(also referred to as Kayasth
) is a non-uniform functional group of Hindus
originating in India
. Kayasthas are considered to be members of the scribe caste, and have traditionally acted as keepers of public records and accounts, writers, and administrators of the state.
Kayasthas have historically occupied the highest government offices, serving as ministers and advisors of the middle kingdoms of India and the Mughal Empire, and holding important administrative positions during the British Raj.
In modern times, Kayasthas have attained success in politics, as well as in the arts and various professional fields.
Modern historians and researches do not consider Kayasthas as a uniform caste but a functional group. Kayasthas are not a cohesive, uniform group.
There are several groups of kayasthas. The largest one being the Chitraguptavanshi kayasthas. These include the kayasthas of north-India and Bengal and some other parts of India. There are also other kayastha clans that are not called chitraguptavanshi. These are groups such as the chandrasenvanshi i.e. CKP, Bhimani Kayasthas, Panchob kayasthas, etc.
Only the chitraguptavanshi kayasthas have been discussed on this page.
This page was last edited on 17 May 2018, at 15:08.
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