Khare is a Hindu family surname found in India among communities of Kāyastha or Kayasth and Kaushik and takes its meaning from the word 'pure'. Kāyastha are said in the Vedas and Puranas to have a dual-caste status, i.e. Brahmin and Kshatriya. They are mainly spread across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, North India and are a sub-sect of Brahmins whose ancient profession was writing. They are the only sect who are referred to as direct “blood” descendants of a Vedic god (Chitragupta) in the religious texts and the only ancestor-worshiping sect of Hinduism.