Kachhi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Kachhi (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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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.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-25
People Name General Kachhi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kachhi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 5,884,000
World Population 5,884,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 117
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bagwan, Kachchi, Kachchia, Kachchwaye, Kachhi, Kachhwaha, Kachi, Kashi, Khamar, Khambhar, Koeri, Koiri, Kushwaha, Marao, Morya, Murai, Murao, Murya, Shakya, कच्ची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17035
ROP3 Code 112371
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Kachhi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups on file 11
Largest Subgroups
Kachhwaha
1,183,000
Saksena
600,000
Kanaujia
150,000
Hardia
110,000
Patariha
30,000
Kaithia
5,200
Churela
3,300
Alia
1,000
Marwadi
500
Pardeshi
500
Chithoria
70
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Kachhi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 11
  Kachhwaha 1,183,000
  Saksena 600,000
  Kanaujia 150,000
  Hardia 110,000
  Patariha 30,000
  Kaithia 5,200
  Churela 3,300
  Alia 1,000
  Marwadi 500
  Pardeshi 500
  Chithoria 70
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,933,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,476,000
Rajasthan
435,000
Maharashtra
19,000
Chhattisgarh
6,600
Gujarat
3,800
Odisha
3,800
Uttarakhand
3,600
Bihar
1,700
Andaman and Nicobar
1,000
Delhi
600
Telangana
400
Jammu and Kashmir
200
Karnataka
100
Daman and Diu
60
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 16
  Uttar Pradesh 2,933,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,476,000
  Rajasthan 435,000
  Maharashtra 19,000
  Chhattisgarh 6,600
  Gujarat 3,800
  Odisha 3,800
  Uttarakhand 3,600
  Bihar 1,700
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,000
  Delhi 600
  Telangana 400
  Jammu and Kashmir 200
  Karnataka 100
  Daman and Diu 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (5,021,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kanauji
367,000
Awadhi
191,000
Dhundari
169,000
Bundeli
166,000
Bagheli
49,000
Malvi
37,000
Chhattisgarhi
23,000
Bhojpuri
22,000
Marathi
14,000
Haroti: Harauti
13,000
Braj Bhasha
12,000
Nimadi
10,000
Gujarati
4,900
Odia
3,500
Marwari
2,900
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (5,021,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kanauji 367,000
  Awadhi 191,000
  Dhundari 169,000
  Bundeli 166,000
  Bagheli 49,000
  Malvi 37,000
  Chhattisgarhi 23,000
  Bhojpuri 22,000
  Marathi 14,000
  Haroti: Harauti 13,000
  Braj Bhasha 12,000
  Nimadi 10,000
  Gujarati 4,900
  Odia 3,500
  Marwari 2,900
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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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