Kayastha (Hindu traditions) in Bhutan

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Introduction / History

According to ancient Hindu texts called the Puranas, Kayasthas are descended from the Hindu god Chitragupta, who is charged with recording the deeds of humanity, determining if they are following the rules, and judging whether each person will go to heaven or hell when they die.

Throughout India's long history, Kayasthas have been prestigious record-keepers, often for royalty.

Where Are they Located?

Kayasthas mostly live in the Indian states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi. Kayasthas also migrated to various other parts of India. 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 hereditary ruler, or Nizam. A smaller number now live in Nepal, and an even smaller number are in Bhutan.

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. They have excelled in the areas of government, academics, science, music, and entertainment. Most likely the few who live in Bhutan are doing well in these same areas.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Kayasthas are forward (prestigious) caste Hindus. Such people are often more philosophical than other Hindus, though they usually have their favorite gods that they worship.

What Are Their Needs?

Kayasthas in Bhutan are forward caste Hindus who live in a Tibetan Buddhist part of the world. They probably have few if any chances to hear that Jesus Christ is the one we will answer to when we die.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kayastha (Hindu traditions) in Bhutan.

* Pray that the Kayasthas will recognize that the risen Jesus Christ is the loving leader who came to provide life to the fullest for all people.
* Pray that many Kayasthas in Bhutan will submit their lives to Christ and use their influence to bring justice and peace to South Asia.
* Pray that thousands of Kayasthas will put their hope and trust in him alone.
* Pray that there will soon be a massive disciple making movement in Bhutan and India among the prestigious Kayasthas.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kayastha (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kayastha (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kay-AHS-tah
World Population 9,620,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kact; Kaiath; Kait; Kaith; Karan; Kast; Kastha; Kayashtha; Kayasth; Kayath; Lal; Lala; Lalli; कायस्ता (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17124
ROP3 Code 112470
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Western 800
  Eastern 500
  Southern 200
  Central 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Bengali
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.