Khatri

Who are they?

The Khatri are a trading and mercantile community, who originated in Punjab and spread to the many states in which they now live. Numbering around 2.5 million, they live in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh. In all, they are distributed in over 132 districts in the country and have 241 segments.

The Khatri claim to be Rajput: the second highest class of warriors in the fourfold Hindu caste system. They believe that their name is a corrupt derivation of the Sanskrit word Kshatriya, which is a synonym of Rajput. During the British rule of the 19th century, the Khatri virtually had a monopoly over trade in Punjab and neighbouring Afghanistan. There is no doubt that the Khatri is an influential community of northwestern India; one that has emerged as one of the most progressive and dynamic in recent years. Before India’s independence and resultant partition in 1947 the Khatri were settled mainly in the western part of pre-partition Punjab (now in Pakistan) and shortly after began migrating to India.

Origin

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.

Language

The language spoken by the Khatri people varies from state to state. In Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, the Indo-Aryan language, Punjabi, is their first language and the Gurumukhi script is used to write it. However, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, they also speak Dogri and Bhadrawahi. Hindi is the primary language in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and it is written in the Devanagari script. They speak Maithili in Bihar, Mewari or Marwari in Rajasthan, Pahari in Himachal Pradesh and Kacchi in Gujarat. Most Khatri are also fluent in Hindi language and many educated Khatri speak English.

What are their lives like?

The Khatri are businessmen, traders, professional moneylenders and financiers. Their business pursuits range from owning and operating village shops to being major wholesale traders and industrialists. However, there are also some who practice agriculture and rear animals. Many are contractors and transporters, while a few are employed in government and private sectors. The Khatri of Gujarat are known for their cloth which they print and dye as well as the specialized art of bandhini (tying and dyeing fabrics), while in Maharashtra they are the traditional weavers of silk saris, especially the famous paithani saris.

The Khatri are also engineers, doctors, scientists, army, police, administrators, politicians and creative artists. Generally, they are highly literate. They encourage both sons and daughters to study and graduate.

The Khatri use modern medicine as well as indigenous medicines. They practice family planning. Official development programs have brought numerous opportunities to them and they make full use of the schemes offered relating to subsidized loans and irrigation facilities; and made optimum use of the Public Distribution System and national banks for personal savings and obtaining loans for commercial purposes.

Customs

This is an endogamous community – that is they do not marry outside their group. However they do marry between clans, and often, villages. The clan names are also often used as surnames. In Punjab (where they are largely concentrated in the districts of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, and Patiala), the Khatri have four subgroups, namely, Bahri, Bunjahi, Sariu and Khokhrar, which are further divided into a large number of clans.

In Haryana, large numbers live in the districts of Hissar, Ambala, Rohtak, Faridabad, and Yamunanagar, and have subgroups or sub castes like Bunjahi, Sarin, and Bahri Khokhrar, divided into clans. There are two main subgroups in Delhi – the Purbia, (eastern) and Pachhadha (western), who are divided into clans such as Mehra, Kapoor, Mehrotra, Khanna, Tandon and Seth. In the hill state of Himachal Pradesh their subgroups are Bari, Bunjahi and Sarin, of which the first and second have twelve sections each and the third has one hundred and fifty-two sections. Some clans here are Chaddha, Sethi, Ratwan, Chopra, Kaure, Mehta, Mehra, Verma, Jagota and Vaidya, which are also surnames.

The Khatri of Uttar Pradesh are divided into subgroups like Kakkar, Kapoor, Khanna, Lahauri, Seth and Tandon, as well as clans like Bhalla, Bhasin, Mehra, Mehrotra, Bedi and Sodhi. The Khatri of Bihar have six subgroups, namely the Charjati , Panchjati, Chhajati, Barajati, Bahannajati, while those of Rajasthan have two subgroups divided into eighty-four gotras such as Dodecha, Gaba, Saghia, Morgoja, Morbani, Kangra, Bagecha and Sada.

Marriages are arranged through negotiation between elders and parents. Adult marriages are preferred today. There are no symbols of marriage among the Sikh Khatri women, but among those who are Hindu, married women wear (sindur) the vermilion mark, glass bangles, a coloured dot on the forehead known as bindi, toe-rings and finger rings. Monogamy has been and remains the rule among them. Dowry is common among this community, given in both cash and kind.

Both Hindu and Sikh Khatri discourage divorce, but it is allowed in extreme cases of maladjustment or barrenness. Remarriage of widows, widowers, and divorcees is allowed. However, in states like Bihar widow remarriage is forbidden. Junior sororate prevails. Traditional extended families are found among the community, although they are becoming less common as young couples increasingly choose to set up new homes apart from the parents and in-laws. Only the sons inherit ancestral property. It is divided equally but the eldest son inherits the late father’s authority as head of the family. Daughters, traditionally, receive no share of the estate.

Khatri women care for their homes and do housework. They are given a specific role in the ritual, religious and social spheres of family and community life. In many cases, especially in urban settings, they also participate in economic activities and contribute to the family finances. They are proficient in embroidery and knitting. The Khatri have oral traditions in the form of folksongs and folklore. In Punjab and Haryana folksongs such as Ghori and Mahia are sung at the time of marriage. Dances such as the bhangra are performed by men and gidda, by women) at celebrations. Traditional musical instruments include the harmonium, chimta (tongs), dhol (drum), daphli (tambourine) and bansuri (flute).

The Khatri have informal councils headed by the elders who deal with issues relating to marriage, divorce and property. There are other organized societies for the welfare of the community like the All India Khatri Mahasabha in Uttar Pradesh.

What are their beliefs?

The Khatri are 69 % Hindu, 22 % Muslim or 11 % Sikh by faith and strictly adhere to the tenets of their respective religions. Some belong to the egalitarian Arya Samaj and the Guru-centric Radhasoami and Nirankari sects. Sikh Khatri hold the ten Gurus of their religion in high esteem. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, as well as Guru Govind Singh, the tenth guru was a Khatri. The Muslims among the Khatri live mainly in Gujarat and adhere to the tenets of the Islamic faith, and belong to the dominant Sunni sect.

The Hindus of this community devotedly worship all the deities of the Hindu pantheon. In addition, the Khatri of Maharashtra also worships a communal deity and a regional goddess. Sitala Mata (goddess of small pox) and Shrinathji are regional deities of the Khatri of Rajasthan.

Brahmin priests perform all rituals relating to births, marriages and deaths for the Hindu Khatri, while the granthi (Sikh priest) do so for the Sikh Khatri. The dead are cremated and the ashes immersed in a river, preferably the sacred Ganges River at Haridwar and a thirteen-day period of death pollution is observed. However, infants and young children are buried. Ancestor worship prevails among the Hindu Khatri. All major festivals and fairs are the same as those observed by other Hindu and Sikh. Muslims observe Id, Bara Wafat (Prophet Mohammed’s birthday) and others.

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  1. Hi,
    I endorse Ruchika’s point. Khatri’s were also settled in Sindh. In Upper Sindh, Khatri’s may have directly migrated from Punjab, while lower Sindh was inhabitated by Khatri’s from Rajisthan. Khatri’s have been living in Sindh since long time and spoke Sindhi language. Tando Allahyar (Near Hyderabad) was famous for largest population of Khatri tradesman in pre-partition days, while many Khatri families lived in Shikarpur, Sukkur, and Larkana, besides small towns in upper as well as lower Sindh (Thatta, Badin, Umerkot, Mithi). Most of the Sindhi speaking Khatri’s migrated to India during or after partition. However, there are a few families (about 400) still live in lower Sindh, mostly Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparkar, and Sanghar districts. They are of Rajisthani origin and speak Thari/Dhatki (Sindhi+Marwari) language. Only a few (less than 50) families of Sindhi speaking Khatri’s live in Shikarpur, Hala, and Thatta. The Khatri’s in Shikarpur, Hala and Thatta had inter-marriages with other Sindhi speaking Hindus (who are called Lohana / Bania and are traders by profession), while those in other districts still maintain their intra-clan marriages. Khatri’s of Halla and Thatta have recently had intermairrages with Dhatki speaking Khatris.

  2. khatri population in india is around one crore fifty lacs they live mainly in delhi,punjab,himachal,haryana,uttranchal,uttarpardesh,rajasthan,madhyapardesh,chattisgarh,ranchi,mumbai& many more cities

  3. If Khatris were not rulers as Kshatriya, they why have most of Punjab’s governors of provinces been Khatris. Look at the Dewans (governor) of the Mughal period, they were all Khatris. Look at the kings of the major Empires. Look at Ranjit Singh’s highest ranking military officials, they were Khatris. several army generals or small princes in North India have been Khatris. For example, General Hari Singh Nalwa in Mahraja Ranjit Singh’s army who had conquered lands across the River Sindh, was a Khatri. Dewan Mool Raj, the Governor of Multan Province, was a Chopra Khatri. The Rajas of Ludhiana area, Jalandhar, Burdwan in Bengal were Kapoor Khatris and so on (These are just a few examples) In modern times, Khatris have largely become an urban community living mostly in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of North India.

    Look at ALL the Gurus…….they were all Khatris. Guru Gobind Singh, the greatest warrior of our land, what was that Anonymous……….why yes, he was a Khatri too….hahaha. Where do you think the basis for the Sikh religion formed??? It formed from the upbringings and teachings of Khatri people that is why the religion is full of honor and valor, and prestige. It is because the Sikh faith defends its beliefs first with the mind, and then with the body. Jatts are another group of people I have respect for because they have unity and pride in their people.

    Oh, for the other readers who were interested in knowing about Khatri last names and their origins,…….not for you Anonymous cuz your a pu$$y shiit who can’t even give himself a name on this board.

    NOTE: This information was provided to me from older generations such as my father and other people in the community, done with my own research….

    Kshatriya tribes and gotras:

    Suryavansi: (Raghava or Raghuvans): Kachwaha, Haiwaha, Rathor, Balla, Tomar, Senghar, Gaur, Sarin

    Chandravansi (Yadava or Yaduvans): Jadon, Bharra, Dahia, Sammad, Jethwa, Silahar, Chavada

    Agnivansi: Pramara, Parihara, Chalukya, Chauhan, Jhalla, Scindia, Dora

    Nagavansi : Tank, Meir, Bais, Bhatti, Dabhi, Anwan, Khukrain

    Govansi (or Bhumivansi): Bhandari, Gurjara, Bhalla, Kushi, Nair, Bhonsla, Katoch

    Apavansi (or sagarvansi): Kapur, Wahi, Wadhva, Duggal, Kochar, Dhawan, Mehra

    Vayuvansi: Khanna, Tandon, Kakar, Chopra, Sami, Sahni, Uppal, Chadha

    The Suryavamsha as well as the Somavamsha originated from the common ancestor, the great Brahma. His sons were : Marichi ;his son sage Kashyap; his son Vivaswan or Surya i.e. Sun, and the descendants vamsha was Suryavamsha, the other son of Brahma was Atri.and his sons were Sagar or samundar i.e. sea (from which the apavansi or sagarvansi sprang and Sagar’s son was Soma or Chandra, and his descendants were the Somavansa. From his own body, Brahma created Svayamabhuva Manu, a male and Shatarupa, a female. Humans descended from Manu and so are known as manava. And subsequently from them appeared the Prachetas. They created wind (vayu) and fire (agni) from their mouths, whence we have the Vayuvansi and Agnivansi clans.
    The earth is said to have derived its name from Prithu, the 6th king of the line of Vaisasvata. From this we have the Bhumi- or Govansi. Manu eldest son of Iksvaku, king of Kosaldesa (Ayodhia). A few generations later came Masndhatri, in whose line the 31st king was Harishchandra, wellknown to live for truih. Raja Sagar of the same clan performed the ashvamedha yajna (from him we have the Apavansi ). and his great grandson bhagirath is reputed to have brought ganga on earth by virtue of his penances.

    Like all other castes in India, Khatris are also divided into many sub-groups. On the top are dhai-gharas or those belonging to the two and a half houses. These are the four castes of Kapurs, Mehras (or Malhotras), Seth and Khannas. These are then followed by Bahris or the twelvers e.g. Tandons, Chopras, Wahis, Gadheoks, etc. Then there is the large mixed group of Bhunjais or fifty-twoers; which includes almost all the remaining Khatris ; Wigs come in this group. There are also special sub-groups of Khatris called Khukhrains and Sarins/Sareens, which do not fall into all of the above groups. Khukharain Khatris include names like Anand, Chadha, Kohli, Sethi etc. Of course the most famous Khatri of all times is Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539) who was a Bedi Khatri. All the following nine Gurus were Khatris with sub-castes like Trehan, Bhalla and Sodhi, etc.

    And just so you guys don’t get confused with Khatri last names with Arora last names……..

    SOME KHATRI GOTRAs:

    KUSHAL VADHERA KAPOOR KHANNA MALHOTRA CHADHA BHASIN SETHI SAHNI KOHLI SABHARWAL ANAND CHOPRA SURI DHAWAN SONI BAHRI MEHRA BHALLA SEHGAL MARWAHA NANDA PURI BEHL MARIA CHATRATH JAIRATH JALOTA DHIR DUGGAL BHAKOO KAPAHI KHULLAR LAMBA LOOMBA KUNDRA KUMRA MAHINDRU THAPAR TANDON UMMAT SARIN MAINI SHAHI NAVAL UPPAL KHOSLA NAYYAR JULKA MEHTA WADHAWAN DHAND DHALL GAIND ABBI SEKHRI SALHOTRA GANDOTRA KOCHHAR BADHWAR SALDHI BEDI SONDHI SODHI VOHRA MAHANA CHANANA CHITKARA PALTA CHODHA WAHI GHAI SOBTI MAINGI TANGRI OHRI RATRA ALAGH WIG VIJ CHHATWAL OBEROI KAURA ZUTSHI SETH BASSI PASSI BHAMBRI BATTA BAWA TREHAN SANAN LEKHI BINDRA TALWAR BANDHOLA BABUTA GERA SOFAT HANDA TULI BHANDRI JETHI VINAYAK TAKYAR KATYAL SAYAL ABROL KHER KAKKAR johar saggar BERRI MAKAN KAK SIKKA PANDHI ANCHAL(ANSAL) HITKARI SARNA SARPAL SABLOK NALWA MAJITHIA KANDHARI MALHAN SIBBAL KAILA THAMAN GHURA SHANGARI SOI

    ARORA GOTRAs:
    ALL ENDS WITH SUFFIX EJA eg taneja dhamija
    ends with suffix ANI eg LAKHANI CHOUTANI, KAPANI
    OTHERS ARORA SUR NAMES R
    GROVER BANGA KUMAR KHURANA KAMRA NAKRA BATRA SAPRA NAGPAL GULATI KWATRA SACHAR WADHWA BAJAJ KALRA CHAWLA JAWA LAL JHAMB CHHABRA KHATTAR MUNJAL LOHIA KHARBANDA GHIRDAR MANCHANDA DHINGRA MONGA GUJRAL MIDHA CHANDNA NARANG MALIK MAKKAR GULATI SIKRI CHUGH BAGGA KATHURIA dang narula GAMBIR SACHDEVA GOGIA MONGIA GILHOTRA JHANG KUKAR THUKRAL LUTHRA SETIA MANOCHA CHANDOK MADHOK MITRA DUA PRUTHI BATHLA SARDANA POPLI POPAT BUDHIRAJA DAVAR MEHENDIRATTA TAKKAR RAJPAL KATARIA PAHWA SAI NANGIA DHAKA CHHOKRA

    soods,BHATIAS AHLUWALIAS ARORAS KHAIRAS R NOT KHATRIS, they are Baniya type people along with GARG, GOYAL, GOEL.

    A lot of Baniya, Arora, Tarkhan, Ramgharia, etc. etc. try to claim to be of Khatri (Kshatriya) descent, but they are not.

  4. How about “KOCHAR”? I found some references suggesting them to be khatris however some people contested that and said they are aroras. Can some shed some light on this particular gotra?

  5. we khatri’s living in kanchipuram with ending name of “sah” not only in kanchipuram of tamil nadu my relatives are in chennai, bangalore and hydrabad.My ancestors from bangalore came and settled in kanchipuram and so we are known as “bangalorewala” in kanchipuram we have khatri samaj under which we have a panduranga swami temple and khatri matric hr sec school.mmost of our khatri members are involved in silk buisness in kanchipuram.Not only in kanchipuram our khatri people are allover north tamil nadu.Dont think that our people are only in North India we are also in tamil nadu

  6. I saw in some websites that rana are khatris and also sikh jats. Let me tell you that rana are pure rajputs(kshatriya). They are not khatris.

  7. I MUST THANK YOU FOR THE IN DEPTH INFORMATION. BUT COULD YOU PLEASE RE-CHECK ABOUT “MADHOK” ? AS I COSIDERED IT AS KHATRI CASTE AND NOT AS ARORA.

  8. can u tell me about ansal,r they khatris or somebody others ,is it sur name or only gotras

    can u tell me something about ansal,r they khatri or somebody else
    is ansal a surname or a caste or gotra

  9. Guru gohbind singh ji once clamed to be kjhatri when a brahim asked him what religion he is- he said – Mah koi bhram da putt nai-= mah khatri guru teg bhadur da putt”

    Khatris are very intelligent people and this is shown througout sikh history- jatt people became sikh around the time of banda singh bhadur-

    jatts and khatris need to re unite to make the khalsa raj -

    • Anand comes under khatri’s they are not Suryavanshi
      Refer “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suryavanshi”

  10. i m belong to chawla caste, but i dont know the gotra of this caste or place of that gotra, if anybody know then plz help, provide relevant information.

  11. में मारवाड़ी खत्री हूँ, जैसलमेर राजस्थान का निवासी हूँ।
    और मेरी गौत्र “किरी” है।
    में आपको ये बताना चाहूँगा के आपने अपने इस लेख में
    मारवाड़ी खत्री का कही भी कोई वर्णन नहीं किया है।
    और जहाँ तक मुझे याद ह तो हमने यहाँ हमारे बुजुर्गो
    से यही सूना है के ,खत्री एक बहोत बड़ी community है,
    जो कइ क्षेत्रीय आधार पर भी बटी हुई है।
    जैसे मारवाड़ी खत्री
    पंजाबी खत्री
    सिन्धी खत्री
    गुजराती खत्री etc…………
    और हम मारवाड़ी खत्री में कुछ गौत्र इस तरह से है
    किरी, दड़ा ,बिछड़ा, भुत, दलोरा, वारेड, छूंछा, खाखुपोतरा,
    धनदे etc……….

    अतः मेरा आपसे निवेदन है की आप अपने इस वर्णन म पुर्ण खत्री समाज
    की जानकारी उपलब्ध करावे

  12. hi,
    my question is could u brief me abt “Dheer’s”…
    We are a family from descent of Baluchistan -migrated all over north and finally settled in Bihar …

  13. I belong to punjabi khatri Mahendroo family (also spelled as mahindru, or maindru), and have Dheer relatives; Dheer is a very much punjabi khatri caste.

  14. is any body know about badwhar khatri please give me all impronation like badwhar gotra ,kuldevi thanks

  15. In recent days I have been researching information about kshetris and Khatri. I am from Nepal with surname Niroula. We are chhetris (Kshatriya) in Nepal. We, in our community are called Khatri (meaning Khaseko chhetri- which means a slightly impure chhetri). Of course cheetri in Nepal is ruler including kings and Rana dynasty and population is huge. I see Bhandari as Khatri; Bhandari in Nepal can be a Brahmin and a Chhetri (Khsyatria). Its interesting that we are so close, and I think people in Nepal moved from Khatri land of India.

    • I revisited this website after long time and saw a great discussion on who is Khatri and who is not. In fact, I don’t think it makes any difference who is who with respect to his genes, what matters is what good he is doing for the society. Anyway, my two cents for taking interest in one’s origin!
      We cannot guess much based on surname. In different regions, surnames may communicate different information. For example, in Sindh, there is a trend in Hindus to call their name behind their grandfather or great grandfather by adding .. aani to his name. Like Advani, Asnani, etc. In some cases this surname lasts until 4-5 generation, and for some it changes after 3 generation as the household grows or separates. Sometimes, people from different castes may have similar surname just because their ancestor had similar name. Also, surnames diversify as the population of a clan or caste grows. For examples, Hindu Khatri’s in Pakistan usually use Khatri as surname because they are in extreme minority even among Hindus. Their relatives in India Rajisthan use their “Nukh or Gotar” as surname, while pre-partition. Sindhi Hindu Khatri’s used their great grandfather names as surnames. Also, the neighborhood/village/town/city is also used as surname, as in case of Arora. Hence, it is up to themselves to call them whatever cast they belong to and it’s not as simple as it looks to identify someone’s origin through current surname.
      What I would like to add here is that the story we heard from our forefathers about their origin is related to Parashuram and fleeing kshatryas taking refuge with Dadheech rishi (a brahman) who brings them to Hinglaj Devi (in Baluchistan, Pakistan) to save them from Parashuram. There, they also marry with rishi-kumari’s and have Brahmkshatrya offspring that are later referred as Brahm Khatri, or simply Khatri who take three trades, i.e. goldsmith, carpenter, and cloth dyer. Another story mentions Khatri’s being Soomras (Sindhi rulers, who were probably hindus) who fled after Alauddin occupation along with their women and later remained hidden doing different occupations mentioned above. Based on this, I guess Khatri’s may have had different reasons (predominantly a defeat at the hands of a powerful enemies) to quit their military related profession and hide under disguise of a different occupation ranging from trade to arts and crafts.

      • I saw this blog by accident & read the interesting comments , being research
        Student of Indian history , these are my 2 cents :
        Khatri are one of the Varun Shankar communities of India along
        with Kayastha , Nishad .. There origin is due to cross of upper & lower
        Caste and given the name Khatri – people who are neither KSHATRIYA nor Vaish ( Bania).
        Khatri don’t have any martial history & there were no Khatri kings in India. They are purely
        Mercantile community , except few Sikh Khatris who took Army as profession
        But only 11% Khatris are Sikhs & predominantly Hindu by religon .
        Arora are another mercantile community originating from Sindh who migrated to multan & some areas of Punjab when Mahmud Ghajnavi forces finally defeated then Sindh ruler Raja Idris ( Brahmin king from Rajasthan & Sindh) , since Khatri & Arora both were mercantile communities still the Khatris from punjab would not marry into Arora considering them as lower to them by caste / status being from other state . Aror is a place in Sindh even today.
        Though Khatris like Saraswat Brahmins ( mainly from punjab & Kashmir) are part of classic Indo Aryan society which were settled around the banks of river saraswati in punjab & migrated to other parts of India. Jatt or Jatts are originally from Rajasthan & migrated after Rajputs into other areas in north , being farmers as Rajput would not allow Jats to use title Singh meant only for KSHATRIYA Rajputs & not allow jats to have military trainings , still in Rahasthan Bhatti Rajputs are one of the biggest communities & on regular basis clashes take place between Rajputs & Jaats. Rajput in Himachal are one of the branch of Rajputs who migrated to upper Himachal areas from Rahasthan after getting defeated by Mughal Armies. These areas are still 12 hours away from Simla so they wanted escape the wrath of invading Mughals who wanted to wipe them out so that they don’t have any body to challenge them albeit people like Raja MAn Singh who became there employee.

  16. I revisited this website after long time and saw a great discussion on who is Khatri and who is not. In fact, I don’t think it makes any difference who is who with respect to his genes, what matters is what good he is doing for the society. Anyway, my two cents for taking interest in one’s origin!
    We cannot guess much based on surname. In different regions, surnames may communicate different information. For example, in Sindh, there is a trend in Hindus to call their name behind their grandfather or great grandfather by adding .. aani to his name. Like Advani, Asnani, etc. In some cases this surname lasts until 4-5 generation, and for some it changes after 3 generation as the household grows or separates. Sometimes, people from different castes may have similar surname just because their ancestor had similar name. Also, surnames diversify as the population of a clan or caste grows. For examples, Hindu Khatri’s in Pakistan usually use Khatri as surname because they are in extreme minority even among Hindus. Their relatives in India Rajisthan use their “Nukh or Gotar” as surname, while pre-partition. Sindhi Hindu Khatri’s used their great grandfather names as surnames. Also, the neighborhood/village/town/city is also used as surname, as in case of Arora. Hence, it is up to themselves to call them whatever cast they belong to and it’s not as simple as it looks to identify someone’s origin through current surname.
    What I would like to add here is that the story we heard from our forefathers about their origin is related to Parashuram and fleeing kshatryas taking refuge with Dadheech rishi (a brahman) who brings them to Hinglaj Devi (in Baluchistan, Pakistan) to save them from Parashuram. There, they also marry with rishi-kumari’s and have Brahmkshatrya offspring that are later referred as Brahm Khatri, or simply Khatri who take three trades, i.e. goldsmith, carpenter, and cloth dyer. Another story mentions Khatri’s being Soomras (Sindhi rulers, who were probably hindus) who fled after Alauddin occupation along with their women and later remained hidden doing different occupations mentioned above. Based on this, I guess Khatri’s may have had different reasons (predominantly a defeat at the hands of a powerful enemies) to quit their military related profession and hide under disguise of a different occupation ranging from trade to arts and crafts.

    • History and humanity don’t go hand in hand,history is always written by the winning side and hence is likely to be distorted always.What is more important then to fall back to your genealogy is current ideology which should be progressive and not regressive.
      I doubt if the current generation bothers about the caste system in matters of marriage so discussing which castes married with which others seems a little out of place.
      We as Khatris should be happy with the fact we are generally good looking intelligent,well read successful people worth emulating by others.
      We should look at examples in our scripture where the Kaurav king i.e. father of Bhishma married a fisher women so I feel marriages within the clan were not mandatory but yes genetically our scripture was very clear for reason of good health of progeny marriages within same Gotra (own cousins ) was not allowed or recommended or maintenance of 5-7 generation gap.
      I may like to add I have traveled all over India owing to my job profile and you find khatris all over sometimes with similar or same castes like I found Talwars in Karnataka and Andhra all Khatis in these states are nothing but Khatris written record is not available except for recent past ; older record is in ancient scripts not understood by most .Somebody in the blog already mentioned TN and off course Naidus as same stock . So folks don’t worry about the past live your present and achieve on your own.

  17. can anyone tell me whether Bhusari caste is among aroras or khattri community.my grandfather was resident of abohar and it is said this clan is from some village called shergarh near lahore.can any one shed some light.

  18. Thanks for giving such a vast knowledge on Khatri, it may be raw. But I feel instead of criticising each other we can contribute our caste belief here . I am Nanda, my knowledge as to my caste is that we are khatri’s and we are proud of it.

  19. I am a Brahmin and I am in love with sethi… tell me what do I tell my parents, which caste does he belong to? sethis are Kshatriyas?

  20. khatri were tailor/darzi ,cook , silk weiver/jalahe and goldsmith.some were involve in trading .basically they are खतरी |now they are not kshatriya or rajput.because rajput are also not pure kshatriyas.there is no historical evidence about khatri be of kshatriya.

  21. Hii . I’m mona bajaj.. Or mein khatri punjabi hu.. Muj apny kul devta or devi k baary mein jaannna h ki vy kon h .. Plzzzz muj cnfrm kry ki kon h ? If any onesknows …

  22. I have been searching for the Origin of Khatri’s or Arora’s. Are they Aryans or what? please enlighten?

  23. mani laroiya khatri gotra kanchanplus .main navashar ki rhnewali hu please aap mujhe batayege ki es gotr ki origin kha se hai

  24. jhooth maan badai chhode . be pious pure n in peace .love respect regard to others who shall return same with interst . everyone is enjoying good / bad the returns of his past n present karmas whether thinking speach act sanskars from parents teacher envirement of present or past . god pure bodiless can’t take gigantic shape to produce brahmans kshtriyas vaishyas as have been tought . in mankind nobody is superior or inferior , all strike together like brothers for glory n prowess ( rig ved 5:60:5 ) do you think indivisual promoting caste superiority really cares for the religion .all human beings r equal . man is seed woman is earth physicaly mentaly spiritualy suitable match certinly results shall be good .fisher woman + kshtrya shantnu = bhishama krisna sister married to arjuna s/o indra/pandu s/o biyas s/o fisher woman +parasar s/o sakti s/o vasistha s/o brahma b/o visnu n shiv (trimurti ) s/o durga + brahman s/o parbrahman /paramabrahaman the real god whose ansh is every living being /atman. brahminism has not only broken jambudvip in pieces but promoted convertions to budhism / jainism / islam / sikhism becoz of selfishness of brahminism ie brahmin man + sudra woman =brahmin biyas where as brahmin woman +sudra man =chandal kshtriya woman +sudra man = nishad- huntar -balmiki vaisishya woman +sudra man -tarkhan /goldsmith /blacksmith . dashtarth/kekai were from same gotra similarly kunti/pandu also .biyas/parasar/vasishth gotra marry among or not .you marry anywhere you like leaving 5 n 3 pidhis in parental n maternal side respectively .gotra/clan is name of area village guru of one hails . pious pure true honest staight farward loving soul shall lead peaceful life

  25. Hi
    I wanted to know about one caste which I really don’t know about this caste that is “Sewalia” please tell me in details.
    Bye

  26. There are many khatris in South India. They are the descendant of Somavamshi Sahasrarjun. They are Silk traders & weavers. The Surnames of these people are Gangji, Mengji, Damji, Namaji, Khoday, Katwe, Shalghar, Gorak, Dewan, Vishwanath, etc.

  27. pl. help me,iam in search of any khatri plateform.sameeti/organigation in bangalore.i am eager to join.my mobile no.9342026107

  28. i feel disgusted after reading this …. arnt you ppl ashamed , what rubbish are you talking about
    its nothing to do what last name uve got , its all about your “KARMA”
    Guru Gobind singh formed khalsa n abolished the cast system gave a name called SINGH & KAUR

    Jatts , khatris , aroras your just use less if you judge ppl or marry by taking into account some ones last name …

    ive never in my life cared to ask anyones last name no matter what

    you were born human, you dont have to be anything else !!!

    • Kya guru gobind singh ji ne ya unki family mein kisi ne inter caste marriage ki thi?

  29. meaningless is caste n meanigless is (caste) name the same shadow protects all beings(gg 83). what caste can do ? truthfulness is true criterion(gg 142). don’t inquire caste n birth , preach true shastra ; caste n honour determined by deeds(gg 1330). vidur sudra , impotant pandu akshtriya , dhritrashtra zero, suka brahman diciple of janaka raja/akshtriya all sons of vyas brahman s/o satyawati fisher caste female n parasar brahman. satyakama brahman s/o prostitute. kauntikeya biolgical father unknown named after mother similarly radheya on given out anga desh were akshtriya n raja. mother of vyas fisher caste satyawati lateron became rani/ grand daughter-inlaw of bharat after whose name present india was called bharat including nepal, bhtan, mayamar, banladesh, pakistan, afganistan etc n step mother of bhisham s/o santanu with whom parsuram had fought. it may not be out of mention that ganga mother of bhisham too was of same fisher caste of satyawati. caste is known by character/deeds. corrupt people created caste by birth in their childrens’ intersts like claver monkey looting share of two fighting cats over a loaf of roti n big barking dog snatching away piece of bread from poor puppies. it is simple that from color- varna/caste—varnashankar–intercastes n castes names as vyas parasar n vashist ie son/father/grand father same blood r found in all shades of colors as black, dark,brown, red n white. how son from brahman female called chandal n another son from akshtriya female called khatri can be of lower status. simple saying wealth is lost nothing lost, health is lost something is lost, however if character is lost everything is lost. deeds/character lost where is identity of indivisual. do u think anybody promotinng caste superioty does really care for religion/ huminity man n woman our father/mother created by parmatma whose ansh atman in all beings.

  30. Khatris are a ethnically diverse group of punjab some have accepted khatrization and sum went to rajasthan who were of rajput aka scythian origin n related, type scythic origin of rajput race eg of maheshwari s who have khatri as one surname are called chattris origin according to community committe. Theyr nakh ppl of scythian descent of dahae. Wr united but ethnically diverse from place to place . Somr rajput khatris of rajasthan are presrnt in greater punjab spk punjabi but khaps or surnames are rajput kin. Many are recent origin sum evn creatd in 1800 s for variety of reasons
    Neva blv the net but our samaj or commutte historians see max Mueller conspiracy
    V complicated but yes interrsting. There is rajputization for various reasons but the bulk not ol 36 royal races are doliochocephaly race. No obligation s but check max Mueller conspitacy, so called divide and rule and arya samaj hare krsna website on aryans which proves migration.tc wer united

  31. i am sourashtrian from tamilnadu our caste also known as sourashtra in tamilnadu near about 8lakh population, in madurai itself our population more than 3lakhs we were migrated from somnath and dwaraka during 11 th century all part of india particularly settled in tamilnadu more than 600 years our people silk weaving specialists we were migrated from gujrat due to md ghajni invasion actully we are khatri people from gujarat we follow brahminical system our ancestor khatri people refer in wikipedia as sourashtra we are speaking sourashtra language also called sourashtra caste we are traditionaly khatri people as per research done by research scholors from sourastra university our language mixed with gujarathi marathi sanskrit and south indian language khatri from from north india please contact sourashtra madya sabha ta madurai in tamil nadu they established enginerng colege polytechnic arts colege also higher secondary school with 12000 students modi gurarat c.m support us he attented our sourashtra meet held madurai tamilnadu by murali

  32. please mail or call at 07669199502 tell me syal caste under general cast or not

  33. hey guys stop this conversation about aroar and khatris first of all let us spread out community many of them dont know who khatris are …..?and from where this caste is came from

  34. Hi, I m a (raghvanshi)suryavanshi rajpoot and in love with a girl of your community who is a tandon of Uttar pradesh. We are descendants of lord Rama and as we are highest among kshatriya clan. So we have always married rajpoot of inferior clan… but strictly only rajpoots. I saw people are claiming that khatri are also a rajpoot. I will be highly highly obliged and happy if you can provide me real information claiming tandon of uttar pradesh as kshatriya. It will be a real help as I will be able to convince my family by facts. So please share info. Thank you

  35. Real Rajpoots who are mainly concentrated in Rajisthan and Khatris are as well the decedents of Prabhu Ram,no offend to Rajpoots but saying that Khatris are Rajpoots..feels like an attempt to dilute once identity!!there doesn’t exists any vertical relation between the two but a horizontal one.

  36. Yes,

    We are great, brave, and can lead all community and religion .

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