Bhatia is an Indian caste found in Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. The vast majority of them are Hindus. A small group converted to Islam. An even smaller group became Sikhs. Most of the Pakistani Sikhs moved to India in the Partition of 1947.
Bhatia people of India were traditionally soldiers and army officers in northern India. Now they work mainly in business and trade. The Bhatia claim that 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.
The primary language of the Sikh Bhatia is Hindi. As educated Indians, they also speak English and regional languages. Many Christian resources are available in Hindi.
The Sikh Bhatia people live in Indian Punjab State, the original homeland of Sikhism.
The Sikhs are among the most prosperous and educated people in the nation of India. The Sikh Mali generally marry within their community although they also find spouses among other Sikh peoples of similar castes. The Sikhs encourage both their sons and daughters to obtain college educations.
Bhatia people are successful in trade and commerce. They often own and manage textile, cotton, steel, iron, transportation and mining companies. They have business contacts with Sikhs all over the world. Some Sikh Mali still join the military. They are known are highly disciplined and motivated soldiers.
Though most Bhatia people are Hindus, a small number practice either Islam or Sikhism. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. 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.
The Sikh Bhatia need to see that all their good works and rituals will not get them right with the one, true God. Wealth and pride are frequently hindrances in coming to Christ. The Lord must humble them to see their need of the Savior.
Pray for workers to go to the Sikh Bhatia people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for networks of believing Bhatia families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Sikh Bhatia people with His presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Bhatia people.
Scripture Prayers for the Bhatia (Sikh traditions) in India.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Bhatia (Sikh traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Bhatia (Sikh traditions)|
|Population this Country||800|
|Population all Countries||800|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||भाटिया (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Districts||Interactive map, listing and data download|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Eastern (800 speakers)|
|Language Code||pan Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Recorded oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Eyes of the Heart|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus video|
|Film / Video||God's Story video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video|
|Film / Video||Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children|
|Film / Video||Who Can Help You?|
|General||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Primary Religion:||Other / Small|