The Khandai or Kandayat were originally soldiers and landowners in eastern India. "Khandai" means man of the sword or landowner. When the Mughals conquered what is now Odisha, many Khandait lost their land holdings to the new rulers. They joined the Mughals' armies and regained some of the territory they had lost. During the British period, the Khandai continued to serve as military officers and soldiers. Today the Khandai are landowners who generally have lower castes farm their property. They serve in the Indian Army and in police forces. Education is a high priority in Khandai families. Khandai have gained the highest political positions in Odisha and West Bengal.
The Khandai are proud of their heritage as military leaders and landowning nobles. Pride can be an obstacle to becoming a believer. Members of the military and police forces tend to be independent, self-reliant people.
Hindu background believers can tell the Khandai about the blessings of knowing Christ as their Savior and Lord. Khandai university students studying in the west are more open to the claims of Christ than they would be in their homeland.
There are a small number of Khandait believers. Ask God to help them grow spiritually and share the good news with their brothers and sisters.
* Pray the Lord leads Hindu background believers to make friends with the Khandai and show them the love and care of Christ. * Pray the Khandai would be dissatisfied with Hinduism and open to the teachings of the Bible. * Pray God moves many Khandai to become believers and that Bible believing churches are planted in their community.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you," 1 Peter 1:3-4