The Kasera or Kansara are a Hindu caste found throughout India. They are mostly found in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Also found in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, UP, Bihar and Rajasthan. They traditionally made utensils and bells.
|Regions with significant populations|
|Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Tambat and Panchal|
Their mythical history associates them with Parshurama (sixth avatar of Vishnu) who exterminated the Kshatriyas. It is said that the Kansaras were Kshatriyas who hid their identity by selling utensils to save their lives. Later, selling utensils became their caste occupation. This story is told in the Kalika Purana, named after their deity Kali.
The Kansara are divided into Gujarati Kansara, Maru Kansara, Sorathia Kansara, and Jamnagari Kansara,Surti Kansara, based on their native place. The Gujarati Kansara live in Wadhwan, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, and Dhrangdhra. They speak the Kathiawar dialect of Gujarati. They traditionally wear kanthi mala.
In other states there is no concentration of the people in any particular region and can be found in almost all the places.