Bhatia (Hindu traditions) in India

The Bhatia (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Bhatia is a group of people, and a caste found in Punjab, Rajasthan, Sindh, and Gujarat.

Bhatia people of India were warriors in their history; now they work mainly in commerce and trade. They say they are descendants of Kshatriya or Rajputs. During the sixth century, Raja Bhoopat ruled in Lahore and his dynasty was called the Bhati or Bhatti dynasty from which the Bhatia name originated.


Where Are they Located?

They live mainly in Punjab and Delhi and many have gone to other countries.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bhatia, main groups are Jats, Punjabi, Halai, Jakhar, Navgam, Kutchi and Veha. They are called by their group name, for example Punjabi Bhatias. They have formed groups or clans. They have different dress styles depending on where they live.

Bhatia people are successful in trade, commerce in textiles, cotton, steel, iron, shipping and mining.

They cremate their dead and the ashes are immersed in the River Ganges, which is regarded as holy. Infants to the age of five years old are buried and there is a death pollution period, usually for twelve days, ending with a feast. Widows may not remarry.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bhatia people are primarily Hindu and worship Hindu gods. They also worship family, ancestors, and village gods. They follow a Hindu sect called Pushtimarg. They celebrate Hindu festivals, and a New Year festival called Makar Sankranti, exchanging sesame seeds combined with jaggery (unrefined sugar).

Some Bhatias are Sikhs and Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

Adequate visual, audio, and video Christian resources are available in he Hindi language, but Bhatia are still an unreached people group.

The most important need is for Bhatia people, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh to understand that their good works and worship of false gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and thatAlmighty Creator God has made provision for them.


Prayer Points

Pray that Bhatia people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ.
Pray for justice and righteousness to reign in government in India.
Pray that intercessors worldwide will pray for salvation of Bhatia people in India.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhatia (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-24
People Name General Bhatia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhatia (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 277,000
Population all Countries 277,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Banian; Bhatiya; Chandravanshi; Chandravansi; Jaduvanshi; Jaduvanshi Yaduvansi; Krishnavanshi; Krishnavansi; Kshatriya Yaduvanshi; Vishnuvansi; भाटिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16441
ROP3 Code 111594
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 14
Largest States
Haryana
116,000
Delhi
76,000
Gujarat
22,000
Himachal Pradesh
21,000
Maharashtra
19,000
Punjab
7,500
Rajasthan
7,100
Uttar Pradesh
2,100
West Bengal
2,000
Karnataka
1,100
Chandigarh
900
Goa
600
Daman and Diu
90
Dadra and Nagar Have
50
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 14
  Haryana 116,000
  Delhi 76,000
  Gujarat 22,000
  Himachal Pradesh 21,000
  Maharashtra 19,000
  Punjab 7,500
  Rajasthan 7,100
  Uttar Pradesh 2,100
  West Bengal 2,000
  Karnataka 1,100
  Chandigarh 900
  Goa 600
  Daman and Diu 90
  Dadra and Nagar Have 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (144,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Eastern
31,000
Gujarati
19,000
Haryanvi
11,000
Sindhi
4,400
Marathi
4,400
Kangri
3,800
Mandeali
2,800
Marwari
2,300
Mewari
1,400
Pahari, Mahasu
1,300
Bengali
1,300
Bilaspuri
1,300
Konkani
1,000
Bagri
1,000
Dhundari
500
Primary Language Hindi (144,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Eastern 31,000
  Gujarati 19,000
  Haryanvi 11,000
  Sindhi 4,400
  Marathi 4,400
  Kangri 3,800
  Mandeali 2,800
  Marwari 2,300
  Mewari 1,400
  Pahari, Mahasu 1,300
  Bengali 1,300
  Bilaspuri 1,300
  Konkani 1,000
  Bagri 1,000
  Dhundari 500
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more