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.

Kasera
Regions with significant populations
India
Languages
Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi
Religion
Hinduism
Related ethnic groups
Tambat and Panchal

EtymologyEdit

The kasera derived their name from kan̩su (Template:Lang-UP, IPA: [kɑɳsũː]), bell metal.[1]

HistoryEdit

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.[2]

Caste groupsEdit

The Kansera belongs to Gujarat, India. Their associated groups live in Maharashtra such as Tambat.[3]

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.[2]

In other states there is no concentration of the people in any particular region and can be found in almost all the places.

People living in Gujarat and Maharashtra are vegetarian.[2][3] People living in other places have mixed eating habits.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ utter pradesh. Popular Prakashan. 2003. pp. 599–600. ISBN 978-81-7991-104-4.
  2. ^ a b c Gujarat. Popular Prakashan. 2003. pp. 599–600. ISBN 978-81-7991-104-4.
  3. ^ a b B. V. Bhanu (2004). People of India: Maharashtra. Popular Prakashan. pp. 929–930. ISBN 978-81-7991-101-3.