Bhatia (Hindu traditions) in India

The Bhatia (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Subgroups: 52 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Bari 200
Bunjhar 200
Kachchhi Halai Unknown
Rai Babal Unknown
Rai Bora Unknown
Rai Chichiria Unknown
Rai Ded Unknown
Rai Deta Unknown
Rai Dhabas Unknown
Rai Dhaga Unknown

Introduction / History

Bhatia is a group of people, and a caste found in Punjab, Rajasthan, Sindh, and Gujarat.

Bhatia people of India were warriors in their history; now they work 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 from which the Bhatia name originated.


Where Are they Located?

They live mainly in Punjab and Delhi and many have gone to other countries.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bhatia, main groups are Jats, Punjabi, Halai, Jakhar, Navgam, Kutchi and Veha. They are called by their group name, for example Punjabi Bhatias. They have formed groups or clans. They have different dress styles depending on where they live.

Bhatia people are successful in trade, commerce in textiles, cotton, steel, iron, shipping and mining.

They cremate their dead and the ashes are immersed in the River Ganges, which is regarded as holy. Infants to the age of five years old are buried and there is a death pollution period, usually for twelve days, ending with a feast. Widows may not remarry.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bhatia people are primarily Hindu and worship Hindu gods. They also worship family, ancestors, and village gods. They follow a Hindu sect called Pushtimarg. They celebrate Hindu festivals, and a New Year festival called Makar Sankranti, exchanging sesame seeds combined with jaggery (unrefined sugar).

Some Bhatias are Sikhs and Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

Adequate visual, audio, and video Christian resources are available in he Hindi language, but Bhatia are still an unreached people group.

The most important need is for Bhatia people, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh to understand that their good works and worship of false gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and thatAlmighty Creator God has made provision for them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Bhatia people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ.
* Pray for justice and righteousness to reign in government in India.
* Pray that intercessors worldwide will pray for salvation of Bhatia people in India.


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-24
People Name General Bhatia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhatia (Hindu traditions)
World Population 230,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Banian, Bhatiya, Chandravanshi, Chandravansi, Jaduvanshi, Jaduvanshi Yaduvansi, Krishnavanshi, Krishnavansi, Kshatriya Yaduvanshi, Vishnuvansi, भाटिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16441
ROP3 Code 111594
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Bhatia (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 52 (only 15 largest shown)
  Bari 200
  Bunjhar 200
  Kachchhi Halai 0
  Rai Babal 0
  Rai Bora 0
  Rai Chichiria 0
  Rai Ded 0
  Rai Deta 0
  Rai Dhabas 0
  Rai Dhaga 0
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Haryana
98,000
Delhi
62,000
Gujarat
19,000
Himachal Pradesh
18,000
Maharashtra
16,000
Punjab
6,400
Rajasthan
6,000
West Bengal
1,700
Uttar Pradesh
1,400
Karnataka
900
Chandigarh
800
Goa
600
Daman and Diu
80
Dadra and Nagar Have
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Haryana 98,000
  Delhi 62,000
  Gujarat 19,000
  Himachal Pradesh 18,000
  Maharashtra 16,000
  Punjab 6,400
  Rajasthan 6,000
  West Bengal 1,700
  Uttar Pradesh 1,400
  Karnataka 900
  Chandigarh 800
  Goa 600
  Daman and Diu 80
  Dadra and Nagar Have 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (139,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Eastern
31,000
Gujarati
19,000
Haryanvi
10,000
Sindhi
4,500
Kangri
4,000
Marathi
3,900
Mandeali
2,800
Marwari
1,500
Bilaspuri
1,500
Mewari
1,400
Pahari, Mahasu
1,300
Bengali
1,300
Bagri
1,000
Konkani
1,000
Merwari
800
Primary Language Hindi (139,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Eastern 31,000
  Gujarati 19,000
  Haryanvi 10,000
  Sindhi 4,500
  Kangri 4,000
  Marathi 3,900
  Mandeali 2,800
  Marwari 1,500
  Bilaspuri 1,500
  Mewari 1,400
  Pahari, Mahasu 1,300
  Bengali 1,300
  Bagri 1,000
  Konkani 1,000
  Merwari 800
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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