Kayastha, Hindu in India

Population

7,263,000

Christian

0.01%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Alok Saxena


Introduction / History

Kayasthas mostly belong to the Hindi-speaking states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

Kayasthas also migrated to various other parts of the country. Most of the Kayasthas who shifted to Hyderabad from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in the middle of the eighteenth century got employment in the court of the Nizam. In 1820, out of the 400 North Indian mansabdars, 60 were Kayasthas.


What are Their Lives Like?

With the passing of time, the Kayasthas have surged ahead. They have broken new grounds in vocations other than those relating to writing and record-keeping, and excelled in them. Thus, in public life, Dr Rajendra Prasad rose to become the first President of the Republic of India, whereas Lal Bahadur Shastri succeeded Jawaharlal Nehru as the Prime Minister. Dr Sampuranand was the Chief Minister of U.P. and Governor of Rajasthan, besides being a literary figure. Jaya Prakash Narain brought down Indira Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose fought the British rule militarily. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, and Jagdish Chandra Bose were eminent scientists. Munshi Prem Chand, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Raghupat Sahai "Firaque" Gorakhpuri, Dr Vrindavan Lal Verma, Dr Ram Kumar Verma and Dr Dharm Vir Bharti have been men of letters. Swami Vivekanand was a philosopher and a true Indian. Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha have excelled in the film world, Mukesh and Sonu Nigam in the world of music.


What are Their Beliefs?

It is said that Brahma, the Creator, having established the four varnas "Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra" dained Dharamraj (also called Yamraj, the god of death) to keep record of the deeds "good and evil" of all life-forms born and yet to be born on the earth, in the heavens above and in the lands below. Dharamraj, however, complained, "O Lord, how can I alone keep record of the deeds of the beings born into 84 lakh yonis (life-forms) in the three worlds?"

Brahma then closed his eyes, meditated for a while and lo and behold! there appeared a radiant figure with a quill-pen in one hand and an ink-pot in another. Brahma named him Chittagupta for he was conceived in his cognitive-self (chitta) and he was lying in Him, dormant and secret (gupta). He was born of Brahma's body (kaya) and so the Lord decreed that his progenies be called Kayasthas. He was assigned to work as a minister, to write and record for Dharamraj. Thus, the fifth varna, the Kayastha, came into existence. Some historians hold the view that during the reign of the Mughals, a number of Hindus who were were educated and endowed with sharp intellect attained administrative positions through rapid adaptation to the Persian language and culture of India's new rulers. These influential Hindus got together and formed a new caste known as Kayastha.




Profile Source: Alok Saxena
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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Kayastha, Hindu
People Name in Country Kayastha, Hindu
ROP3 Code 112470
Joshua Project People ID 17124
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 7,263,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Kaiath, Kait, Karan, Kast, Kastha, Lal, Lala, Lalli,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 3,892,270 Hindi 3,037,557 Bhojpuri 602,210 Assamese 482,495
Awadhi 138,810 Magahi 107,159 Maithili 107,073 Oriya 106,120
Kanauji 90,950 Garhwali 45,790 Chhattisgarhi 29,750 Bundeli 28,520
Kurux 10,460 Bagheli 8,310 Kumaoni 7,630 Gujarati 7,505
Malvi 4,320 Mundari 3,840 Dhundari 3,690 Bai, Southern 2,700
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Kayastha, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.01%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.99%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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