Kayastha (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The literary skills of the Kayastha people were in such demand that many of them moved to regions throughout India and Bangladesh. The Kayastha were originally administrators and bookkeepers for the kingdoms of northern India. In recent times the Kayastha have taken advantage of India's educational system and branched out into many professions that require a high degree of literacy. The primary languages of the Kayastha are Hindi and Bengali. They also speak the local languages of where they live and English. Many resources are available in Hindi and Bengali including a complete Bible, radio broadcasts and the JESUS Film. Only a tiny fraction of the Kayastha claim to follow Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kayastha are well-known in India for being politicians, writers, philosophers, entertainers, and scientists. They are among the most successful and prominent castes in India and Bangladesh. The Kayastha live in cities and encourage their children to attend colleges and graduate schools. Parents and young people join together to find prospective marriage partners. Kayastha tend to marry within their group although some are marrying other higher caste persons. For many Kayastha their Hindu faith has become more cultural than religious.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The large majority of the Kayastha practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of the Indian subcontinent. According to tradition the Kayastha were created by Brahmin to help the god of death Dharamraj keep records of good and bad deeds. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kayastha visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Kayastha people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Kayastha fit into the Kshatriya and Vaishyas castes. Both have good status in Hindu society.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kayastha people need the blessings of Jesus Christ, the only one who can offer them abundant life and forgiveness for their sins. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out before them in practical ways by higher caste followers of Christ. The Kayastha need to see that money and worldly success will not gain them the joy and peace of God.


Prayer Points

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

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Kayastha people a willingness to accept the eternal blessings of Jesus Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Kayastha people this decade. Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to serve among the Kayastha people.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-27
People Name General Kayastha (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kayastha (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kay-AHS-tah
Population this Country 7,808,000
Population all Countries 9,732,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 156
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 India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
2,515,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,945,000
Bihar
1,338,000
Assam
687,000
Madhya Pradesh
407,000
Tripura
249,000
Jharkhand
235,000
Odisha
126,000
Uttarakhand
92,000
Chhattisgarh
44,000
Maharashtra
40,000
Rajasthan
33,000
Delhi
30,000
Haryana
15,000
Andaman and Nicobar
11,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 2,515,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,945,000
  Bihar 1,338,000
  Assam 687,000
  Madhya Pradesh 407,000
  Tripura 249,000
  Jharkhand 235,000
  Odisha 126,000
  Uttarakhand 92,000
  Chhattisgarh 44,000
  Maharashtra 40,000
  Rajasthan 33,000
  Delhi 30,000
  Haryana 15,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 11,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,205,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 40
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
2,751,000
Bhojpuri
611,000
Assamese
478,000
Awadhi
135,000
Magahi
114,000
Odia
109,000
Maithili
102,000
Kanauji
91,000
Garhwali
45,000
Bundeli
32,000
Chhattisgarhi
32,000
Kok Borok
12,000
Bagheli
11,000
Gujarati
7,700
Kumaoni
7,100
Primary Language Hindi (3,205,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 40
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 2,751,000
  Bhojpuri 611,000
  Assamese 478,000
  Awadhi 135,000
  Magahi 114,000
  Odia 109,000
  Maithili 102,000
  Kanauji 91,000
  Garhwali 45,000
  Bundeli 32,000
  Chhattisgarhi 32,000
  Kok Borok 12,000
  Bagheli 11,000
  Gujarati 7,700
  Kumaoni 7,100
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Hope Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.94 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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


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