Introduction / History
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.
Where are they located?
The Sikh Bhatia people live in Indian Punjab State, the original homeland of Sikhism.
What are their lives like?
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.
What are their beliefs?
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.
What are their needs?
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.
ReferencesView Bhatia (Sikh traditions) in all countries.