Karan (caste)

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Karan or Karanam or Mohanty is writer caste in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. They fulfill same functions of Kayasthas elsewhere.[unreliable source?][1]


The name Karan in Sanskrit means a doer.The derivation of Mohanty is obscure.[1]

Religion and culture[edit]

The Karans like the Kayasthas claim to have descended from Chitragupta.They are divided into two subcastes in Orissa viz. Jhadua and Utkal.Some of them claim Brahminical Gotras yet some seem to be totemistic in origin.They claim to be Smarthas and observe holidays and sacraments like all other Hindus.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Russell, Lai, R.V., R.B.H. (1995). The tribes and castes of the central provinces of India, Volume 1. Asian Educational Services. pp. 2231 pages(see pages:343–345). ISBN 9788120608337.