Arasu in India

The Arasu have only been reported in India
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Kumara Patta 4,300

Introduction / History

The name "Arasu" means ruler or royalty in the Kannada language. In the late Middle Ages, the Arasu or Urs were the rulers of small fiefdoms in south India. The primary language of the Arasu is Kannada. They also speak Tamil and English. Many Christian resources are available in Kannada including the whole Bible and the JESUS Film.

Where Are they Located?

Most Arasu live in the southern Indian of Karnataka while a smaller group resides in Tamil Nadu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Arasu people either work for the government or they own farmland that is worked by lower castes. Although they are a relatively small people today, they make up a large proportion of the politicians and government administrators of Karnataka. They occupy some of the highest places in south Indian society as educators and teachers of Hinduism. They value education and encourage their children to get college degrees and enter the professions. They live a life similar to people in the West in modern Indian cities.

The Arasu have elaborate customs for their weddings with special garb for the bride and groom. They marry within their group with parents arranging marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family upon the death of his father. Marriage to one spouse is the norm but a man may have more than one wife if he can afford them.

A caste council promotes their interests and settles any legal disputes among the Arasu. The Arasu try to follow their ancient traditions and customs to maintain their cultural identity as high caste members of south India.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Arasu people consider themselves to be devout Hindus and see their religion as part of their cultural identity. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Arasu people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

The Arasu will need humility to trust in Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They need to realize that their Hindu rituals and wealth will not get them right with the one, true God or have their sins forgiven.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arasu in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Arasu people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Arasu families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Arasu people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Arasu people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arasu
People Name in Country Arasu
Population this Country 47,000
Population all Countries 47,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Rajpinde; Urs; Ursu; अरासू
People ID 16227
ROP3 Code 111342
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Karnataka 44,000
  Tamil Nadu 3,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (47,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Kannada (47,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 500
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Bible App Direct Download
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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