Asari Viswakarma in India

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

Introduction / History

According to their traditional belief, Asari are descendants of Vishvarkarman, a Hindu deity, the builder of the heavenly realm. Thus, the name, Asari Viswakarma. They are a relatively new caste. The caste system has some flexibility, in that new castes can be created, and others can be discontinued or combined with others.

The Asari Viswakarma people live in Indian states such as Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, and Karnataka. In this region of South India there is a witness for Christ. Local evangelists and churches reach out to their Hindu neighbors. In some Indian states the Asari are classified as an other backward caste. This designation gives them access to government jobs and special university admissions.

The primary language of the Asari Viswakarma is Malayalam. Many also speak Tamil. Many Christian resources exist in both languages including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film. Only a tiny fraction of the Asari are followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Do you ever need a handyman? The Viswakarma Asari peoples have subgroups that are stonemasons, blacksmiths, workers with other metals like gold or bronze, and those who make jewelry. Asari claim Brahmin status although that is not accepted by those outside the community. Most Asari encourage their children to attend universities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These people need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray that the few believers among the Asari Viswakarma people will be loving and bold as they share the blessings of Jesus Christ with their Hindu families and neighbors.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Asari Viswakarma people a hunger and thirst for righteousness that will lead them to Jesus.

Pray for Asari Viswakarma leaders to be blessed by Jesus and recognize that their entire extended families need him as well.

Pray for a church planting movement to spread far and wide among the Asari Viswakarma people of India.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Viswakarma Asari in India.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/01/28


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-28
People Name General Viswakarma Asari
People Name in Country Viswakarma Asari
Natural Name Asari Viswakarma
Pronunciation ah-sar-EE vish-vah-KAR-mah
Population this Country 776,000
Population all Countries 776,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Aasari; Achari; Chettian; Kammalan; Marassari; Panchal; Perumkollar; Sthapathi; Viswabrahman; Viswakarma; विस्वाकर्मा असरी
People ID 21285
ROP3 Code 118108
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 19
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
438,000
Tamil Nadu
281,000
Karnataka
35,000
Puducherry
4,900
Maharashtra
4,300
Andhra Pradesh
3,700
Delhi
1,200
Telangana
1,100
Gujarat
300
Chhattisgarh
200
West Bengal
100
Odisha
100
Goa
100
Rajasthan
90
Jharkhand
60
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 19
  Kerala 438,000
  Tamil Nadu 281,000
  Karnataka 35,000
  Puducherry 4,900
  Maharashtra 4,300
  Andhra Pradesh 3,700
  Delhi 1,200
  Telangana 1,100
  Gujarat 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  West Bengal 100
  Odisha 100
  Goa 100
  Rajasthan 90
  Jharkhand 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (377,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Tamil
302,000
Tulu
9,400
Kannada
6,400
Konkani
1,300
Telugu
1,000
Konkani, Goan
50
Primary Language Malayalam (377,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 302,000
  Tulu 9,400
  Kannada 6,400
  Konkani 1,300
  Telugu 1,000
  Konkani, Goan 50
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  (1841-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
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.
Photo Source Jitendra Vishwakarma 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more