Introduction / History
Kayastha or Kayasth (meaning scribe or administrator) is an upper caste of India. The Kayasth are usually addressed by a number of synonyms like Lala, Lalli, Lal, Kaith, Kact or Kayath. Other Kayastha groups are found in Maharashtra and South India. Mathur is one of the sub-group of the Kayastha’s caste.
Where Are they Located?
According to the Hindu theology Lord Brahma, the Creator, created Lord Chitragupta out of his own body. When Lord Brahma created the four caste groupings, in the midst of his meditation he found in front of him a radiant human figure holding a pen and an inkpot in his hands as well as a sword girdled to his waist. He formed him out of his own body and named him Kayastha. As a result, reading and writing has been the hereditary occupation of the Kayasthas, the descendants of Lord Chitragupta, and in all governmental institutions.
The Kayasth is described as one who is an inhabitant of Kaayadesh, the region between the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers of north India and many of them can be found living in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, three of India’s least reached states.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The customary occupation of the Kayasth has always been in royal court (pre-colonial time), government or private sectors like village clerks or accountants. We can find most nowadays occupy various levels of government and private services. Some of them are teachers, defense personnel, doctors, engineers, lawyers, academicians and other professionals.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Kayastha is one of the relatively educated Indian group. Most of them are high school graduates and college educated. Education is highly valued within this group and their literacy levels usually are very high. Some only marry within their caste/group only.
The Mathur Kayastha people practice Hinduism, the dominant religion of India. The Kayasth celebrate all major Hindu festivals and often hire a Brahman priest to perform their lifecycle rituals like birth, marriage and death. Many of them worship all gods and goddesses. However, it is the god Chitragupta who comes in for special reverence as their divine progenitor and community deity. They also practice ancestor worship.
What Are Their Needs?
This group of people is highly educated, influential people especially in the government sector. Most are well-off economically, but their spiritual lives are not centered on Jesus Christ.
* Scripture Prayers for the Kayastha Mathur in India.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Mathur Kayastha people to see God’s eternal beyond their present success.
* Pray for gospel workers’ safety and ability to derive strategic plan to locate and to influence the Mathur Kayastha, in order to meet their deep spiritual needs and to reveal God’s provisions for them.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Mathur Kayastha people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.