Viswakarma in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 39 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Telugu 1,221,000
Tamil 687,000
Kanchari 259,000
Vadrangi 233,000
Kammari 229,000
Kansali 185,000
Pandy 88,000
Sozhia 46,000
Thacchan 22,000
Kumbakonam 12,000

Introduction / History

Vishwakarma of India are also known as Vishwa Brahmin. They are followers of Vishvakarman, the Hindu presiding deity of all craftsman and architects, from whom all Vishwakarma claim to have descended. Hence, today the term Vishwarkama denotes a community or group of castes of artisans from India. These castes are the goldsmiths, carpenters, blacksmiths, copper-smiths, and stone-masons.
Their claim of Brahminism is based on their claims of lineage from the Hindu God, Vishvakarman who is believed to be the lord of creation. Also, they claim that it was the Vishvakarmas who are the real architects of the Indus Valley.
The Viswakarma made chariots for ancient kings. The Vishwakarma played a vital role in the Indian village economy where their communities are widely spread across the country. They considered themselves missionaries of civilization, culture and religion as they spread Hinduism through their arts and crafts. The Viswakarma have contributed greatly to Indian civilization and culture as city and temple builders, engineers, architects, and artists. In ancient India, Vishwa Brahmin were highly regarded. However, they are not as highly esteemed by the Brahmins, the priestly castes. The origin of this belief is largely unknown, but one reason was the refusal of Brahmins to recognize the status of the Vishwakarma to be at par with their own status. The Vishwakarma have also rejected the leadership and supremacy of the Brahmins and have set themselves up as Hindu spiritual guides and religious teachers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Viswakarma communal identity has always been strongly tied to their profession. With industrialization and more recently, globalization, the traditional artisan trade has been greatly affected. The economic and technological forces are bringing their traditional professions to extinction. This has contributed to a sort of identity crises, being unable to identify with the upper castes or the lower castes. They also have a rather unpopular history (until the 1980s) of identifying with the communists. Their socio-economic status varies from a very high level to the low level in different parts of India. The Viswakarma tend to earn high wages in cities because of their factory employment and lower wages in rural villages.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Viswakarma claim of "Brahminism" is based on their lineage from the Hindu creator God, Vishvakarman. 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. The Viswakarma 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
The main yearly holidays of the Viswakarma 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.
The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system.


What Are Their Needs?

The Viswakarma people need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ. He alone can provide them with the forgiveness of their sins and the hope of eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Viswakarma in India.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Vishwakarma a willingness to investigate the message of Jesus Christ.
Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Vishwakarma this decade.
Pray for the Lord to send out Indian believers to the Vishwakarma to tell them about Jesus.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-10
People Name General Viswakarma
People Name in Country Viswakarma
Population this Country 7,647,000
Population all Countries 7,654,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 153
Alternate Names Achari; Achari Thacher; Achary; Akkasale; Asari; Asari Oddi; Brahmalu; Chettian; Chola; Gejjigar; Kamar; Kammalan; Kammalar; Kammiyar; Kamsala; Kannalan; Kannalar; Kollar Ponkollar; Manu; Mukkuvar; Ojali; Ozuu; Pancha Brahma; Panchal; Panchal Brahma; Panchala; Pandithattan; Pandya; Pathuria; Shilpi; Silpi; Sozhia; Sthapathi; Sthapathulu; Sutar; Thocher; Vaddra; Vishvakarma; Vishwa Brahman; Vishwa Brahmin; Vishwabrahman; Vishwakarma; Viswa Brahman; Viswabrahma; Viswabrahman; Viswajana; Viswakammala; Vojali; Waggai; विस्वाकर्मा
People ID 18314
ROP3 Code 113861
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - Viswakarma
People Group Viswakarma
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 39 (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 1,221,000
  Tamil 687,000
  Kanchari 259,000
  Vadrangi 233,000
  Kammari 229,000
  Kansali 185,000
  Pandy 88,000
  Sozhia 46,000
  Thacchan 22,000
  Kumbakonam 12,000
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 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu
2,670,000
Andhra Pradesh
2,004,000
Karnataka
1,262,000
Kerala
901,000
Telangana
486,000
Maharashtra
233,000
Puducherry
35,000
Goa
17,000
Delhi
11,000
Odisha
9,300
Gujarat
7,500
West Bengal
4,400
Chhattisgarh
2,200
Madhya Pradesh
1,700
Assam
900
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 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Tamil Nadu 2,670,000
  Andhra Pradesh 2,004,000
  Karnataka 1,262,000
  Kerala 901,000
  Telangana 486,000
  Maharashtra 233,000
  Puducherry 35,000
  Goa 17,000
  Delhi 11,000
  Odisha 9,300
  Gujarat 7,500
  West Bengal 4,400
  Chhattisgarh 2,200
  Madhya Pradesh 1,700
  Assam 900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (2,843,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil
2,504,000
Kannada
988,000
Malayalam
940,000
Marathi
172,000
Tulu
97,000
Konkani, Goan
56,000
Hindi
44,000
Konkani
21,000
Gujarati
2,700
Odia
2,300
Ahirani
2,200
Bengali
1,600
Khandesi
500
Kodava
300
Chhattisgarhi
200
Primary Language Telugu (2,843,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Tamil 2,504,000
  Kannada 988,000
  Malayalam 940,000
  Marathi 172,000
  Tulu 97,000
  Konkani, Goan 56,000
  Hindi 44,000
  Konkani 21,000
  Gujarati 2,700
  Odia 2,300
  Ahirani 2,200
  Bengali 1,600
  Khandesi 500
  Kodava 300
  Chhattisgarhi 200
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.87 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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