Mahratta Kshatriya in India

Mahratta Kshatriya
Send Joshua Project a photo
of this people group.
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Mahratta Kshatriya
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 66,000
World Population: 66,000
Primary Language: Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Mahratta
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The name Mahratha comes from the word invincible. From that comes the Mahratta peoples, who once ruled a mighty empire that challenged the British Empire in the 18th century.

They have a proud military history and have had good status for many centuries. Marathi is their language. They usually read and write in Devanagari. The Mahrattas have several subgroups, one of which is the Kshatriya. This group lives in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They work mainly in agriculture and in the sale of crops. Some work in business, government service or as day laborers. They have a council of elders to look after their interests. They believe in education and modern medicines.

They usually marry their cousins. Widowers and the divorced can marry again. They cremate their dead. Sons inherit the property after the father dies.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kshatriya Mahratta people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.

What Are Their Needs?

This Hindu people needs to put their faith in the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer Points

Pray that the council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to him.

Pray that gospel materials will lead entire Kshatriya Mahratta families into life-giving faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray for a prayer movement for the Kshatriya Mahratta, followed by Christian workers.

Text Source:   Joshua Project