Kayastha

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Kayastha
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"Calcutta Kayastha", a late 18th-century depiction by Frans Balthazar Solvyns
ReligionsMajority: Hinduism
Minority: Islam[1][full citation needed]
Populated statesUttar Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra
SubdivisionsBengali Kayastha, Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu and Chitraguptavanshi Kayastha

Kayastha is one of the social groups of India. They have a long history. They number around 5–7 million people and most of them live in India.

Hindus believe that Lord Brahma created the world. He then created 16 sons from different parts of his body. His 17th son, Shree Chitraguptjee, was created from his mind and soul.[2] He is the only son to be made from the whole body, not just parts. In human form he is called kayastha, kaya meaning whole.[2] Kayastha's have two roles in the caste system, as Kshatriya (a warrior) and Brahmin (a learned person or scribe). The Kayastha caste is divided into 12 sub-castes.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Muslim Kayasthas of India by Jahanara KK Publications ISBN 978-81-675-6606-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Welcome to Kayastha Parivar". kayasthaparivar.org. 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2011.