Sekhri

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Sekhris
Classification Indo-Scythians
Religions Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam
Languages Punjabi and Hindi
Populated States Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab (Pakistan) and other parts of Northern India
Subdivisions Punjabi

Sekhri is a well known Khatri (From Sanskrit क्षत्रिय Kshatriya) clan in India. Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, was born into a khatri family. His son, Sri Chand, was the founder of the Udasi order, which is the oldest of the existing Sikh orders.

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Khatri is a community that originated in the Pothwar plateau (Rawalpindi division) and surrounding regions of Punjab, Pakistan. When Pakistan and India gained independence, most of the Khatris in what became Pakistan migrated to India. Today Khatris live in all regions of India, but are concentrated in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. While most Khatris are Hindu, some are also Sikh and a few belong to the Jain faith. Khatris of all these faiths collectively form one community. In modern times, the Khatri play a dominant role in the Indian economy, serving as businessmen, civil and government administrators, landlords, and military officials. They are by far the most educated group in Punjab.

The Kuldevi of Sekhri parivar is situated at Village Talwan, under tehsil Nurmahal of District Jalandhar, Punjab (India) and is popularly known as "Sati Mata". The joint family function (Bhandara) of sekhri family is now regularly celebrated in the end of Oct./beginning of Nov. around Deepawali Festival at Talwan every year.

Community function (Bhandara) is proposed to be held on 17th Nov., 2013 for the year 2013 at Talwan.

It is to add here that when a new male baby is born or a son is married, the families gather at this place before their kuldevi on the full moon day after the male boy has become 40 days or above/after the marriage of their son to get the blessings of SATI MATA and perform the rituals as defined in their family rites.

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