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that is common in many ethnicities in India.
Traditionally among Brahmins, a Brahmin who has learned all the four Vedas.
Bhatt or Bhatta, meaning a priest or scribe in Sanskrit, is a surname common in most parts of India. This is title given to learned Brahmins. A predominantly Hindu last name, it is found most commonly in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Kumaon and Garhwal in Uttarakhand, Doti, some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and some parts of Karnataka. Among the communities in India with this last name are the Nagar Brahmins,Bhattmewada Brahmins, Audichya Brahmins, Gouda Saraswat Brahmins Gurjargaur Brahmins, Konkanastha and the Smartha Brahmins. Some families in Karnataka also share the surname belong to Havyaka, Shivalli madhva and even Daivajna. In the olden days, the kings used to have the presence of Brahmins for various purposes. People who belonged to the class of Brahmins mainly gave highly influential judgements on the right and wrong decisions in the court, later came to be known as 'Bhatt'. It is believed that because of this, these people possess excellent communication,Judgement and logical argument skills in them. Bhatts was known to keep genealogies of Rajput kings. The earliest reference of Bhatt can be found in Chandragupta's empire. In Mudrarakshasa, while describing different divisions in Chandragupta's army, a reference can be found to Bhatt-Bala. Here Bala means a division, hence Bhatt-Bala would mean a division composed of Bhatt.
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