatia, main groups are the Jats, Punjabi, Halai, Jakhar, Navgam, Kutchi and Veha. The ones from the Jamnagar region are called Halai Bhatia and others can be called by their group name for example Punjabi Bhatias. Boys and girls whose blood relations are beyond seven years can marry. Widows cannot remarry. This resulted in the forming of groups or clans. They have different dress styles depending on where they live.

The majority of Bhatias are Hindus. They follow a Hindu sect called Pushtimarg. Some of the Bhatias are Sikhs and Muslims. The Upanayana ceremony is performed where a young boy has a thread that is regarded as holy and is a symbol for a promise made to regard his debt to the creditor, his father and his preceptor. The initiation is done by a Guru giving him a Vedic hymn regarded as encouraging righteous wisdom and is called the Gayatri Mantra.

The Bhatia have been a success in trade and commerce like textiles, cotton, steel, iron, shipping and mining.

The Punjabi Bhatias are looked at as being the main ones in India. They are mainly in the Punjab and in Delhi and many have gone to other countries.

Some of the foremost groups of the Bhatia originated from the main work they do or from their crafts.


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People Name General Bhatia, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Bhatia, Hindu traditions
Population in India 229,000
World Population 229,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Banian, Bhatiya, Chandravanshi, Chandravansi, Jaduvanshi, Jaduvanshi Yaduvansi, Krishnavanshi, Krishnavansi, Kshatriya Yaduvanshi, Vishnuvansi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bhatia, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16441
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:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (100,000) Delhi (61,000) Gujarat (20,000) Himachal Pradesh (18,000)
Maharashtra (15,000) Rajasthan (5,900) Punjab (4,500) West Bengal (1,700)
Uttar Pradesh (1,400) Karnataka (900) Chandigarh (600) Goa (500)
Daman and Diu (80) Dadra and Nagar Have (40)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (100,000) Delhi (61,000)
Gujarat (20,000) Himachal Pradesh (18,000)
Maharashtra (15,000) Rajasthan (5,900)
Punjab (4,500) West Bengal (1,700)
Uttar Pradesh (1,400) Karnataka (900)
Chandigarh (600) Goa (500)
Daman and Diu (80) Dadra and Nagar Have (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  27  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (136,000) Panjabi, Eastern (29,000) Gujarati (19,000) Haryanvi (10,000)
Sindhi (4,600) Kangri (4,000) Marathi (3,700) Mandeali (3,300)
Marwari (1,400) Bilaspuri (1,400) Pahari, Mahasu (1,300) Mewari (1,300)
Bengali (1,300) Bagri (1,000) Konkani (1,000) Merwari (800)
Dhundari (500) Bhattiyali (400) Ahirani (300) Konkani, Goan (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 136,000 Panjabi, Eastern 29,000
Gujarati 19,000 Haryanvi 10,000
Sindhi 4,600 Kangri 4,000
Marathi 3,700 Mandeali 3,300
Marwari 1,400 Bilaspuri 1,400
Pahari, Mahasu 1,300 Mewari 1,300
Bengali 1,300 Bagri 1,000
Konkani 1,000 Merwari 800
Dhundari 500 Bhattiyali 400
Ahirani 300 Konkani, Goan 300
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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