Lord Chitragupta is a revered Hindu deity believed to serve as a recorder of the dead, responsible for keeping track of human actions in a register known as Agrasandhani. After a person’s death, he is thought to travel to Yamlok, where Lord Chitragupta judges his actions and determines his fate: ascend to heaven or descend to hell.
Numerous temples dedicated to Lord Chitragupta exist across the country, but a particularly unique one was established 55 years ago in Madhavganj, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. The idol in this temple was installed by the Kayastha community, who have special reverence for Chitragupta God. Every Kayastha family worships Lord Chitragupta and Kalam Dawat.
In the Chitragupta temple of Kayastha Sabha, the deity is enshrined along with his twelve children. Kayastha Sabha President Sharad Kumar Srivastava shared insights into the uniqueness of the statue. He said in an interview with News18, “The image of the Lord kept here is the first idol ever installed in the city. The Lord sits with his twelve sons and Dakshina Nandani. When the idol was installed, a cow gave birth to a calf, which is considered very auspicious. It is believed that all the wishes of the devotees visiting the temple will be fulfilled.”
Reports indicate that daily rituals including yoga and Sundarkan recitations take place in this temple. Varsha Sen, a regular visitor for the past three years, described their routine: “We have been coming to Lord Chitragupta’s temple for three years and doing yoga at 7 am. After 8am Aarti we went home. We also recite Sunderkand in the evening and then perform aarti at 7:30 PM”
It is believed that Lord Chitragupta excelled in writing and keeping accounts, making a pen and a notebook essential for his worship. The worship process usually involves offering prayers to Lord Ganesha and lighting a lamp. During the puja, devotees use sandalwood, turmeric, roli akshat, flowers and incense sticks. After that, the offering consists of seasonal fruits, sweets, Panchamrit (a mixture of milk, ghee, ginger, jaggery, Ganga water) and betel nut.