Kayasth

Who are they?

The Kayasth people are a well-known community of traditional scribes or writers and village accountants. Their name is also spelled Kayastha or Kayashtha. The Kayasth are usually addressed by a number of synonyms like Lala, Lalli, Lal, Kaith, Kact or Kayath.

Totaling a population of around 10 million in number and having 237 segments, they are spread across forty districts of the country in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Tripura, Assam, Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Chandigarh

The Kayasth community in North India and the Deccan have sought to establish a pan-Indian identity for themselves by linking up with the Chitragupta Kayasth of North India, the Prabhu Kayasth of Maharashtra and the Bengal Kayasth of West Bengal, despite being different communities and located in distinctly different cultural environments (K.L. Leonard, 1978).

Origin

Literally, the Kayasth is described as one who is an inhabitant of Kaayadesh, the region between the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers of north India. In Sanskrit the word Kayasth means, “one who resides in the body” (Rose, 1919). A different meaning has been suggested by Crooke, from the Sanskrit Kaya- santitch which means staying at home (Crooke, 1896).

As far as the mythological origins of their community are concerned the Kayasth believe that they originated from Chitragupta. They hold the view that Chitragupta was himself created by Brahma from his body. Brahma is believed to be the Creator in the Hindu trinity. The newly-produced Chitragupta was entrusted to Yama, the Hindu god of death to record the good and evil actions of all humans and produce the net results when they arrived after death. From Chitragupta’s two wives, Eravati and Nandini, were descended the twelve main endogamous subdivisions of the Kayasth people, namely, Mathur, Bhatnagar, Saxena and Srivastava from the first wife, and Gaur, Nigam, Asthana, Surajdwaj, Awastha, Karan, Kulshrestha, and Balmiki from the second.

The Varna or class status of the Kayasth has been a matter of controversy and they have been classified as Brahmin (highest Hindu priestly caste), Kshatriya (2nd highest warrior caste of rulers) and even Sudra (4th and lowest class of peasants and serfs). Despite their own high self-perception, the common view is that they belong to the Vaisya, or 3rd highest caste of traders.

Language

They speak the languages of the regions they live in. In Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Hindi is their mother tongue and they use the Devanagari script to write it. In Bihar the Indo-Aryan language Magahi is their first language, Bengali is spoken in West Bengal and Assamese in Assam. In Punjab and Chandigarh the mother tongue is Punjabi and in Andhra Pradesh it is the Telugu language. In spite of these perceived barriers to communication, throughout each of these states the Kayasth communities are conversant with Hindi as well.

The Kayasth have a good social interaction with other communities and exchange food and water with most of them. It is said that during Mughal times, they had free interaction with the Muslims.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The customary occupation of the Kayasth has always been government or private service, traditionally as village clerks or accountants. Even during the pre-colonial times they were employed in the Mughal and other royal courts. Today they are mainly engaged in various levels of government and private service. There also work as teachers, defense personnel, doctors, engineers, lawyers, academicians and other professionals. In the desert state of Rajasthan some Kayasth have opened factories. The Hare Krishna Movement came out of this group, as did Transcendental Meditation (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi), Integral yoga (Sri Aurobindo), Kriya Yoga (Paramahansa Yogananda of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ fame) and Vedanta (Swami Vivekananda).

The Kayasth usually do not involve themselves in business or agriculture, although some who live in villages own land and cultivate it. However, agriculture is the traditional occupation of most in Kayasth in Assam and Himachal Pradesh, as well as small-scale industries.

Education is valued by this community and their literacy levels are very high. Their sons and daughters reach high school graduation and post-graduation levels. They also enter professional varsities in sizeable numbers. Modern family planning methods and medicine are accepted by the Kayasth. They enjoy all the benefits of various official developmental programmes to improve their socio-economic conditions.

Customs

The Kayasth restrict marriage to their community and often it is limited to the subgroup level too. However, subgroup endogamy is not rigidly enforced any longer, and even inter-caste marriages have made their occasional appearance as a recent phenomenon. In Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh the Kayasth are divided into twelve subgroups among which they may not intermarry as well as various exogamous clans.

Marriages are arranged through negotiations between family members on both sides. Polygamy is very rare and is usually resorted to only for the sake of offspring. Vermilion (sindur), a dot on the forehead (bindi), toe-rings, earrings, nose stud, necklace and bangles of glass, gold or conch-shell are the symbols of marriage for women. Adult marriages are prevalent and dowry is paid in cash and kind, except in Assam. Remarriage of widowers, widows is only prohibited in Andhra Pradesh. The remarriage of divorcees, as well as junior levirate and junior sororate are also allowed. However, divorce is not socially permissible among some Kayasth like those of West Bengal.

Among the Kayasth there has been a rise in the number of nuclear families in the recent past. All the sons inherit the ancestral property equally and the eldest son succeeds to the father’s authority. Daughters traditionally do not receive any share of the inheritance. Though the Kayasth women have lower status than men they definitely enjoy higher status than women of most other communities. They contribute to the family income and control family expenditure, as well as participate in social functions, rituals and religious affairs.

Art and creativity among the women of this people group can be seen in Assam where they are expert weavers. In West Bengal they are skilled in modeling, drawing, floor-painting with intricate designs, cloth embroidery and knitting as well as making toys from cane and bamboo and in Himachal Pradesh they are known for their beautiful graphics, painting and drawing using colourful vegetable dyes. An indispensable part of Kayasth rituals are the oral traditions in the form of folklores and folksongs which belong to the women.

The Kayasth have their own traditional caste associations at various places like the Kayasth Mahasabha (Great Assembly) at Chandigarh which even has its own publication known as the Kayasth Samachar. Similarly in Andhra Pradesh there is a Kayasth Sabha which looks after the welfare of the community. Other such bodies exist in most states at various levels. Political consciousness has emerged at local and regional levels.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kayasth profess Hinduism and worship all gods and goddesses. However, it is the god Chitragupta who comes in for special reverence as their divine progenitor and community deity. Twice a year they worship the pen and inkpot, which are Chitragupta’s tools, as well as the symbols of their profession, to which they owe their great material success.

Some Kayasth, as those of Himachal Pradesh, belong to the Shaivite sect. They regard Shiva as the supreme deity; while many other, like those of West Bengal to the Vaishnava sect, i.e. they regard Vishnu as the most powerful. In West Bengal and Rajasthan many Kayasth belong to the Shakti cult, the worship of the Mother Goddess as an active, creating, maintaining and destroying entity. The manifestations of this goddess are Kali and Durga.

The Kayasth celebrate all major Hindu festivals and hire the services of the Brahmin priest to perform their lifecycle rituals like birth, marriage and death. The dead are cremated and the ashes immersed in a river, preferably the Ganges River at Haridwar which is considered to be holy. Both birth and death pollutions for specific periods are observed. There is a belief in evil spirits and at times exorcism is resorted to. Ancestor worship is prevalent.

What Are Their Needs?

Kayasth are a highly significant community; they are among the key intellectual and influential groups of India. Literate and urbanized, a dominate force in the national bureaucracy, who hold land and positions of influence in various spheres of daily life,

 

161 Comments

  1. I also belong from kaystha community
    But i have not any knowladege of my cast.
    There are many kaystha have not any knowladege about their cast.
    This site is give me very perfect and acttual knowladege about kaystha cast.
    Our cast is very forward cast,but we have no unity.there is the the reason we have not get respect from the society.we do somthing for our cast
    I want to do
    Please suggest me.
    Anup

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    • yes, you are right Mr. Anup.
      I’m also agree with you.

      Please suggest me too, if any body have any solution for the growth of Kayastha.
      Arvind Shrivastava

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      • The demerits of kayastha is that they hate from eachother and never try to help any kaystha for job or in study this gap is to be imorove more

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        • I agree with u that kayastha hate each other they do not want that any other kayastha rise.

          Recently I had word with Mr.Mayank Srivastava (Engineer in VA Tech Pune) I told him that sir I got information that in your company there is a requirement for me.
          He told me how you get my no why you called me I told sir I got your no through LinkedIn and u belongs to Srivastava family so I call u –
          ” His reply – sale Tum log hote he aise ho begging krte ho Srivastava dekha nhi ki chipak jate ho”.

          It’s my personal experience.

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        • U r right sir

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      • First of all we Are kayasthya
        Then sub caste

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    • I don’t agree..Kayasthas are highly respected in the society because of their high education standards..Also we are much progressive & condemn orthodox thinking unlike other communities..& being aware about your own community is a matter of personal concern..If u don’t know who you are & what’s your identity,people will obviously make fun of you !

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      • Yes your are correct but as they said we don’t help each other

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      • Yes I agree with u sir#Mr submit

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    • During sixties and upto eighties one could see 30 % of meritorious student came from Kayasthas.( Merit lists) . In UPSC and PSC also they took away major share.Today it is hard to find even 1 or 2 % Kayastha surnames in Toppers. Community should introspect and this could be the reason of feeling lost

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    • Hi All,

      Same question in my mind that why today i m on google.

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  2. No, Kayasths have originated from many places including Kashmir, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and east as well. And, They are usually seen as part of the Kshatriya group.

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  3. hey guys this is piyush srivastava ,i also wanna do somthing for my caste……

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  4. hum log ko indian hona par aur mathur community maia hona par pride hai .
    we rare educated and intellgente citizen in india.

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    • Richa how are you , I think you are from Rajasthan , are you doing some thing to upliftment for kayastha community . please do some thing for tha same.

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    • Mine is an intercaste marriage.i am a punjabi girl married to a kayastha guy from UP.during the wedding of my brother in law a ritual was performed about which no one discusses at my in laws place.before the baraat procession started all the ladies of my in-laws side gathered around a bucket of water and me (elder bhabhi) and my to be wed brother in law to do parikarma 7 times.i am confused as to whenever i ask about the ritual its hushed up.kindly assist

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      • Hi,
        U need not be suspicious about traditional rituals prevailing in families. They are performed just to preserve the identity of the clan otherwise they are simply irrelevant in this age. What u should be proud of is, in fact, ur courage to marry outside ur community and directly challenge the orthodoxy of this bankrupt society.I am a pure Kayastha yet I appreciate this progressivism which is the characteristic trait of Kayastha community, but has been ignored by the present generation. Although I don’t take pride in it, yet the fact is that Kayasthas have been the only and truly intellectual class in India and to describe them just as a caste of scribes is not only derogatory but also amounts to suppression of a historical fact. They find mention in Kalhana’s RAJTARINGINI as a distinct class in 11th-12th century. They actually originated during the GUPTA era in the 3rd-4th centuries AD and comprised of many castes and varnas- of people who took to the profession of record-keeping of the state. This was the evolution of an entirely new kind of profession in an otherwise increasingly orthodox society. While society in this part of the sub-continent remained orthodox and even regressive sometimes, Kayasthas have never looked back and played a significant role in almost all walks of life – Sir J C Bose, Netaji Subhash Bose, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jai Prakash Narayan et al. But instead of flaunting these illustrious names, we should learn from them and be humble and honest enough to excel in our endeavour

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        • Yes you are right…

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        • I request everyone to join kayastha mahasabhas of your regions , In Meerut , we all live united almost every kayastha person here is connected through the organisation and ready to help each other anytime , we have atleast 2 meetinge every year and its a good experience for us to meet our community people .

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      • Hey, it seems that your in law’s performed ur marriage with your brother in law before his wedding , as astrologically they say if a person mangalik, he / she should be married first to someone else or a tree or some object.
        Do talk to them about it or you may consult a learned astrologer in this regard. There is no tradition as such in kayastha community pre marriage.

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      • Yes I do agree with you, Kayasthas are known because of their education, we are santan of Sh Chitragupt Ji maharaj.
        We want to make a kayastha group through whatsup so that we can join together. my contact number is 9910672548.
        I you people wants to join we can start at least one kaystha group. I am an engineer working in maruti joint venture company.

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    • absolutely right .

      Yahan Ke Hum Sikander but with a kind heart.

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    • Absolutely right….. Richa

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  5. Kayasthas are kshatriyas who were basically rulers in northern part of India & later became administrators..It’s a myth that we were accountants by profession..& yes we are quite few in number..but so are Lions in a jungle ! 😉
    (Here’s a website for complete & authentic info on kayasthas- http://mathurworld.com/about/origin.htm

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    • Kayasthas are the writer class. The kayastha caste was formed in the 8th century A.D. They were also called pushtapalas. The kayasthas were not there in the vedic caste system i.e Brahmins, Kshtriyas, Baishyas and Shudhras. Actually they came or were converted from these four caste. Most the Medieval age poet were kayasthas. So it can be seen they were an educated community from the beginning.

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    • Kayastha are Khatriyas who fight with the pen.

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  6. Sir, As u know abt kaystha it well qualified group in India not now because ancient period there was a lipi name kayath lipi who convernt in to devnagari lipi, the devnagrilipi 90% pertaing to kayth lipi so don’t worry, and other intance I drag ur attention abt Jews (Yahudi) make a land and become a land of mark in every field so why u don’t do this dont repentant be glorious as become kaystha as Bal Thakre and many more. U do ur work properly way people will take notice when come right time…….. Due to reservation the population in our social service though decrease but in private sector a lot of population of kaystha become very good position and post deserve in their own field….. so dont repent be proud as kayastha including Intelligent Bhartiye…..

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  7. believe it or not but this community proves the saying the saying right which goes Luke this “been educated fools”..
    and yeah the content writer and the research team has failed to convey the proper facts and precise details.. to my surprise there is hardly any mention about bihar.. well this state has dense population of kasthya community … especially in darbhanga, madhubani, samasthipur and sitamarahi district … apparently indias first president himself belonged from this community

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    • I agree with you .. probably the author forget to mention about Bihar where kayasthas are in abundance . as you rightly mentioned about the districts where kayasthas are in abundance , i would like to add patna in that list too …

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    • I am agree with you in To-to. Where do you reside ? I am from Darbhanga only

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    • I think you are forgetting about Gaya..I am from gaya and i am doing job in reputed company in reputed position and many kayastha people living in gaya.

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  8. kayasth is a small community compair to yadav,
    kushwaha and patel(kurmi) in uttar pradhesh because
    these community have no own land in up and bihar.they worked
    job as a munshi or dashi in rajput or other rich farmer but
    kayasth’s person is intellactual so he get job easily
    any where.

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  9. Hello Everyone,
    This is to clear all the doubts anyone has about KAYASTHAS…unlike other communities who have a descent from a ‘king’ or ‘rishi’….Kayasthas are the only ones who are a direct descendant of a DEVTA…..CHITRAGUPT MAHARAJ DEVTA (With a PEN in his hand and a KATAAR tied to his waist) who holds the Court of JUSTICE in YAMALOK according to HINDU MYTHOLOGY. He had 12 sons who were sent to various regions to establish their own KINGDOMS, gradually most of them took to WRITING as their traditional occupation and were thus sidelined from their original KSHATRIYA varna socially.
    Since their population was less and remains so; during the medieval period they were not able to establish their hold as KINGS and hence had to work as mere ADMINISTRATORS,ACCOUNTANTS,JUDGES in various KINGDOMS.
    During the Mughal rule ; many hindus served the crown- Many RAJPUT Kings gave taxes to the crown,RAJPUT Soldiers served in the MILITARY, BRAHMINS served as ADVISORS and KAYASTHAS as ADMINISTRATORS and ACCOUNTANTS. Raja Todar Mal and Mahesh Das(Birbal); both belonged to the KAYASTHA community

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    • Dear Arjun, I have read one article about Birbal, one of the Nav ratnas of Akbar, birbal was a Dubey Brahmin of somewhere in Madhyapradesh, where his descendents still live. I read this report in BBC Hindi, last year.

      Pankaj Srivastava.

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      • Birbal was a brahmin it is evident from islamic literature.kayasth community is originated from brahmin community.

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        • Brahmins have nothing to do with inherent intellectual prowess of the Kayastha community.As per shastras, Kayastha is a sanskrit word. Lord Brahma after creating Bhagwan Sri Chitragupta ji said’since you are born out of my kaya, henceforth you and your progenies will be known as Kayasthas. This is the only India/Hindu community that worships ‘kalam-davaat’. Kayasthas are the most literate community of the country. This fact was endorsed by the Central govt in a rejoinder filed in the Supreme Court couple of years back. A well researched article by Late Shiv Asre Asthana put the entire narrative in perspective.
          कायस्थ सिर्फ जाति नहीं बल्कि पांचवा वर्ण है!
          कायस्थ समाज की जाति व्यवस्था पर एस ए अस्थाना ने एक अध्ययन किया है. अपने अध्ययन की भूमिका में वे लिखते हैं कि “स्मरण करो एक समय था जब आधे से अधिक भारत पर कायस्थों का शासन था। कश्मीर में दुर्लभ बर्धन कायस्थ वंश, काबुल और पंजाब में जयपाल कायस्थ वंश, गुजरात में बल्लभी कायस्थ राजवंश, दक्षिण में चालुक्य कायस्थ राजवंश, उत्तर भारत में देवपाल गौड़ कायस्थ राजवंश तथा मध्य भारत में सतवाहन और परिहार कायस्थ राजवंश सत्ता में रहे हैं। अतः हम सब उन राजवंशों की संतानें हैं, हम बाबू नने के लिए नहीं, हिन्दुस्तान पर प्रेम, ज्ञान और शौर्य से परिपूर्ण उस हिन्दू संस्कृति की स्थापना के लिए पैदा हुए हैं जिन्होंने हमें जन्म दिया है।”
          एक घटना का जिक्र करते हुए अस्थाना अपनी पुस्तक में लिखते हैं कि एक बार स्वामी विवेकानन्द से भी एक सभा में उनसे उनकी जाति पूछी गयी थी. अपनी जाति अथवा वर्ण के बारे में बोलते हुए विवेकानंद ने कहा था “मैं उस महापुरुष का वंशधर हूँ, जिनके चरण कमलों पर प्रत्येक ब्राह्मण ‘‘यमाय धर्मराजाय चित्रगुप्ताय वै नमः’’ का उच्चारण करते हुए पुष्पांजलि प्रदान करता है और जिनके वंशज विशुद्ध रूप से क्षत्रिय हैं। यदि अपनें पुराणों पर विश्वास हो तो, इन समाज सुधारको को जान लेना चाहिए कि मेरी जाति ने पुराने जमानें में अन्य सेवाओं के अतिरिक्त कई शताब्दियों तक आधे भारत पर शासन किया था। यदि मेरी जाति की गणना छोड़ दी जाये, तो भारत की वर्तमान सभ्यता का शेष क्या रहेगा ? अकेले बंगाल में ही मेरी जाति में सबसे बड़े कवि, सबसे बड़े इतिहास वेत्ता, सबसे बड़े दार्शनिक, सबसे बड़े लेखक और सबसे बड़े धर्म प्रचारक हुए हैं। मेरी ही जाति ने वर्तमान समय के सबसे बड़े वैज्ञानिक से भारत वर्ष को विभूषित किया है।’’
          वर्ण व्यवस्था में कायस्थों के स्थान के बारे में विवरण देते हुए वे खुद स्पष्टीकरण देते हुए लिखते हैं कि “अक्सर यह प्रश्न उठता रहता है कि चार वर्णों में क्रमशः ब्राह्मण, क्षत्रिय, वैश्य एवं शूद्र में कायस्थ किस वर्ण से संबंधित है। स्पष्ट है कि उपरोक्त चारों वर्णों के खाँचे में, कायस्थ कहीं भी फिट नहीं बैठता है। अतः इस पर तरह-तरह की किंवदंतियां उछलती चली आ रही है। उपरोक्त यक्ष प्रश्न “किस वर्ण के कायस्थ” का माकूल जबाब देने का आज समय आ गया है कि सभी चित्रांश बन्धुओं को अपने समाज के बारे में सोचने का अपनी वास्तविक पहचान का ज्ञान होना परम आवश्यक है।”
          शिव आसरे अस्थाना ने इस संबंध में जो तथ्य जुटाएं है और अध्ययन किया है वे महत्वपूर्ण हैं. अहिल्या कामधेनु संहिता और पद्मपुराण पाताल खण्ड के श्लोकों और साक्ष्यों से वे साबित करते हैं कि कायस्थ सिर्फ जाति नहीं बल्कि पांचवा वर्ण है. नीचे दिये गये उदाहरण देखिए-
          ब्राहस्य मुख मसीद बाहु राजन्यः कृतः।
          उरुतदस्य वैश्य, पद्यायागू शूद्रो अजायतः।। (अहिल्या कामधेनु संहिता)
          अर्थात् नव निर्मित सृष्टि के उचित प्रबन्ध तथा समाज की सुव्यवस्था के लिए श्री ब्रह्मा जी ने अपनें मुख से ब्राह्मण, भुजाओं से क्षत्रिय, उदर से वैश्य तथा चरणों से शूद्र उत्पन्न कर वर्ण ‘‘चतुष्टय’’ (चार वर्णों) की स्थापना की। सम्पूर्ण प्राणियों के शुभ-अशुभ कार्यों का लेखा-जोखा रखनें व पाप-पुण्य के अनुसार उनके लिये दण्ड या पुरस्कार निश्चित करने का दायित्ंव श्री ब्रह्मा जी ने श्री धर्मराज को सौंपा। कुछ समय उपरान्त श्री धर्मराज जी ने देखा कि प्रजापति के द्वारा निर्मित विश्व के समस्त प्राणियों का लेखा-जोखा रखना अकेले उनके द्वारा सम्भव नहीं है। अतः धर्मराज जी ने श्री ब्रह्मा जी से निवेदन किया कि ‘हे देव! आपके द्वारा उत्पन्न प्राणियों का विस्तार दिन-प्रतिदिन बढ़ता ही जा रहा है। अतः मुझे एक सहायक की आवश्यकता है। जिसे प्रदान करनें की कृपा करें।
          ‘‘अधिकारेषु लोका नां, नियुक्तोहत्व प्रभो।
          सहयेन बिना तंत्र स्याम, शक्तः कथत्वहम्।।’’ (अहिल्या कामधेनु संहिता)
          श्री धर्मराज जी के निवेदन पर विचार हेतु श्री ब्रह्मा जी पुनः ध्यानस्त हो गये। श्री ब्रह्मा जी एक कल्प तक ध्यान मुद्रा में रहे, योगनिद्रा के अवसान पर कार्तिक शुल्क द्वितीया के शुभ क्षणों में श्री ब्रह्मा जी ने अपने सन्मुख एक श्याम वर्ण, कमल नयन एक पुरूष को देखा, जिसके दाहिने हाथ में लेखनी व पट्टिका तथा बायें हाथ में दवात थी। यही था श्री चित्रगुप्त जी का अवतरण।
          ‘‘सन्निधौ पुरुषं दृष्टवा, श्याम कमल लोचनम्।
          लेखनी पट्टिका हस्त, मसी भाजन संयुक्तम्।।’’ (पद्मपुराण-पाताल खण्ड)
          इस दिव्य पुरूष का श्याम वर्णी काया, रत्न जटित मुकुटधारी, चमकीले कमल नयन, तीखी भृकुटी, सिर के पीछे तेजोमय प्रभामंडल, घुघराले बाल, प्रशस्त भाल, चन्द्रमा सदृश्य आभा, शंखाकार ग्रीवा, विशाल भुजाएं व उभरी जांघे तथा व्यक्तित्व में अदम्य साहस व पौरूष झलक रहा था। इस तेजस्वी पुरूष को अपने सन्मुख देख ब्रह्मा जी ने पूछा कि आप कौन है? दिव्य पुरूष ने विनम्रतापूर्वक करबद्ध प्रणाम कर कहा कि आपने समाधि में ध्यानस्त होकर मेरा आह्नवान चिन्तन किया, अतः मैं प्रकट हो गया हूँ। मैं आपका ही मानस पुत्र हूँ। आप स्वयं ही बताये कि मैं कौन हूँ ? कृपया मेरा वर्ण- निरूपण करें तथा स्पष्ट करें कि किस कार्य हेतु आपने मेरा स्मरण किया। इस प्रकार ब्रह्माजी अपने मानस पुत्र को देख कर बहुत हर्षित हुये और कहा कि हे तात! मानव समाज के चारों वर्णों की उत्पत्ति मेरे शरीर के पृथक-पृथक भागों से हुई है, परन्तु तुम्हारी उत्पत्ति मेरी समस्त काया से हुई है इस कारण तुम्हारी जाति ‘‘कायस्थ’’ होगी।
          मम् कायात्स मुत्पन्न, स्थितौ कायोऽभवत्त।
          कायस्थ इति तस्याथ, नाम चक्रे पितामहा।। (पद्म पुराण पाताल खण्ड)
          काया से प्रकट होनें का तात्पर्य यह है कि समस्त ब्रह्म-सृष्टि में श्री चित्रगुप्त जी की अभिव्यक्ति। अपनें कुशल दिव्य कर्मों से तुम ‘‘कायस्थ वंश’’ के संस्थापक होंगे। तुम्हें समस्त प्राणि मात्र की देह में अर्न्तयामी रूप से स्थित रहना होगा। जिससे उनकी आंतरिक मनोभावनाएं, विचार व कर्म को समझने में सुविधा हो।
          ‘‘कायेषु तिष्ठतति-कायेषु सर्वभूत शरीरेषु।
          अन्तर्यामी यथा निष्ठतीत।।’’ (पद्य पुराण पाताल खण्ड)
          ब्रह्माजी ने नवजात पुत्र को यह भी स्पष्ट किया कि ‘‘आप की उत्पत्ति हेतु मैने अपने चित्त को एकाग्र कर पूर्ण ध्यान में गुप्त किया था अतः आपका नाम ‘‘चित्रगुप्त’’ ही उपयुक्त होगा। आपका वास नगर कोट में रहेगा और आप चण्डी के उपासक होंगे।
          ‘‘चित्रं वचो मायागत्यं, चित्रगुप्त स्मृतो गुरूवेः।
          सगत्वा कोट नगर, चण्डी भजन तत्परः।।’’ (पद्य पुराण पाताल खण्ड)
          अपने इन उदाहरणों के जरिए वे साबित करते हैं कि कायस्थ पांचवा वर्ण है. अगर यह सच है तो कम से कम यह किताब भारत की वर्ण व्यवस्था को बड़ी चुनौती देती है. अभी तक की स्थापित मान्यताओं के उलट यह एक पांचवे वर्ण को सामने लाती है जिसका उल्लेख खुद स्वामी विवेकानन्द ने भी किया है. शिव आसरे अस्थाना मानते हैं कि वे खुद जाति व्यवस्था में विश्वास नहीं करते हैं लेकिन इसकी उपस्थिति और प्रभाव को खारिज नहीं किया जा सकता.
          लेकिन उनके इस अध्ययन से वह सवाल और जटिल हो जाता है जो वर्ण व्यवस्था और जाति व्यवस्था में घालमेल करता है. कायस्थ वर्ण का अस्तित्व कोई आज का नहीं है. यह हजारों साल पुराना है. उत्तर प्रदेश, बंगाल, बिहार से लेकर कश्मीर तक किसी न किसी काल में कायस्थ राजा रहे हैं. ऐसा भी कहा जाता है कि अयोध्या में रघुवंश से पहले कायस्थों का ही शासन था. अगर पुरातन भारत में इस जाति/वर्ण का स्वर्णिम इतिहास रहा है तो आधुनिक भारत में डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, लाल बहादुर शास्त्री, सुभाष चंद्र बोस और विवेकानंद इसी वर्ण या जाति व्यवस्था से आते हैं. लेकिन यहां सवाल इन महापुरुषों का जाति निर्धारण करना नहीं है बल्कि उस चुनौती को समझना है जो जाति और वर्ण का घालमेल करता है. जाति के नाम पर नाक भौं सिकोड़नेवाले लोग भले ही तात्विक विवेचन से पहले ही अपना निर्णय कर लें लेकिन शिव आसरे अस्थाना का यह काम निश्चित रूप से भारतीय जाति व्यवस्था को समझने के लिए लिहाज से एक बेहतरीन प्रयास है..

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          • Sandeep Je Thanks for Giving Information about kayastha.I think we should start to make a Group where every kaystha Can Get Job easily.I am also Searching Job Last 4 month,but still not Get.

  10. I am Canadian and my mitochondrial lineage is u2e1c.. Which is apparently found in people of Kayasth Caste. I was hoping someone might help me explore this possibility?

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    • what means u2e1c.. pl. tell about the code

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    • So Inauk Canuck You want to say that someone in your family or fore family was belongs to Kayastha community? If yes than you have to search about that.

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  11. I think Ambitabh buchan and Shatrughan Sinha, belongs to Kaysth community, kayesth were mostly munshi and patwary in the pre-independent India, in post independent India initially they performed well in public services but as other casts also gave importance to the education the competition became tough and Kayesth are losing ground very fast about them In minority communities impression is that it is being considered that Kayesth community is the most communal community and big collaborator to communal banyans, whereas other backward cast communities and Rajputs, 95% of them are being considered as a secular, hence in India the future of secularism is very bright, radical Hindus under RSS umbrella has last hope in Mody of Gujarat, Banias and Kayesth are investing a lot in buying Indian media and other propaganda missionaries to polarize the vote in favor of BJP, for 2014 general election, but ground reality is that India is a subcontinent and other state public do not think as Gujarati public think, hence elevation of Mody outside Gujarat is a tough job. A silent revolution India is coming is true; hence radical forces are very disparate; it seems the survival is becoming difficult for the religious fanatics and radicals irrespective of their religion and faith in this global village xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Some people especially Brahmins don’t like Kayastha because Kayastha are certainly more literate and have challenged Brahmins orthodoxy. They try to equate Kayastha as Vaisya or relate to Muslim due to jealousness.

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  12. Kayasth’s in Odisha are known by the name Karan’s. Majorly the people with surnames – Mohanty, Pattnaik, Parija and Kanungo are Karan’s. In my state, they are a well educated and progressive lot.

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    • In Chittoor dist of ap we are karanams and almost govt employees

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  13. We say Kayasth – the most educated community of our society but i feel still shame as our community still believes and support few devil systems like Dowry (most demanding in our cast). there is not any unity in between kayastha community.

    and these are the reasons y we are unable to bring our community upwards

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    • Right …

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    • I also belong to kayastha community and I am from west bengal .dowry is the most disgraceful tradition followed by us and now it’s spreading among other casts in west bengal from us…

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  14. it is pleasant to find article on kayasth and various comments thereon.article is short,and exclusive ofseveral important facts.origin of kayasth still a mistry will have to be traced with facts and evidences to decide if it is cast or class.as it is told that apart from north indian chitraguptiya kayasth,there are mrathi.bengali. oddiya and Andhra kayasth.kayasth maha sabha have no representation of kayasth other than chitragupta kayasth.it means kayasth is a class of people engaged in similar type of profession.after independence,this class or cast has lost most of its charm due to dcreasing numbers in employment and almost negligible presence in politics.what I propose kayasth mahasabh should be reorganized comprising all group of kayasthas and form a strong unity to be strong in politics.lack of unity amongst 10 cror kayasthas is cause of day by day decline.

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  15. Its nice to see so many kayastha interested in their history which is a rare sight.
    I have done some research on this topic and want to share it.
    First of all, people who believe that kayastha are mere people converted from other castes on the basis of their profession should leave this thought as many vedic literatures have references of lord brahma himself assigning ‘kayastha’ name to Maharaja Chitragupta as he is born out of his kaya.
    Chitragupta is bearing a sword and is referred in rigveda as ‘The King Of The Kings’. Clearly the sign of a ruler and hence kshatriya.
    He also has the knowledge of all the upanishads, clearly a brahman.(One cannot simply decide the fate of souls without having these knowledge!!)
    For his sons, it is written in garuda purana as- ” After adorning with sacred threads(upanayan), they were sent to different places to rule.”
    This clarifies that kayastha is a clan with dual-caste status(brahman & kshatriya), whose work is to rule judicially.
    They are not any scribes, otherwise maharaja chtragupta’s work would have been to merely write the karma of everyone and someone else would have been the decision taking authority.
    Kayastha write because we like to write and we have talent in it, not because it is our assigned profession but, its a kind of hobby we are good at.
    The original kayastha(decendent of Shree Chitragupta) are also called ‘Brahma Kayastha’.
    They ruled only in north india. There are no south indian Brahma Kayastha.
    Due to discrimination by higher castes, many lower castes started calling themselves kayasthas on the basis of their profession and the myth that kayastha are scribes.
    So, families like Mathur, Nigam, Srivastava, Asthana etc should be called ‘Brahma Kayastha’ for clarity and should not be mixed with communities like naidu, nair, reddy etc.

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    • hi

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      • I m from kolkata..my great grandparents were kayasthas…i m interested in indian culture…the basis of indian caste system is the shloka from rig veda in which brahmans is said to have emanated from mouth of lord brahma , rajpoots from hands , vaishyas from hips and shudras from legs…but kayasthas are said to be originated from the kaya of god , so there is no question of inferiority from brahmans, as in the kaya even the head comes…but as the other part of body also comes, so they have a dual status of kshatriya and brahmans having a complete personality possessing both superior intellect and strong body…The task of reading the vedas have been given to brahmins but writing it is in the hands of kayasthas…the smartest people i have seen are kayasthas.

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        • Yes your correct karanams is the kayastha cast

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    • A term called RAJANYA KAYASTHA is also there for Kshatriya kayasthas or SHREE BRAHMA KAYASTHA RAJANYA

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  16. kayasthas visudh roop se kshatriya hai…they are ancient kshatriyas, hence they are the direct son of king dharmaraj chitragupta ji, himself 17th manas putra of the creator brahma, kayasthas are having brahmanical features also….they are known as brahmakayastha and rajanaya kshatriya kayasthas…..most of ancient kingdoms were ruled by present day kayasthas……later on they merged in adminiistratives services as administrators of many kingdoms . In ancient time kshatriya varna was divided into two parts 1) millitary service 2) administrative service……even today a country or kingdom is based on its millitary power n administrative power…..kshatriya who promoted to administrations were later known as kayasthas, by the time they formed a caste. more or less kayasthas is a community of intellevtual kshatriyas and orthodox brahmins…..thats why they called kayasthas, which means supreme image or complete image in sanskrit. maharaj tikait rai bahadur (saksena), maharaj prataditya, zamindar trilokinath srivastav, even late bala sahed thackrey are kayasthas, swami vivakanand, amitabh bacchan, shatrughan sinha, sonu nigam , rajendra prasad, lal bahadur shastri are all kayastha blood. JAI DHARMARAAJ, JAI DHARMARASJPUTRAS

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    • it is said that chitragupt sprung from lord brahma then what does the below fact means as mentioned in kanchipuram chitragupt website

      http://www.kanchipuramchitragupta.com/p/about-temple.html
      The history of Shri Chithragupta Swamy is given in three different versions but is inter- related.

      One version narrates as Lord Shiva gave a picture depicting the rainbow colours which was given life by Goddess Parvathi and eventually became Shri Chithra(picture) Guptha Swamy.

      The second version goes like this….. In order to clear the curse of Shri Indira Devan, Shri Chithragupta Swamy was delivered by Kamadhenu in the Indira Heaven. That is why we avoid cows milk and curd to sanctify the diety of Shri Chithragupta Swamy.

      ‘Chith’ means inner conscience. ‘Aptham’ means hidden conscience. Whatever we hold back in our conscience is brought out by Shri Chithragupta and plans the life of a person. Hence the name Chithragutha.

      Having to account the sins and goodness of crores of people Lord Yama Dharma felt it difficult doing it all alone so he prayed to God Shiva to give him an assistant. Immediately Lord Shiva instructed Brahma to give an assistant to Lord Yama. Brahma knew that this is possible only by Sun God(Surya Devan). So Brahma created a fire within the sun. the sun develops romance and in that romantic mood seven colours of the rainbow integrates and forms into a girl and she became to be known as Neeladevi and she lived with the sun. The relationship results into the delivery of a male child in the tamil month of chithirai and that too on a full moon day hence he was named as Chithraputhiran., The child on delivery carried a book in his left hand and a writing nail in the right. (Since Chithragupthr was born of a rainbow people as sacrifice present him with multi colored clothes).

      Chithraguptar performed penance and prayed to Lord Shiva and in turn he received intelligence and all brilliance. In order to test his powers he began to create. This stunned Brahma the “God of Creation”. This act was complained to Sun God. The Sun God advised his son Chithragupta that he determines the time of human beings by terming day and night likewise you can account for the goodness of human beings. The work of creation is Brahman .

      The sun god decided to get his son married inorder to bring him into control. The Virgins who came as descendants of shiva namely Mayabrahman’s daughter Prabhavathy, Manu Brahmam’s daughter Neelavathy, Viswa brahma who occupied anthanar dharmam whose daughter Karnagi. All there three were married to Chithraguptar. Lord Yama who was annoyed over the way Chithraguptar was maintaining his family in a happy way, complained to his father ‘‘Sun” and ‘Sun God’ immediately sent Chithraguptar to be responsible and help Lord Yama.

      Chithraguptar who went along with his wives to Yama’s world is still accounting the goodness and evil activities of mankind from then on.

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  17. hi, my name is Prashant Srivastava , presently m working only on the similar project , though this article is good enough , but , lack some historical importance.

    Like , the Varna system , kayastha never come under vaishya category , the kayastha are the caste of scribes , i.e , they were recruited from the brahmans, khastriya and vaishya varna . So , they were kept above khastriyas but below brahmins .

    During the British rule , acc to the theory of H.H Rosley , The bengal kayastha were categorized under “shudra ” , but , britishers had to listen hard from all the kayastha community from various states .

    if possible , pliz mention about the bengal kayastha tribes during the British Rule , thanku and PROUD TO BE KAYASTHA ! 🙂

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  18. We should unite ourselves irrespective of state and demand for SC quota

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    • No never. why demand for SC quota. We don’t need any kind of reservation to measure our ability. Nothing should undermine the amount of hardwork any individual does. we have a rich history of intelligence. We should work to promote our good points and eliminate the bad rituals from our caste. The only kind of quota one should demand is for economically weaker section irrespective of cast.
      #weneednoquota

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  19. HI All
    As far as kayasthya history concern, I am agree with the above history. i am having one pothi(Book) which cover the history of kayasthya Origin and read it Bhai-Dhuj (Twice in a year).

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    • Wevery onen’t you post the book in internet so every one can read it do it as early as possible

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  20. Any one form a group in facebook and give it a pan indian nature invite your kayastha friends to this group

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  21. I am opening a group indian kayastha …….i welcome you all

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    • Delighted to find such group .I am a retired CE from JSEB ,jharkhand. We should have contact and let us try to compile a directory of our community. Thanks .
      Subodh Narayan

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      • sir i need your exp.. to fulfil your dreem i will thankful, if i used any where in your project

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  22. Hello to all now listen me care fully kayastha are total munsi,patwari in the time of thakur jamindars. we are only the land recorder of them don’t think yourself as ruler or administrator caste understand.improves yourself work hard in region u will best known from ur caste.Dont live in sweat dream.I am saying bitter true but it is originality at this time.
    If like it comment me.

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    • saurabh babu aapki galat salat angrezi se to lag raha hai ki aapka description aake liye to such hai hi. waise aap kuchh thik hi bol rahe hain.

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    • Yes you’re correct

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  23. I m from kolkata..my great grandparents were kayasthas…i m interested in indian culture…the basis of indian caste system is the shloka from rig veda in which brahmans is said to have emanated from mouth of lord brahma , rajpoots from hands , vaishyas from hips and shudras from legs…but kayasthas are said to be originated from the kaya of god , so there is no question of inferiority from brahmans, as in the kaya even the head comes…but as the other part of body also comes, so they have a dual status of kshatriya and brahmans having a complete personality possessing both superior intellect and strong body…The task of reading the vedas have been given to brahmins but writing it is in the hands of kayasthas…the smartest people i have seen are kayasthas.

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  24. no division and subdivision can be said to b without superiority and inferiority…can someone let me know who is superior in kayastha subcaste?

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  25. I think Chitr gupta maharaj comes under Vyshyas group. sochoo

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    • Chitragupta ji is the son of Brahma….not vaishya

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  26. I m agree in above statement

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  27. Who wrote this information it is completely false.
    1. Kyasthas were the rulers and administrators.
    2. Writing of kayastha should be taken as aurhority.
    3. Pen or Ink was not profession of Katasthas it was just symbol of justice.
    4. Kayasthas are pure Dwij-Kshatriyas,means, equal to brahmin and upper to rajputs.
    5. Origin of kayasthas is from Dharmraj Chitragupt. They ruled over more than half of india on ancient, Mughal and Britsh Era.
    6. Kaysatha not only worship ink they also worship sword.

    Many more points can be write. So please remove this total fake and false report of you for our community, otherwise i will file case against you.

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    • all wrong thakur saab

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  28. Kayasha ;- Ek Atulaniya Caste. Is caste ki upama nhi ki ja sakti hai arthat Anupam. Mujhe Garv hai ki main Kayastha hoon.

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    • Mujhe bhi Garv hai ki main Kayastha hoon, per der is bat ka hai ki kahi subida ke abhab me ye pratibaha kumhla na jay, so I request to all Kayastha who can help other, please help one Kayastha to establish him in the society

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  29. Kayasth have held the high offices as administrators, Judges & Doctors..But, I wish to bring the contribution of Kayasth in the last two century as freedom fighters, witters, Mathematicians, Scientists & in cultural activities.
    It is a small sample based on my knowledge, with a humble request to make it exhaustive list.
    Babu Rajendra Prasad Srivastava, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jai Prakash Narain, Dr. Sampurnanad, Raj Narain, Dr.Govind Narain, Dr. Girish Chandra Saxena, Dr. Shiv Charan Mathur,Babu Harihar Prasad Srivastava, Dr. S.C. Rai Munshi Prem Chand,Maha Devi Verma, Dr. Harivansh rai Bachchan, Neeraj( poet & song composer), Legendry singer Mukesh Mathur,Sir Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar, Harishchandra Srivastava,Jagdish Narain Srivastava, Dr. Govind Swaroop,…. etc
    Pl. add , correct & improve

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    • Raj Narayan is Bhumihar.

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  30. Infact I am agree with all the views of my seniors and now I would like to say that most of Kayasthas have very high position in spiritualism too for example Dr P.S.Satsangi Sb (Retd Director-IIT Delhi), Dr.M.B.Lal Sb (V.C.,Univ Of Lko) and Swami Vivekanand etc so many examples are available to verify it.

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  31. It is good to know about origin of KAYASTHA. But, in my view, if you (all respected readers and followers) are really KAYASTHA just try to know more abou it. As i want to bring your attention at the very first attribute of this cast is “KNOWLEDGE” a powerfull thing in self. and a person who have this sort of attribute does not stuck in such useless and tackey debates. Try to rais above all and do the good thing for your nation and humanity. As you all respected people know thal the cast sysyem in INDIA is based on “Nature of work ” or “Responsibility” a person perform. I do belive in knowing the history of our origin but at end of the discussion it only divides us on the name of the cast and on the name of being superior than others even it also divied our own familiy as a nuclear one. this is the time to awake and to acheive as we are the most capable, intellectual, literate skill group in our nation. Be aware of the words that indicates any specific group or sub group that based on myth.

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    • Yes your absolute correct and welcome it

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  32. i a strongly aggery with all the comment, but on the ground levle the picture is digfferent, there are meny brothers an sisters they need social as well as moral help, so please help them if you found any one

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  33. Plz tell me that all the sub divisions of kayastha celebrate the chitragupta puja by the people of Radhi Kayastha Comunnity do not…..why so?I mean if all the Kayasthas are the deiteis of Chitragupta then why the Radhi Kayasthas dont celebrate it?

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  34. can a kayastha girl marry one yadav boy

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  35. Can a kayashtha boy marry a jain girl

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    • no

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  36. Which title is including of kayasth in Punjab and bengal

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  37. very nice.who write i want to congrats him or her

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  38. I am agree wid d above statemnts bout kayasth ..but i am dissapoint wid d one ritual tat is dowry system .. Dowry is crime for all religion whethe it is kayasth or any.. I request each and evryone to plz stop dowry system.. If u r capable of make ur own identity good job dn y u need bid bang dowry frm any grl ..

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  39. Very nice article. I appreciate the efforts.

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  40. There is a need of some thorough research on the history and development of kayastha community and a sincere effort to instill strong feelings of awareness, togetherness, cooperation, sacrifice, self- pride, duties and responsibilities to the community, society and nation etc., so as to preserve our identity, safeguard our interests and to serve the nation and humanity in a more responsible way.

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  41. Kayastha are best every filde

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  42. all kayasthas sud unite irrespective of dre religious & linguistic difference lyk da marwaris

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  43. all kayasthas sud unite irrespective of dre religious & linguistic difference lyk da marwaris

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  44. all kayasthas sud unite irrespective of dre religious & linguistic difference lyk da marwaris

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  45. all kayasthas sud unite irrespective of dre religious & linguistic difference lyk da marwaris

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  46. all kayasthas sud unite irrespective of dre religious & linguistic difference lyk da marwaris

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  47. all kayasthas sud unite irrespective of dre religious & linguistic difference lyk da marwaris

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  48. I m a kayastha 4Rm assam…a krisna devotee…da rass pooja in assam is an initiatives of kayasthas..80 percent of 3 lacs kayasth lives in nalbari district

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  49. Good article – i am not sure about Kyastha in Himachal Pradesh can you give some light on this.

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  50. “Kayastha” (Assamese Kayastha) are available in Assam, specially found in Kamrup, Nalbari and Barpeta districts. Kayasthas are belongs to General Caste…..Their surnames are as Dutta, Bhuyan, Majumdar, Choudhury, Adhikary, Dutta Baruah, etc. But these surname from other district are not belong to Kaystha community….There are some Bengali Kayastha are also lives in Assam.

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    • Assamese Kayasthas are also there in Morigaon, Nagaon, Jorhat, Sonitpur and Lakhimpur districts of Assam. Apart from the Bhuyans; the Mahantas , Goswamis with their origins to satras are also Kayasthas. Many of them have Khaund, Saikia, Hazarika, Bora surnames given by the Ahom rulers. Of course these titles are also used by other castes and tribes too.

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    • Hi pallavi dutta
      I am hemen dutta
      From nalbari. Assam
      I like to thank you for describes regarding the assamese kayastha on goggle page

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  51. कायस्थ , एक ‘उच्च’ श्रेणी की जाति हैहिन्दुस्तान में रहने वाले सवर्ण हिन्दू चित्रगुप्तवंशी क्षत्रियो को ही कायस्थ कहा जाता है !!
    एक बार स्वामी विवेकानन्द से भी एक सभा मेंउनसे उनकी जाति पूछी गयी थी !!
    अपनी जाति अथवा वर्ण के बारे में बोलते हुएविवेकानंद ने कहा था “मैं उस महापुरुष का वंशधरहूँ, जिनके चरण कमलों पर प्रत्येक ब्राह्मण‘‘यमाय धर्मराजाय चित्रगुप्ताय वै नमः’’का उच्चारण करते हुए पुष्पांजलि प्रदानकरता है और जिनके वंशज विशुद्ध रूप सेक्षत्रिय हैं !!
    यदि अपनें पुराणों पर विश्वासहो तो, इन समाज सुधारको को जान लेना चाहिएकि मेरी जाति ने पुराने जमानें में अन्य सेवाओं केअतिरिक्त कई शताब्दियों तक आधे भारत परशासन किया था !!
    यदि मेरी जाति की गणना छोड़ दी जाये,तो भारत की वर्तमान सभ्यता का शेषक्या रहेगा ? अकेले बंगाल में ही मेरी जाति मेंसबसे बड़े कवि, सबसे बड़े इतिहास वेत्ता, सबसेबड़े दार्शनिक, सबसे बड़े लेखक और सबसे बड़ेधर्म प्रचारक हुए हैं !!
    मेरी ही जाति ने वर्तमानसमय के सबसे बड़े वैज्ञानिक (जगदीश चंद्रबसु) से भारत वर्ष को विभूषितकिया है !!
    ’स्मरण करो एक समय था जब आधेसे अधिक भारत पर कायस्थों का शासन था।कश्मीर में दुर्लभ बर्धन कायस्थ वंश, काबुलऔर पंजाब में जयपाल कायस्थ वंश, गुजरात मेंबल्लभी कायस्थ राजवंश, दक्षिण में चालुक्यकायस्थ राजवंश, उत्तर भारत में देवपाल गौड़कायस्थ राजवंश तथा मध्य भारत में सतवाहनऔर परिहार कायस्थ राजवंश सत्ता मेंरहे हैं !!अतः हम सब उन राजवंशों की संतानें हैं, हम बाबूबनने के लिए नहीं, हिन्दुस्तान पर प्रेम, ज्ञानऔर शौर्य से परिपूर्ण उस हिन्दूसंस्कृति की स्थापना के लिए पैदा हुए हैं जिन्होंनेहमें जन्म दिया है !!

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    • saale chutia hai ye ……….sab agar jaati pe hi viswas karega to hindu ko mull gand marega……………. brahmin kehta hai mai sarvsreshth ……..aur kshtriya mai ……….tum mai…………. sale hindu isi mai chal gaya maa chudwane…………. hazaro baras tak mughlo ne choda ……….phir ek lambi list hai

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  52. Thank Heavens for Autosomal. We are learning about our lineage just recently. India is so interesting! I love India and suspected this to be true, now it definitely is truth. The raw data is the following Brahmin, Bhumihar Brahmin, Kayastha, and Rajput. This includes the West Balkans, Aryan Russians. The British sent the women and children back to India from South America (Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Columbia) regions. The men either stayed or returned later to India.

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  53. Assamese Kayasthas donot have any dowry practices as in rest of India. Like all the other Assamese people they have zero discrimination against a girl child. Most of these Kayasthas migrated from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh around 700 years ago to avoid attrocities by the Muslim rulers then. Religion wise they are mainly Vaishnavites. The great Assamese Vaishnav Saints Srimanta Sankardeva and Sri Sri Madhavdev were Kayasthas.

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  54. kya kayasth bihari hote h?

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    • ये सवाल ही गलत है कि “क्या कायस्थ बिहारी होते हैं”।ये सही होता कि क्या बिहार में कायस्थ होते हैं।बिल्कुल हाँ।बिहार में कायस्थ हैं और कायस्थ बिहारी होते हैं।

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  55. Wonderful website for the importance of scribes and ancient documented histories! We must be a people who show a concern for all Kayastha communities. Especially those flood victims from the Bihar regions and all around.

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  56. It is surprising that neither the Valmik Kayasths of Gujarat [Surat] nor the Mathur Kayasths of coastal Gujarat have been mentioned. We have descended from the UP Kayasths. There is no practice of dowry in our community.

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  57. In Bihar (mithila ) kayastha went to patna high court for there right in SC quota on there untouchable social status,but due to high rate of graduates they were denied.

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  58. kayasth ka bachha kabhi na sachha

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    • jab hathi chalta hi to gali ke kutte bhoknte hi, nitish be shayad……

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    • Aukat me rho

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    • Aukat me rho

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  59. earlier kayastha were shudras,dil ko bahlane ka khyal accha hai kayastha

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    • shayad apni bat bata raha hi nitish,

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  60. According to PADMA PURAN kayasthas are GAUR BRAHMIN.Sri chitragupt trust gorakhpur is publishing a book MAHAKAAL CHITRAGUPT AUR BRAHMA KAYASTHA GAUR BRAHMIN based on true slokas of various puranas like padma,bhagwat,bhavishya,varah,anand ramayan,kali sahasranaam,durga saptsati etc.and true history based on AIN-E-AKBARI,RAJ TARANGINI and GOVERNMENT’A.S.I.REPORTS.This book will answer all the questions and allegations against KAYASTHAS.

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    • HERE IS AN INTRESTING PIECE OF HISTORY FROM MAHARASHTRA tha(Perscution of Kayasthas) —-There were Gramanyas(Religious court proceedings in Benaras) which were advanced against the Kayasthas of Maharashtra during the Peshwa rule also in 800AD and 400AD which lasted individually 8 years, where evidence was collected to prove that the Kayastha community had a right to learn the Sanskrit laungage, and that they have a vedic origin, right to perform upanya (Munja) .The Brahims of those era wanted to upsurge the learning opportunities and also the Vedic heritage, the objections from a section of Brahamins was to deny the Kayasthas the performance of Vedic rituals & learnings.However the learned Preists of Benaras gave their Verdict in favour of the kayasthas after examining the evidence kept before them.Please also be informed that the Peshwas(Brahamins-Kokanastha , Maharashtra section) are themselves settled from Israel(Jews) and devoid of historical records before their advent as Peshwas(Prime-Minister to Maratha rulers )and adopted the Hindu religion and no doubt because of their intelligence & adaptability excelled in sanskrit texts under the guidance of existing Original Brahamins called as Deshastha.They took upteen efforts to destroy the old texts which mentioned Kayasthas as Vedic Clan and that they had the rights for higher learnings,Peshwas(Kokanastha Brahims) also punished those brahamins which had in their custody of such scripts, however their effors could not destroy all the records scattered all over India.One can find all these proceedings in Benaras.The Kayastha Community in Maharashtra had a major role in establishing the Hindavi swarajya of Shivaji Maharaj along with all facets of People diverse in Caste-all major posts and fort incharge were kayasthas, the council of ministers(Advisors) of Shivaji Maharaj had Kaysthas- however this council was destroyed(Killed or jailed) and punishment given as to be killed under the feet of Elephant (because of Swami Nishta-Alliance to the nation rather to an Individual) by the Peshwas,they removed all the kayasthas and other non-Brahamins from Administration and power was upsurged by the peshwas and made hereiditory, which was not so during Shivaji Maharaj rule, and a culture of Brahaminism(untouchability) was introduced(Cult Created) , the result was-DEFEAT OF AN ARMY WHICH WAS 4 TIMES BIGGER, AT PANIPAT, It is said 50% of the army did not fight as the Peshwas treated nON-Brahamins as filth, and shudras.The students(Kokanastha Brahamins) did not learn(refer yudhister-Drona student class) quite well from the original Brahmin Indian teachers about Vedic knowledge, they only Crammed up lessons.IF INDIA STILL FOLLOWS THE CRAMMED VIEW AS WE SEE TODAY IN POLITICS- ONCE AGAIN A PANIPAT IS NOT FARAWAY WHERE ONCE AGAIN WE MAY LOOSE OUR FREEDOM.TO RISE ABOVE WE NEED TO REINTRODUCE THE VEDIC DHARMA(VISHWA KUTUMBHA) IN ITS TRUE FORM AND NOT THE CRAMMED LESSONS.

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  61. Hi gyes, i am sinha from patna Bihar and worked under Indian Audit and Accounts Department as AAO at Gwalior, MP . I proud of my caste because i have our own thinking,thought and do not like to copies from others. i also continued to improve ourself. this is the big power of a human being who gives us by GOD.

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  62. Kayastha are direct surviving descendents of Chitragupta(Yama). Being children of Yama, they are also children of Sun as Yama is the child of Surya who rules over the World of the dead.

    The other child of Surya, Manu, rules over the living Earth. Suryavanshi kshatriyas were descendents of Manu. Kshatriyas of today are Agnivanshi as the Surya and Chandravanshi Kshtriya lineages have ended in Kali Yuga.

    Kayastha thus are related to Suryavanshi kshtriya of yore.

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  63. Kayastha are direct surviving descendents of Chitragupta(Yama). Being children of Yama, they are also children of Sun as Yama is the child of Surya who rules over the World of the dead.

    The other child of Surya, Manu, rules over the living Earth. Suryavanshi kshatriyas were descendents of Manu. Kshatriyas of today are Agnivanshi as the Surya and Chandravanshi kshatriya lineages have ended in Kali Yuga.

    Kayastha thus are related to Suryavanshi kshatriya of yore.

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    • do yu know? Mathur were the ruler in Ayodhya before raghuvanshi emperor.

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  64. very bad experience with kayastha people.they are very selfish.

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    • Why?

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  65. Kis Jamane me reh rahe ho

    Utho jago jatiwaad se upar Utho

    Ek dusre kI Gaand mat maro chutiyo

    Aaj see 25 saal baad koi
    Jaat waat nahi hogi

    Sab chinki hogey!!

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  66. Can any Bengali Kayastha brethren tell me about the surnames of Bengali Kayastha and their equivalent name among 12 subdivisions of Kayasthas such as:
    Mathur, Bhatnagar, Saxena and Srivastava, Gaur, Nigam, Asthana, Suryadwhaj, Ambastha, Karan, Kulshrestha, and Balmiki

    According to https://www.geni.com/discussions/83120, Gaur Kayasthas seem to have settled in Bengal and nearby areas.

    Following is an extract from the said article.

    Shree Sucharu (Gaur): He was a disciple of sage Vashista, Rashi name was Dharamdutta and worshipped Devi Shakambari. Maharaj Chitraguptji sent Shree Sucharu to establish a Kingdom in the Gaud region. Shree Sucharu married Devi Mandhiya, the daughter of Nagaraj Vasuki. The gaurs are divided into five divisions: 1.Khare, 2.Doosre, 3.Bengali, 4.Dehlavi, 5.Vadanyuni. Gaur Kaystha have been further sub divided in 32 Als.

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    • Dey, Kar, Dhar,Deb, Dutta, sen, som, Palit, Guha-Thakurta, Paul*, Shyam, Das*e.t.c.

      * All people benlongs to this surname are not Kayasth

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  67. hello everyone,

    anyone know kuldevi of kayastha

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  68. There are other websites which provide a complete list of Kayastha groups, languages , names. This website is helpful for the general knowledge of traditional customs, which other websites don’t have. So, I’ll leave with our Prasad as from Rajasthan to Andhra Pradesh. Prasad is a Kayastha name of origin found in Rajasthan. Interesting note: Understanding the origin of Vedic names, Natal Charts, and the general way of how a name structure is combined is vital to understanding origins.

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  69. Hi,
    Kayasth descended from Bengal and were rulers of pal dynasty. At the time of attack of Greek army of Alexander on India they hide them selves so Kaya astha means ones who has shoved off his body/identity and is not known by his actual identity. This was a savior to the rulers of Indian dynasties at the time of the Alexandra invasion. As the powerful Greek army was scouting for Kings only for killing the king would automatically bring them victory.
    But the kings saved themselves by hibernating and hiding there identity. The Kings put some dummy/trusted person as ruler and remained attached with the thorn by involving in the day-to-day operations. Since the invasion lasted for many years so the system laid by the actual rulers became reality. And the actual rulers became the administrators.

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  70. hello all,

    cayasthas are bramhin becouse they are son of bramha and i request you to all please help kaystha boy deuring your job becouse they have not any political support jab sabhi asli kyastha kahlaoge. hm logo me igo problem hai ise hatana hoga aur jat valo ka help karna hoga chahe vo mathur bhatnager saxena mohanty patnaik ghos koi ho

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  71. I am told that i am a Radhi Kaystha..when i searched it on the internet i didnt find any clue.When i seached for the sons of Chitragupta i didnt find Radhi Kaystha anywhere.Can u plz help me with this?I want to know what is this Radhi Kaystha?

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  72. I am join kayshta samaj mamber in NAGPUR city please Nagpur mamber list contact number arange.

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  73. as everyone said chitragupt sprung from lord brahma the waht dose the below fact means as meant in kanchipuram chitragupt website

    http://www.kanchipuramchitragupta.com/p/about-temple.html

    The history of Shri Chithragupta Swamy is given in three different versions but is inter- related.

    One version narrates as Lord Shiva gave a picture depicting the rainbow colours which was given life by Goddess Parvathi and eventually became Shri Chithra(picture) Guptha Swamy.

    The second version goes like this….. In order to clear the curse of Shri Indira Devan, Shri Chithragupta Swamy was delivered by Kamadhenu in the Indira Heaven. That is why we avoid cows milk and curd to sanctify the diety of Shri Chithragupta Swamy.

    ‘Chith’ means inner conscience. ‘Aptham’ means hidden conscience. Whatever we hold back in our conscience is brought out by Shri Chithragupta and plans the life of a person. Hence the name Chithragutha.

    Having to account the sins and goodness of crores of people Lord Yama Dharma felt it difficult doing it all alone so he prayed to God Shiva to give him an assistant. Immediately Lord Shiva instructed Brahma to give an assistant to Lord Yama. Brahma knew that this is possible only by Sun God(Surya Devan). So Brahma created a fire within the sun. the sun develops romance and in that romantic mood seven colours of the rainbow integrates and forms into a girl and she became to be known as Neeladevi and she lived with the sun. The relationship results into the delivery of a male child in the tamil month of chithirai and that too on a full moon day hence he was named as Chithraputhiran., The child on delivery carried a book in his left hand and a writing nail in the right. (Since Chithragupthr was born of a rainbow people as sacrifice present him with multi colored clothes).

    Chithraguptar performed penance and prayed to Lord Shiva and in turn he received intelligence and all brilliance. In order to test his powers he began to create. This stunned Brahma the “God of Creation”. This act was complained to Sun God. The Sun God advised his son Chithragupta that he determines the time of human beings by terming day and night likewise you can account for the goodness of human beings. The work of creation is Brahman .

    The sun god decided to get his son married inorder to bring him into control. The Virgins who came as descendants of shiva namely Mayabrahman’s daughter Prabhavathy, Manu Brahmam’s daughter Neelavathy, Viswa brahma who occupied anthanar dharmam whose daughter Karnagi. All there three were married to Chithraguptar. Lord Yama who was annoyed over the way Chithraguptar was maintaining his family in a happy way, complained to his father ‘‘Sun” and ‘Sun God’ immediately sent Chithraguptar to be responsible and help Lord Yama.

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    • very nice knowledge got from here.

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  74. Folks, I can spell two Famous names from Kayasth community who are role models . (1) Mukesh Mathur – Late Mukesh , the Famous Singer .

    (2) Amitabh Bachchan .

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  75. There is a popular quote for Kayastha Community :
    “Kayasth ka bachcha padha bhala ya mara bhala”i.e. The son of Kayastha should be better to seek education or die.

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  76. There was a popular quote for Kayastha Families earlier:
    ” Kayastha ka bachcha padha bhala ya mara bhala”.
    i.e. A Kayastha child should seek good education or die.

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  77. This article is utter gibberish. It positions Kayasthas as Brahmin, Kshatriyas, Shudra and finally Vaishyas. Which one is it?

    The authors lack of scholarship is evident.

    I am a Saksena Kayastha from Lucknow (Shivites) and immensely proud of it. Apparently, my family is a descendant of a Saksena Kayastha Maharaja who died in 1750 leading the Awadh armies against the Rohilla Afghans. His son was Tikait Rai who built the Tikait Rai Tank in Lucknow and the bridge at Kakori.

    People say: If a cobra bites a person he will die but if a Kayastha bites three generations of the victim will die. Metaphorically of course. Bottom line is: don’t mess with Kayasths we are very smart.

    Look around us and we find that while other communities prance around giving themselves airs and graces Kayasths control the levers of power as doctors, lawyers, judges, administrators, engineers, professors, scientists and also some politicians.

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    • Fantastic Buddy……Specially Three Generation Victims……We are really Very smart……Alas! People from lower community wont realize till they are fucked harder….not even after that……kyunki woh chutiye hote hai………..aur hamesha hi rahenge…

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  78. One finds Kayasthas spread all over India specially parts of country ruled by Muslim Rulers like Hyderabad Chennai. In Chennai you have streets named =Hanumanth Lala Street Ishwardas Lala Street In Chennai the Big Mosque Triplicane built by Nawab of Arcot has etched in wall a chronographic plaque in Persia n done sometime in 1757.by Raja Makhan Lal a Saxna This happens to be the only mosque in the world where some work is done by a non muslim

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  79. I am Assamese kayastha from nalbari, Assam. To the best of my knowledge. The kayastha which is called the kaith and They are judgetice, writer and village accountants . mahapurush sri manta sankardev was religious guru of eksaran of Assam who was born in Assamese kayastha family. The kayasthas are inhabitants in district of nalbari, barpeta,nation, kamrup, goalpara, dhubri, lakhimpur mangodoi and bongaigaon. There are 80% kayastha in nalbari.

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  80. Please onlize to quote / write history and brethern who belong to the sub group balmik kayasth out of 12 sub groups. Somebody spell Balmik, somebody spell Balmiki and somebody spell Valmiki. Most known and discussed are Mathurs, Saxenas, Srivastvas etc but not Balmikis.

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  81. I am Bengali Kayastha, Dutta(Bharadawj Gotram) and proud of it.We had also a good heritage of culture and education from ancient times.It is heard we are descendants of a zaminder family near Kolkata. Others views prompted me to append some words at the end..

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  82. Hello , its nice to see so much participation and discussion.
    The problem with us is that we r too much analytical rather collaborative.
    As we a r discussing a lot on the origin but not on the sustainbilty of our community further.
    What i think for any community to visible in society and grow , there should be someone influential person from that perticular community in politics/Academics/..etc and learn collaboration among themselves rather than , Proving our point superior

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  83. Hi every1, it’s nice to see discussion on our Kayastha community. Leaving all the past thing what we were, presently what we are. Let’s talk about what we can do in future, if we unite together.
    I would like to add one example of Sikh community; they support among themselves, and are very respected community of India. Let’s learn from them & unite together and work for the upliftment of our community. Please share the ideas guys to do this. I really want to do something for this.

    Thanks

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  84. In Bengal <Ghosh ,Bose ,Sarkar,Sinha, Mitra , Majumdar, Mallick , Dutta ,Palit , biswas, Chudhary are the surname of Katasthas. (Some more titles are There)

    Like UP,MP, Bihar, Bengali kayasthas are most literate caste, Netaji Subhas bose, JC bose, Swami Vivekanand (Narendra dutta), Bidhan Roy, Jyoti Basu are prominent Bengali kayastha.

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  85. I am from Kerala & i am from Thiyya community(Soldiers Caste). I want to marry a girl from Kayastha community. So will this be entertained by girl’s home.
    I am a well educated boy, Bachelor of Technology holding a well settled job @ Dubai.

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    • No you can’t. Kayastha only marry kayastha or maybe in other upper castes.

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  86. Hi !
    I am Rahul.
    I belong to the the bengali Kayastha Parivar of Jharkhand.

    Actually Kayasthas are neither bramhin nor kshatriya,
    On which we debate maximum time.
    In Veda & Purana, There is complete description of Chitragupta Maharaj ji whom we consider as our Adipurush.
    It states that Chitragupta Maharaj ji inherited all varnas of mankind being Bramhin,Kshatriya,Vaishya and even Shudra.
    Bramha ji created Chitragupta Kayastha after 1000 years of meditation and when he see him.
    He noticed knowledge of bramhin shining in the forehead,
    Muscles like kshatriya in hands,
    Keen eyes like Vaishya & dirty legs like shudras.
    Bramha ji said you have received all of my secret qualities hence will be called “Chitragupta” and as you have completely inherited my kaya(body),
    Your childrens will be called as Kayastha.

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    • so true…….
      kayasthas have performed the role of kings kshatriyas in ancient india and brahmins andother varns in the medivel
      and right now there is no any cast different poeople of different caste are performing differnet roles….

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  87. thats ur poor thinking kayastha were not writers……they were the people to give justice by recording their good and baad deeds same was the job of our father shree chitragupta………
    if u look in the pages of history that in the ancient india kayastha have ruled many parts of india and have done justice to people……my clan has ruled the south state of karnataka for long yr……they belonged to chalukya dynasty…..likiwise all kayasthas has ruled and and performed the role of kshatriyas during mughal rule many of them lost their kingdoms and then performed the jobs that u have stated…..

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  88. In the legends of Shree Chitraguptaji Maharaj, he is referred to as the greatest King, while the rest are rajakas or little kings.
    1. इद राजा राजका इदन्यके यके सरस्वतीमनु ।चित्र इव ततनद धि वर्ष्ट्या सहस्रमयुता ददत ॥ RIG VEDA 8/21/18पर्जन्य

    2.In the Garud Puran, Chitragupta is hailed as the first man to give the script.“Chitragupta namastubhyam vedaksaradatre”(Obeisance to Chitragupta, the giver of letters)
    The Rig Veda mentions an invocation to be made to Chitragupta before offering sacrifice. There is also a special invocation to Chitragupta as Dharmraj (Lord of Justice) to be made at the performance of shradh or other rituals.“Om tat purushaya vidmahe Chitragupta dhimahi tena lekha prachodayata.”

    3.The priests also pay reverence to Shri Chitragupta :“Yamam Dharmarajya Chitraguptaya vain namah.”‘

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  89. I have read many of the comments and i feel so that our community is great, that all we know we are come from good educated family and performs well in which sector we are working on but there is no unity in our kayasta people.. There are many of them that agreed that..

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