Kayastha Prabhu in India

The Prabhu Kayastha have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu (often called CKP) are an ethno-religious caste, and they have always had have high status. Historian B. R. Sundthankar described them as being equally good warriors, statesmen and writers. They were able to perform Vedic duties that were normally reserved for Brahmins even though they are part of the Kshatrya caste cluster, just beneath the Brahmins. During the Deccan sultanates and Maratha rule eras (especially during the 1400s and 1500s) the CKP individuals were often military officers. During the British colonial era the CKP were among the first to adopt western education. They live in Maharashtra in India. In Gujarat the CPK speak, read and write in Gujarati. They live in Mumbai and other cities and migrated from Madhya Pradesh. They speak Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They get money from their land and work in trade and business. Many of them work in civil defense. They are endogamous (they prefer to marry within their clan or group) and prefer cousin marriages. They discourage widows from remarrying but encourage their women to get a good education. Surprisingly, these high caste Hindus are not vegetarians.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus who worship Ganesh and Vishnu. Some are devotees of Sai Baba and other Hindu swamis.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu need the opportunity to live for Jesus Christ, the only one who can bless them for eternity.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will lead them into a community-wide movement to Christ. Pray that gospel materials will become easily available to them. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the empty grave.


Scripture Prayers for the Prabhu Kayastha in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Prabhu Kayastha
People Name in Country Prabhu Kayastha
Natural Name Kayastha Prabhu
Population this Country 325,000
Population all Countries 325,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Chandraseni; Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu; CKP; Kayastha Prabhu; प्रभु कायस्ता
People ID 17285
ROP3 Code 112658
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 10
Largest States
Maharashtra
300,000
Gujarat
18,000
Karnataka
1,600
Madhya Pradesh
1,400
Goa
500
Telangana
300
Daman and Diu
100
Delhi
100
Tamil Nadu
70
Kerala
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 10
  Maharashtra 300,000
  Gujarat 18,000
  Karnataka 1,600
  Madhya Pradesh 1,400
  Goa 500
  Telangana 300
  Daman and Diu 100
  Delhi 100
  Tamil Nadu 70
  Kerala 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (164,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Konkani
58,000
Hindi
28,000
Gujarati
15,000
Konkani, Goan
6,500
Ahirani
1,300
English
200
Kannada
100
Primary Language Marathi (164,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 58,000
  Hindi 28,000
  Gujarati 15,000
  Konkani, Goan 6,500
  Ahirani 1,300
  English 200
  Kannada 100
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
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General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zume Resources
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more