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October 29, 2016



Chitragupta (Sanskrit: चित्रगुप्त, 'rich in secrets' or 'hidden picture') is a Hindu god assigned with the task of keeping complete records of actions of human beings on the earth. Upon their death, Chitragupta has the task of deciding heaven or the hell for the humans, depending on their actions on the earth. Chitragupta Maharaj (Chitragupta the King) is the patron deity of Kayasthas, a Hindu caste of India and Nepal. He is the son of Lord Brahma and holds a fairly special place in the Hindu pantheon because of the order of his birth.

Lord Brahma had many various sons and daughters in various myth structures, including many seers born of his mind, such as Vashishta, Narada, and Atri, and many sons born of his body, such as Dharma, Delusion, Lust, Death, and Bharata. The story of the birth of Chitragupta is related in different ways, but he is nearly always delineated differently from the other children of Lord Brahma, and a common thread is that he is born directly of Lord Brahma’s body.

Chitragupta is sometimes also referred to as the first man to use letters, and is hailed that way in the Garud Puran. He is known as being incredibly meticulous, and with his pen and paper he tracks every action of every sentient life form, building up a record of them over the course of their life so that when they die the fate of their soul can be easily determined.

Brahma went into meditation for 11, 000 years and when he opened his eyes he saw a man holding pen and ink-pot in his hands and a sword girdled to his waist. Brahma spoke: "Thou hast been created from my body (Kaya), therefore shall thy progeny be known as the Kayasthas. Thou hast been conceived in my mind (Chitra) and in secrecy (gupta), thy name shall also be Chitragupta." Brahma then enjoined him to dispense justice and punish those who violated the dharma.

In the Garuda Purana, Chitragupta is hailed as the first man to give the script.

Chitragupta namastubhyam vedaksaradatre
(Obeisance to Chitragupta, the giver of letters)

There are numerous temples for Chitraguptaji Maharaj. Notable temples of Chitraguptaji Maharaj:

Chitragupta Mahadeva devalayam - temple in Hyderabad, stated to be 250 years old, (near Kandikal Gate, opp to Chatrinaka Police Station), Falaknama, Hyderabad
Chitragupt Mandir on the Bank of KOEL Riveron Chitragpta Ghat , Daltonganj, Medininagar (Palamau) , JHARKHAND, a group of Kayastha Pariwar Built a Temple where a Beautiful Chitrugupta Maharaj Statue..
Chitragupta ji Maharaj temple on the bank of Gandak river on Chitragupta ghat in Hajipur, Bihar
Chitragupta Ji Maharaj with his 12 sons are established in Sewak Sanjaynath Tantrik Kali Mandir, Raxaul, Bihar
Chitragupta Ji Maharaj with his 2 wives and 12 sons are established in Sewak Sanjaynath Kali Nyas Dusmaha Vidhy Mandir,Byepass Road, 70 feet Patna, Bihar.
Chitragupta ji Maharaj temple at Chhata chauk in muzaffarpur, Bihar
Ram Janardan temple and another Shri Chitragptaji temple at the bank of Shipra River at Ram Ghat, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Foota Tal - Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh,
Bhatnagar Sabha - Udaipur a group of Kayastha devotees has built a grand temple of Chitragupt in Udaipur, Rajasthan
A more than 300-year-old famous temple of Shri Chitra Gupta is located in the centre of city in Alwar, where an annual fair is held for darshan and worship of Chitragupta, between Dhantriyodashi to Yam Dwitia in the Hindu month of Kartic (October–November). It is situated between Munshibazar and Delhi Gate, in Alwar, Rajasthan
Kayastha sabha Pratap nagar (Society), [Jaipur] a group of Kayastha devotees has built a temple of Shri Chitragupt Mander, sec-8, Pratap Nagar Jaipur in, Rajasthan
The notable temple in South India dedicated to Chitragupta is located at Kanchipuram,
Dharma-hari-chitra gupta temple (even worshiped by lord Ram, according to legendary belief), Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
Chitragupta Mandir: This temple is situated at about 5 km from railway station, in the heart of the city in front of Jubilee Inter College, Baxipur, Gorakhpur. The foundation of the temple was laid by Justice Vindhyavasini Prasad in the year 1965. The temple has a beautiful architecture and opens for public from 8am-5pm on all days.
Chitragupta Mandir Rae Bareli is a famous temple. Every year on the day of Yamdutiya, a bhavya shobha yatra is organised here. This temple was built by Vijay Kumar Srivastav, a famous personality of Rae Bareli.
Shree Chitragupta mandir - Birganj a group of Kayastha devotees,shree chitragupta samiti, has built a grand temple of Chitragupt in Birganj, Nepal. It is centrally located at Mandir Marg. The temple has a statue entirely made of marble of Makrana.
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