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Khatri - Meaning, People, Religion, Origin, Caste, Samaj, Gotra & History

Ideal Kuldevi Hinglaj Mata (Hindu), Guru Nanak Dev(Sikh), Allah (Muslim)
Meaning Khatri derived from Kshatriya, thats means 'Rule, Authority'
Religions Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam
Languages Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Kutchi, Gujarati, Sindhi
Country India, Pakistan
Populated States Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat (India), Punjab (India), Punjab (Pakistan), Sindh (Pakistan)
Region Northern India and Pakistan
Population 3.5 Million
Surnames Khatri, Kapoor, Khanna, Nanda, Thapar, Batra, Chopra (Sikh), Bedi (Sikh), Bhalla (Sikh), Sodhi (Sikh)
Festivals Hindu, Sikh, Muslim Festivals

Who are Khatri

The khatri are a trading and mercantile community (samaj), who originated in punjab and spread to the many states in which they now live.
There are many theories regarding their origin. one legend relates that parashurama (rama, 6th incarnation of vishnu) wanted to massacre the kshatriyas and caused every kshatriya woman to miscarry. however, some women escaped and took shelter in Brahmin (highest priestly caste) houses. the brahmin declared them to be brahmin and even ate with them in order to show parashurama that the kshatriya women were from their caste, and thus saved them. according to this story, the children born of these women became the khatri.
According to bichitra natak, said to be the autobiography of the last sikh guru, gobind singh, the bedi sub-caste of the khatris derives its lineage from kush, the son of rama.
As per historian baij nath puri, the khatris are an integral part of the old kshatriya caste. syan, h.s, says khatris considered themselves to be of pure vedic descent and thus superior to the rajputs, who like them claim the kshatriya status of the hindu varna system.

Generally, they are highly literate. they encourage both sons and daughters to study and graduate. kuldevi of khatri (hindu) is Hinglaj Mata. the khatri are 69% hindu, 22% muslim or 11% sikh by faith.

1. Hindu Khatris
The vast majority of khatris are hindu. most hindu khatris migrated to india after partition and settled in urban areas across india.

2. Sikh Khatris
All the ten sikh gurus were khatris - Guru Nanak was a bedi, guru Angad was a trehan, Guru Amar das was a bhalla, and the remainder were sodhis.
Gulaba Singh Khatri was the ruler and founder of the dallewalia misl, an 18th century state in jalandhar district.

3. Muslim Khatris
The Gujarat Sultanate (1407-1523) was a medieval muslim kingdom that was founded by Sultan Muzaffar Shah I, a tank khatri originally from southern punjab who converted to islam. he founded the ruling muzaffarid dynasty that ruled gujarat.

Popular Khatri Samaj Clans (Gotra)

Khatri Samaj Gotra List
BediBhallaBohar
DhavanGulatiKapoor
KakkarKalraKhanna
KocharKohliMahenderu
MalhotraMehraSikka
SahaiSahniSethi
TandonGhaiGhandhari
MainiPuriKiran
MehtaHandaSehgal
ChamChotraLakhi
RihanSodhiTrihan

Femous People of the Khatri Community

NameProfession / Popular
Hari Singh NalwaCommander-in-Chief of The Khalsa Army
Raja Todar MallFinance Minister of Akbar
Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad BahadurPrime Minister of Hyderabad State
Captain Vikram BatraParam Vir Chakra Awardee
Guru Nanak Dev JiFounder of Sikhism
Guru Angad DevSikh Guru
Guru Gobind SinghLast Sikh Guru
Sultan Muzaffar Shah IFounder of The Gujarat Sultanate
General Pran Nath Thapar 4th Chief of Army Staff of The Indian Army
Air Marshal Om Prakash MehraChief of Staff of The Indian Air Force
Sukhdev ThapparIndian Freedom Fighter
Mohan Singh OberoiFounder of the The Oberoi Group
Om Prakash MunjalFounder of Hero MotoCorp
Dev AnandIndian Actor
Prithviraj KapoorIndian Actor
Raj KapoorIndian Actor
Rajesh KhannaIndian Actor
Gulzarilal NandaActing Prime Minister of India
Inder Kumar Gujra12th Prime Minister of India
Dr. Manmohan Singh13th Prime Minister of India

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ques 1. Who is known as Khatri?
Ans.: The khatri are a trading and mercantile community (samaj), who originated in punjab and spread to the many states in which they now live. Generally, they are highly literate.

Ques 2. What does the surname Khatri mean?
Ans.: People from Khatri community. but Khatri community is also used others surnames like Thapar, Batra, Chopra (Sikh), Bedi (Sikh), Bhalla (Sikh), Sodhi (Sikh).

Ques 3.: Is Khatri high caste?
Ans.: Khatri are considered as upper caste and not included in the lower caste according to indian caste reservation. khatri mostly belong to Business community.

Ques 4. What is last name for Khatri?
Ans.: Last name for Khatri are Khatri, Kapoor, Khanna, Nanda, Thapar, Batra, Chopra (Sikh), Bedi (Sikh), Bhalla (Sikh), Sodhi (Sikh).

Ques 5. In which state Khatri population is more?
Ans.: The Khatri population are found in Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat (India), Punjab as well Punjab (Pakistan), Sindh (Pakistan).

Ques 6. What is the population of Khatri?
Ans.: Most of Khatri community live in Northern India and Pakistan. total population of Khatri is 3.5 Million approximately.

Ques 7. what is the meaning of Khatri?
Ans.: Khatri derived from Kshatriya, thats means 'Rule, Authority'.

Ques 8. Who are famous Khatri?
Ans.: List of Famous Personalities of Khatri community.
Hari Singh Nalwa - Commander-in-Chief of The Khalsa Army
Raja Todar Mall - Finance Minister of Akbar
Captain Vikram Batra - Param Vir Chakra Awardee
Guru Nanak Dev Ji - Founder of Sikhism
Guru Angad Dev - Sikh Guru
Guru Gobind Singh - Last Sikh Guru
Sultan Muzaffar Shah I - Founder of The Gujarat Sultanate
Sukhdev Thappar - Indian Freedom Fighter.

Ques 9. Are Khatris Brahmins?
Ans.: Khatri is business community. Khatri is the Apabhramsa form of Kshatriya. Generally, they are highly literate. they encourage both sons and daughters to study and graduate. kuldevi of khatri (hindu) is Hinglaj Mata. the khatri are 69% hindu, 22% muslim or 11% sikh by faith.


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