Chitragupta is a Hindu God relegated with the assignment of keeping complete records of all activities of people on the earth, and upon their demise, choosing as respects sending them to the paradise or the hellfire, contingent upon their activities on the earth. Chitragupta Maharaj (Chitragupta, the King) is the supporter god of Kayasthas, a Hindu jâti (faction) of India, who follow their root to him. The legend has it that Yama, the Hindu God of death, used to get confounded when choosing the destiny of dead individuals and sending them to damnation or paradise, without any records of their activities on earth.
Yama portrayed his situation to the Creator of the world Brahma and petitioned God for his help. At the occurrence of Brahma, Lord Shiva summoned Chitragupta Maharaj, who was a clone of Brahma himself, to expect obligation regarding this errand. Master Chitragupta is viewed as an immaculate expert and is accepted to keep fastidious, complete and precise records of the activities of every individual, from their introduction to the world till death. We likewise know this in theosophical speech as the “Akashic Records”.
Master Chitragupta initiated existence after Lord Brahma, the Creator, having set up the four varnas — Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra — appointed Dharamraj ( likewise called Yamraj, the lord of death) to keep record of the deeds — great and shrewdness — of all life-shapes conceived but to be conceived on earth, in the sky above and on the terrains underneath. Dharamraj, on the other hand, whined, “O Lord, by what method would I be able to alone keep record of the deeds of the creatures naturally introduced to 84 lakh yonis (life-shapes) in the three universes?”
Master Brahma went into reflection for a long time and when he opened his eyes he saw a man holding a pen and an ink-pot in his grasp and a sword supported to his waist.Lord Brahma spoke: “Thou hast been made from my body (Kaya), consequently should thy offspring be known as the Kayasthas. Thou hast been considered in my brain (Chitra) and in mystery (gupta), thy name should likewise be Chitragupta.” Brahma then urged him to administer equity and rebuff the individuals who damaged the dharma