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

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

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.


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 303,000
Population all Countries 306,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
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
214,000
Delhi
19,000
Rajasthan
17,000
Haryana
16,000
Uttar Pradesh
9,500
Jammu and Kashmir
5,200
Uttarakhand
3,800
Maharashtra
3,300
Madhya Pradesh
2,400
Chandigarh
2,300
Himachal Pradesh
1,800
West Bengal
1,700
Jharkhand
1,500
Chhattisgarh
900
Tamil Nadu
800
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 214,000
  Delhi 19,000
  Rajasthan 17,000
  Haryana 16,000
  Uttar Pradesh 9,500
  Jammu and Kashmir 5,200
  Uttarakhand 3,800
  Maharashtra 3,300
  Madhya Pradesh 2,400
  Chandigarh 2,300
  Himachal Pradesh 1,800
  West Bengal 1,700
  Jharkhand 1,500
  Chhattisgarh 900
  Tamil Nadu 800
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
41,000
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 41,000
  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  (1818-2017)
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Sikhism
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.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  India Missions Association  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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


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