Somvanshi in India

The Somvanshi have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Vadval 47,000
Sashtikar 34,000
Ashtagarkar 2,300

Introduction / History

The Somvanshi Khatri or Somvanshiya are a people who live throughout northern, western and central India. Experts say that the Khatri originally came from Punjab and over the centuries moved south into central India. Most Khatri fall in the third of the four main castes of Hinduism, the Vaishyas. Some Khatri see themselves as Kshatriya, the descendant of kings and warriors. Most of the Somvanshiya Khatri live in Delhi, the national capital territory and Haryana, the state west of the city. The main languages of the Khatri are Hindi, English and Eastern Punjabi. Only a very tiny group of Khatri consider themselves followers of Christ.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today Khatri are known as financiers, business owners, traders, and industrialists. Some are involved in the cotton fabric and silk trades. The Khatri also work in law enforcement, the military, medicine, entertainment, and science. The Somvanshiya are one of the most powerful, forward castes in north central and western India. The Khatri live as members of the modern, urban Indian society. Somvanshiya are monogamous that is marriage to one spouse is their practice. They marry within their group. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Parents encourage their children to graduate from universities and graduate schools. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. Brahmin priests officiate at important family ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. Caste associations settle legal disputes and promote their interests. The Khatri eat meat except for beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Khatri practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Khatri visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The Khatri have built multiple Hindu temples in and near the city of Mumbai. Mumbai is the financial center of India. The main yearly holidays of the Khatri people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system.


What Are Their Needs?

The Khatri need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. It is often difficult for more successful people to humble themselves before the Savior. The Somvanshiya Khatri must see themselves as sinners in need of forgiveness from a holy, personal God.


Prayer Points

Pray that God sends Hindu background believers to the Somvanshiya Khatri to tell them about Jesus Christ. Pray that Hindi and Eastern Punjabi Bibles fall into the hands of Khatri who are seeking for truth. Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Somvanshiya Khatri families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings. Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His gospel among the Khatri.


Scripture Prayers for the Somvanshi in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Somvanshi
People Name in Country Somvanshi
Population this Country 588,000
Population all Countries 588,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names Chaukalshi; Khatri; Panch Kalshi; Panch Kalsia; Panchkalsi; Panchkalsi Sutar; Patkar; Somvanshi Kshatriya; Wadavat; सोमवंशी
People ID 17882
ROP3 Code 113361
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Maharashtra
341,000
Karnataka
202,000
Tamil Nadu
37,000
Gujarat
1,700
Telangana
1,500
Uttar Pradesh
300
Goa
300
Madhya Pradesh
200
Andhra Pradesh
100
Delhi
100
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Maharashtra 341,000
  Karnataka 202,000
  Tamil Nadu 37,000
  Gujarat 1,700
  Telangana 1,500
  Uttar Pradesh 300
  Goa 300
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Andhra Pradesh 100
  Delhi 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (218,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Kannada
176,000
Konkani
71,000
Hindi
22,000
Tulu
8,200
Konkani, Goan
2,900
Gujarati
900
English
300
Primary Language Marathi (218,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 176,000
  Konkani 71,000
  Hindi 22,000
  Tulu 8,200
  Konkani, Goan 2,900
  Gujarati 900
  English 300
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more