Sodhi is a caste from the Punjab region, a subdivision of the Khatri caste.[1] Seven of the Sikh Gurus, from Guru Ram Das on, were Sodhis.[2]

In the Bachittar Natak, attributed to Guru Gobind Singh, Sodhis are described as linear descendants of Lava, one of the twin sons of Sita and Rama. According to the legend, some of the descendants migrated to Sanaudh, where the clan chieftain married the daughter of the king and had a son Sodhi, whose descendants ruled over the Sanaudh country.[1]

At the time of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh awarded aristocratic Sodhi patricians grants of jagirs, feudal, titular land grants and lordships bestowed upon subjected noblemen and patrons by a ruling monarch, worth 500,000 a year. Ranjit Singh lavishly patronised a descendant of Dhir Mal, Sodhi Sadhu Singh, with a gift of several villages.[3] The original copy of the Adi Granth, also known as the Kartarpuri Bir, is reported to be in the possession of the descendants of Sodhi Sadhu Singh at Kartarpur.[4][5]

Sodhi's of Kashmir are descendants of Prithi Chand son of Guru Ram Das. The group of Sikhs which followed Prithi Chand, later on, became poor after the revolted against Guru Arjan. These Sodhi's requested Maharaja Ranjit Singh and he allowed them to join his Army. Maharaja paid them wages in the form of grains (JINS) and were also called as Jinsi Sikhs in Kashmir and later on because of their valor were given grants and Jagirs.


  1. ^ a b Bedi, S. S. Vanjara. "SODHI". Encyclopaedia of Sikhism. Punjabi University Patiala. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  2. ^ W. H. McLeod (2009). The A to Z of Sikhism. Scarecrow Press. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-8108-6828-1.
  3. ^ Grewal, J. S. (1998). The Sikhs of the Punjab (Revised ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 115. ISBN 0 521 63764 3.
  4. ^ "Original copy of Guru Granth Sahib at Kartarpur". The Hindu. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ Daljit Singh. "Authenticity Of The Kartarpuri Bir (Updated)". Sikh Philosophy Network. Retrieved 22 August 2017.