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(Hindu Deity)CHITRAGUPTA

Also known as CHITRAGUPTA MAHARAJ
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God of the death register. Chitragupta means 'rich in secrets' in sanskrit, but they're not necessarily good secrets.

Rumour has it Yama got so confused when dealing with dead souls he went to Brahma to ask for help and he meditated for eleven thousand years. When he opened his eyes there was a man standing before him holding an ink pot and pen, so he called him Chitragupta, assigned him to keep records of every human's actions, lifestyle, good deeds and bad habits, and upon death decide whether they should go to heaven or hell.

In an attempt to put minds at ease i discovered that Chitragupta is considered a perfect professional and keeps meticulous, fair and accurate records, but there is no getting away from the fact that he works for Yama - the god of death - so i'm not convinced.

As Chitragupta Maharaj (Chitragupta the King) he is patron deity of the Kayasthas - the upper class pencil-pushers also known as Brahmans.
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'CHITRAGUPTA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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