There are over 2.2 million Khatri (Hindu) who predominantly live in North-Central India. The Khatri claim to be descendants of the Rajput. The Rajput is the second highest class of warriors within the caste system. The Khatri work in a variety of professions many are traders and merchants while others are financiers or money lenders. The Khatri enjoy singing and sharing their folk songs and believe in monogamy. The Khatri are primarily Hindu. The Khatri Hindus are devoted to the worship of the Hindu gods. Khatri in Maharashtra worship regional gods in addition to the Hindu pantheon. The Brahmin priests play an important role in the religious rituals of the Khatri such as birth, marriage, and death. In addition to Hindu worship, they also worship their ancestors.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Global Teen Challenge is committed to sharing the truth of the gospel by offering help for life-controlling issues such as drugs and alcohol. In Delhi, at one of the Global Teen Challenge centers, a woman named Sungita came poor and in need of help. They welcomed her and provided her sewing classes. Through sewing, she is able to earn an income and restore her dignity.
The Khatri are one of the largest people groups in Delhi. Pray for Khatri men and women who have lost jobs, homes, family, and are in need of help and restoration.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The national church has set the goal of planting 25,000 new churches. Live Dead, partners with these national church members and leaders to plant and train. The number of Khatri believers is unknown. Pray that these church planting efforts may reach the Khatri.
To continue the conversation and join in reaching the Khatri in India visit Eurasia Community.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for urgency in Christian communities around the world to send ministers to share the gospel with the Khatri.
- Pray for organizations like Global Teen Challenge as they provide healing and restoration to the Khatri in Delhi.
- Pray for believers in India, that God will provide opportunities to witness to Khatri neighbors and friends.