Khatri (Sikh traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 46 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Kapor 127,000
Khanna 96,000
Seth 42,000
Bedi 32,000
Kakkar 30,000
Arora 29,000
Sondi 25,000
Tandan 18,000
Chopra 6,400
Dhaun 5,100

Introduction / History

The Khatri are a people group who live across north and central India. A small population resides in Pakistan. Though most are Hindu, there are a sizable number of Sikhs among them, especially in Punjab. The two main languages of the Khatri are Hindi and Western Punjabi. They also speak the local languages where they live. There are few, if any known believers among them. There are a complete Bible, JESUS Film, Christian radio broadcasts, and the God's Story video in both Western Punjabi and Hindi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khatri are a trading and business caste that originated in Punjab. They are one of the most progressive and advanced communities in India. They usually marry within their own community. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. Parents encourages their sons and daughters to get a university education. A caste council settles legal disputes and enforces social norms.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Some of the Khatri people practice Sikhism. This religion originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement to Hinduism. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God. One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns. Perhaps believers can learn these hymns and see if they might be a bridge to worshipping the Lord of lords.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sikh Khatri community needs to put all their trust in Jesus Christ not in the teachings of their Gurus. They will need to see the love of Christ shown to them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Sikh Khatri people a willingness to investigate the claims of Jesus Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement among Sikh Khatri people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Khatri people and tell them the good news.


Scripture Prayers for the Khatri (Sikh traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-31
People Name General Khatri (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Khatri (Sikh traditions)
Pronunciation KAH-tree
Population this Country 356,000
Population all Countries 359,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Arora Khatri; Bhiya Kshatriya; Chhatri; Katri; Khakar; Khakha; Khakha Khatri; Khakhar; Khattri; Patnulkaran; Patnulkarar; Sethara; खत्री (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18125
ROP3 Code 113631
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Sikh - other
People Group Khatri (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 46 (only 15 largest shown)
  Kapor 127,000
  Khanna 96,000
  Seth 42,000
  Bedi 32,000
  Kakkar 30,000
  Arora 29,000
  Sondi 25,000
  Tandan 18,000
  Chopra 6,400
  Dhaun 5,100
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 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
250,000
Delhi
22,000
Rajasthan
20,000
Haryana
19,000
Uttar Pradesh
11,000
Jammu and Kashmir
6,100
Uttarakhand
4,400
Maharashtra
3,900
Madhya Pradesh
2,700
Chandigarh
2,700
Himachal Pradesh
2,100
West Bengal
2,000
Jharkhand
1,700
Chhattisgarh
1,100
Tamil Nadu
900
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 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab 250,000
  Delhi 22,000
  Rajasthan 20,000
  Haryana 19,000
  Uttar Pradesh 11,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 6,100
  Uttarakhand 4,400
  Maharashtra 3,900
  Madhya Pradesh 2,700
  Chandigarh 2,700
  Himachal Pradesh 2,100
  West Bengal 2,000
  Jharkhand 1,700
  Chhattisgarh 1,100
  Tamil Nadu 900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (249,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
42,000
Bagri
7,900
Haryanvi
1,200
Marwari
400
Kangri
300
Shekhawati
300
Kashmiri
300
Dogri
300
Garhwali
100
Bilaspuri
100
Punjabi, Western
70
Kumaoni
70
Awadhi
60
Gujarati
50
Dhundari
20
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (249,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 42,000
  Bagri 7,900
  Haryanvi 1,200
  Marwari 400
  Kangri 300
  Shekhawati 300
  Kashmiri 300
  Dogri 300
  Garhwali 100
  Bilaspuri 100
  Punjabi, Western 70
  Kumaoni 70
  Awadhi 60
  Gujarati 50
  Dhundari 20
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2021)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus Create International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Who Can Help You? Create International
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 Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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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