Vilkurup Viswakarma in India

The Viswakarma Vilkurup have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
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Introduction / History

Viswakarma are a large group of Hindu people who live in India and Sri Lanka. They are followers of Visvakarman, the Hindu god of craftsmen and builders. The Viswakarma claim to be descendants of this god. Hence, today the term Viswakarma denotes a community of artisans. They are goldsmiths, carpenters, blacksmiths, copper workers and stonemasons. Their caste has ancient roots being referred to in the Hindu Vedas. Some believe that they made chariots, armor and weapons for royalty.

The Viswakarma played a vital role in the Indian village economy. They consider themselves spreaders of Hindu civilization, culture and religion through their art and crafts. They have contributed greatly to Indian civilization and culture as city and temple builders, engineers, architects, and artists.

In ancient India, Viswakarma where highly regarded. However, they are not as highly esteemed today by the Brahmins - the priestly Hindu caste. The origin of this ancient feud is largely unknown, but one reason was the refusal of Brahmins to recognize the status of the Viswakarma as equals. The Viswakarma have rejected the leadership or supremacy of the Brahmins. They have set themselves up as spiritual guides and religious teachers for other Hindus.

The two main languages or the Viswakarma are Telegu and Tamil. They also speak other regional Indian languages such as Malayalam, the language of Kerala.


Where Are they Located?

This Viswakarma group only lives in Kerala, a state in southwestern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Vilkarup Viswakarma communal identity has always been strongly tied to their professions as craftsmen. With industrialization and more recently, globalization, their traditional artisan trades are declining. Their socio-economic status varies from a very high level to the low level in different parts of India. They tend to earn higher wages in cities but lower incomes in villages.

The Vilkurup Viswakarma marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit their father’s property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family. Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vilkurup Viswakarma practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon, especially Viswakarman, the god of craftsmen. 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 Vilkurup Viswakarma visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Viswakarma peoples are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vilkurup Viswakarma need help in learning new job skills as their ancient occupations are disappearing. They need to understand that Hinduism will not get them right with a holy, personal God. The Vilkurup Viswaskarmas must hear and respond to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Viswakarma Vilkurup in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Vilkurup Viswakarma 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 Vilkurup Viswakarma families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Vilkurup Viswakarma people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18314/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishwakarma_(caste)
https://www.facebook.com/VishwakarmaCommunityHeros/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/Now-BJP-plans-to-focus-on-Viswakarma-community/article14418427.ece
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/08/10
https://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=41239
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Ho8mA_t9g


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Viswakarma Vilkurup
People Name in Country Viswakarma Vilkurup
Natural Name Vilkurup Viswakarma
World Population 12,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Vilkurup; विस्वाकर्मा विलकुरूप
People ID 21292
ROP3 Code 118115
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
Kerala
8,300
Tamil Nadu
4,100
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
  Kerala 8,300
  Tamil Nadu 4,100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Malayalam (8,300 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Tamil
4,100
Primary Language Malayalam (8,300 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 4,100
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
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 Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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