Kachhi, Hindu traditions in India

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






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kachhi people are a part of the largest people cluster in India, the Hindi. Depending on the region, the Kachhi claim a variety of different origins. According to the Uttar Pradesh state Kachhi, they are the descendants of King Ikshavaku from the south of Nepal. However the Kachhi in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi claim ancestry in Kush (the son of one of Vishnu's incarnations, Rama). These Kachhi also see a link between them and the Kacchwaha Rajputs.

Where Are they Located?

The Kachhi are found throughout the Central and Northern states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Bihar. There are also a small number of Kachhi in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kachhi are traditionally agrarian workers, growing crops including wheat, gram and lentils. Economically speaking, their main resource is their land due to their agrarian lifestyle. However, in regions like Delhi where the Kachhi are mostly small business owners. Their industries range from selling vegetables, book binding, manufacturing plastic toys or electrical parts. Some have made careers in the government or in private sector roles such as medicine or engineering.

Education is given to both male and female Kachhi, however continued study is not encouraged for women. In states where their numbers are highest, literacy levels are also quite low.

The diet is traditionally vegetarian (which reflects both their Hindu background and agrarian lifestyle). However as Hindu nominalism creeps in more roles are taken in the business sector, their diet is now occasionally including meat.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kachhi are almost entirely Hindu. A very small minority are Buddhist or adhere to some other local traditions.

The Kachhi Hindu's predominantly worship Hanuman, Rama, Krishna Shiva, Kali and Durga. They celebrate the various major Hindu festivals and practice rituals of cremation, preferring to spread them in the Ganges River.

In the cities, many of the younger Hindu Kachhi are becoming more and more nominal. In Gujarat some have started to adopt Muslim concepts and festivals like Ramadan

The small number of Buddhists Kachhi live in Uttar Pradesh.

What Are Their Needs?

It is unclear whether there are any Christians among the 6 million Kachhi. Their deep roots in Hinduism have long made in difficult to evangelise them. However, with growing nominalism towards Hinduism, the gospel is facing a unique opportunity to share the life saving news with this people.

There is, however, little or no active witness to the Kachhi. They are geographically and linguistically linked to many nearby peoples, so there is opportunity!

Prayer Points

1. Pray that God would continue to open up doors for the gospel to be shared with the Kachhi
2. Thank God for his generosity in opening up an interest in "new ideas" among many younger Kachhi.
3. Pray that the Spirit will be working in many Kachhi and cause them to seek out the truth.
4. Pray that many Christians will seek opportunities to mission to this people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-25
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A Pilgrimage
People Name General Kachhi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Kachhi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 5,937,000
World Population 5,937,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bagwan, Kachchi, Kachchia, Kachchwaye, Kachhi, Kachhwaha, Kachi, Kashi, Khamar, Khambhar, Koeri, Koiri, Kushwaha, Marao, Morya, Murai, Murao, Murya, Shakya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kachhi, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17035
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:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,967,000) Madhya Pradesh (2,488,000) Rajasthan (442,000) Maharashtra (18,000)
Chhattisgarh (6,700) Gujarat (3,900) Odisha (3,900) Uttarakhand (3,600)
Bihar (1,700) Andaman and Nicobar (1,000) Delhi (600) Telangana (400)
Jammu and Kashmir (200) Karnataka (90) Daman and Diu (60) West Bengal (30)
Total States on file:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,967,000) Madhya Pradesh (2,488,000)
Rajasthan (442,000) Maharashtra (18,000)
Chhattisgarh (6,700) Gujarat (3,900)
Odisha (3,900) Uttarakhand (3,600)
Bihar (1,700) Andaman and Nicobar (1,000)
Delhi (600) Telangana (400)
Jammu and Kashmir (200) Karnataka (90)
Daman and Diu (60) West Bengal (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (4,731,000) Kanauji (365,000) Awadhi (193,000) Dhundari (182,000)
Bundeli (156,000) Bagheli (48,000) Malvi (33,000) Bhojpuri (22,000)
Chhattisgarhi (21,000) Marathi (13,000) Braj Bhasha (12,000) Nimadi (11,000)
Haroti: Harauti (9,800) Gujarati (4,800) Oriya (3,500) Garhwali (2,600)
Shekhawati (1,900) Marwari (1,300) Mewari (700) Bengali (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 4,731,000 Kanauji 365,000
Awadhi 193,000 Dhundari 182,000
Bundeli 156,000 Bagheli 48,000
Malvi 33,000 Bhojpuri 22,000
Chhattisgarhi 21,000 Marathi 13,000
Braj Bhasha 12,000 Nimadi 11,000
Haroti: Harauti 9,800 Gujarati 4,800
Oriya 3,500 Garhwali 2,600
Shekhawati 1,900 Marwari 1,300
Mewari 700 Bengali 600
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
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.87 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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