Chhetri in India


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

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Jarra 45,000
Khatri 36,000
Matvali (Pawai) 4,100

Introduction / History

The name Chettri is based on the word warrior. At one time they migrated to India from Nepal, though many still live in Nepal. The Chettri of Uttar Pradesh speak Nepali and Hindi. Many live in Dehradun. In Sikkim they speak Nepali and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Cultivation, agricultural laboring and office work are their main occupations. While the younger ones are educated, the older ones among them have a low literacy level so the gospel message will need to be given in oral form to reach the elders. They allow for divorce and the bereaved can remarry. Upon the death of the father the sons and unmarried daughters get the property with the oldest son becoming the new family head.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chettri 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chettri people need to experience life to the full, and only Jesus Christ can offer them that.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will help the Chettri community to begin their own disciple making movement. Pray for spiritual discernment and openness to the ways of Jesus. Pray for workers to go and intercessors to pray without ceasing.


Scripture Prayers for the Chhetri in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

The Waiting World - The Nepali
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People Name General Chhetri
People Name in Country Chhetri
Pronunciation KSHEH-tree
Population this Country 291,000
Population all Countries 5,277,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Chheepi; Chhettri; Kshetri; च्छेत्री
People ID 16589
ROP3 Code 111785
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 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Assam
231,000
Uttarakhand
18,000
West Bengal
17,000
Delhi
9,400
Sikkim
3,200
Arunachal Pradesh
2,400
Uttar Pradesh
1,900
Manipur
1,700
Himachal Pradesh
1,500
Nagaland
900
Madhya Pradesh
900
Meghalaya
800
Maharashtra
800
Mizoram
500
Jharkhand
200
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 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Assam 231,000
  Uttarakhand 18,000
  West Bengal 17,000
  Delhi 9,400
  Sikkim 3,200
  Arunachal Pradesh 2,400
  Uttar Pradesh 1,900
  Manipur 1,700
  Himachal Pradesh 1,500
  Nagaland 900
  Madhya Pradesh 900
  Meghalaya 800
  Maharashtra 800
  Mizoram 500
  Jharkhand 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (217,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Hindi
11,000
Assamese
9,100
Bengali
7,800
Kumaoni
1,600
Newar: Newar
600
Byangsi
600
Garhwali
400
Chaudangsi
400
Rawat
400
Darmiya
100
Primary Language Nepali (217,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 11,000
  Assamese 9,100
  Bengali 7,800
  Kumaoni 1,600
  Newar: Newar 600
  Byangsi 600
  Garhwali 400
  Chaudangsi 400
  Rawat 400
  Darmiya 100
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2012)
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 Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Nepali
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.66 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.22 %
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 Steve Evans - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source The Waiting World
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more