Khatri (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

Khatri people came from Punjab, a region that straddles eastern Pakistan and northwestern India. They are from the business community, which makes them the third of the four Hindu caste blocks, though some claim to be from the second-tiered Rajputs.


Where Are they Located?

In addition to Punjab, they live mainly in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In addition to being traders, some of Khatri people are financiers and moneylenders. Some have small shops and others are industrialists. Some are agriculturists and breed animals. Others are transporters and contractors, and a few do government work. Khatri in Gujarat print and dye cloth and in Maharashtra they weave silk saris. Some Khatri people are police, doctors, and scientists. They have much influence in northwest India.
Khatri people choose marriage partners within the group. Marriages are arranged by the parents and the elders. They favor adult marriages. Khatri men are only allowed one wife. They dislike divorce, but it is allowed in certain cases such as not being able to have children. Khatris have councils who judge on marriage, divorce and property issues. They use modern and traditional medicine. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. In some states such as Bihar though, widows may not re-marry. There are some extended families, but young couples prefer to not live in the homes of their parents and in-laws. They use modern and local medicine and do family planning. Only the sons have property inheritance. It is equally divided and the oldest son becomes head
of the family upon the father's death.
Khatri women do the housework and are involved in social and religious matters. Sometimes they help earn money for the family.
Most Khatris speak Hindi and some can speak English. Many Bible resources are published in Hindi and English, but not necessarily available to people groups in remote parts of northern India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Khatri are mainly Hindu. They worship all the Hindu gods. They also worship their ancestors. Their main festivals are the same ones that are celebrated by the other Hindus. Brahmin priests do the rituals that relate to births, marriages and deaths. The deceased are cremated and the ashes are immersed in a river with the River Ganges at Haridwar being the favorite. Young children are buried.


What Are Their Needs?

Khatri people need to be liberated from traditions that hinder receiving the Savior who died in their place, and to receive new believers into their traditional community.
Audio, visual, and written Christian resources have been produced in Hindi and English; someone must earn the trust of these people to introduce them to this help.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Khatri people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them, and false dieties that weigh them down, causing them to live in fear.
* Pray that as they celebrate many Hindu festivals, the Holy Spirit of the one true God will enable them to celebrate His reconciliation and hope.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Khatris, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Khatri families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.


References

www.peolegroupsindia.com/profiles/khatri/


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-15
People Name General Khatri (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Khatri (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 2,318,000
World Population 2,324,400
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 46
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Arora Khatri, Bahi, Bari, Bhadrawahi, Bhadri, Katri, Khakar, Khakha, Khakha Khatri, Khatri, Khattri, Sareen, Sethara, Surin, खत्री (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17161
ROP3 Code 112512
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Khatri (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups on file 42
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Kapor
105,000
Malhotra
79,000
Khanna
76,000
Seth
37,000
Bedi
32,000
Arora
27,000
Mahne
25,000
Kakkar
21,000
Tandan
16,000
Vanza
7,600
Chopra
5,100
Surin
4,100
Dhaun
4,000
Bhandari
3,200
Vij
2,600
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Khatri (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 42 (only 15 largest shown)
  Kapor 105,000
  Malhotra 79,000
  Khanna 76,000
  Seth 37,000
  Bedi 32,000
  Arora 27,000
  Mahne 25,000
  Kakkar 21,000
  Tandan 16,000
  Vanza 7,600
  Chopra 5,100
  Surin 4,100
  Dhaun 4,000
  Bhandari 3,200
  Vij 2,600
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 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Delhi
737,000
Haryana
644,000
Punjab
312,000
Uttar Pradesh
230,000
Jammu and Kashmir
99,000
Gujarat
59,000
Himachal Pradesh
50,000
Maharashtra
50,000
Rajasthan
45,000
Chandigarh
38,000
Madhya Pradesh
32,000
Uttarakhand
18,000
Chhattisgarh
1,300
Andaman and Nicobar
1,200
Assam
600
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 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Delhi 737,000
  Haryana 644,000
  Punjab 312,000
  Uttar Pradesh 230,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 99,000
  Gujarat 59,000
  Himachal Pradesh 50,000
  Maharashtra 50,000
  Rajasthan 45,000
  Chandigarh 38,000
  Madhya Pradesh 32,000
  Uttarakhand 18,000
  Chhattisgarh 1,300
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,200
  Assam 600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,478,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Eastern
564,000
Dogri
45,000
Haryanvi
44,000
Gujarati
42,000
Marwari
16,000
Bagri
15,000
Kangri
14,000
Mandeali
8,000
Awadhi
7,600
Kanauji
6,600
Garhwali
6,100
Kashmiri
5,600
Merwari
1,700
Pahari, Mahasu
1,700
Bilaspuri
1,700
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (1,478,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Eastern 564,000
  Dogri 45,000
  Haryanvi 44,000
  Gujarati 42,000
  Marwari 16,000
  Bagri 15,000
  Kangri 14,000
  Mandeali 8,000
  Awadhi 7,600
  Kanauji 6,600
  Garhwali 6,100
  Kashmiri 5,600
  Merwari 1,700
  Pahari, Mahasu 1,700
  Bilaspuri 1,700
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.68 %
Islam
0.01 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.31 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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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