India is known for people of diverse
religions, languages and communities. Indian history reveals that
originally there were four groups of people following different
vocations. They were Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras.
Brahmins studied and preached religion, Kshatriyas ruled and
protected the population, Vaishyas conducted business and farming,
whereas Shudras comprised of most of the working classes including
artisans and craftsmen such as janitors, blacksmiths, carpenters.
These vocations were interchangeable. So, belonging to a group was
determined not by birth but rather by profession. However, over a
period of time, this interchangeability became limited due to many
reasons. Thus, professional communities were established and one's
community was determined by birth. Subsequently, each community was
divided into smaller castes and each caste was further divided into
Shri Vishvakarma Dada had 5 sons:
Manu, Maya, Tvasta, Shilpi and Daivagnya. Manu's son where called
Luhana, Shilpi's son where called Kadia, Daivagnya's son where
called Soni and Tvastana's son named Kansara.
Kansara is the name of a community
found in the western India, mainly in Gujarat, Maharashtara,
Madhyapradesh and Rajasthan. Kansara people are expert in mettalergy.
The cast (community) were ,in the passed days, manufacturing the
general purpose handmade utensils of Brass and copper. After entry
of Stainless Steel and Aluminum in utensil market, Kansaras got
setback. Now very few kansaras are found having skill of making
utensils. In Gujarat, Kansaras are concentrated in the cities of
Sihor (Dist. Bhavnagar), Jamnagar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vadodara,
mainly. There are two main sub-cast: Maru Kansara and Gujarati
Kansara. Maru kansaras are believed to be migrated from Marwad years
ago. Total numbers of kansara are comparatively very few. They are
few in numbers, below average in education and economic condition.
They are religious people. They visit frequently to the Nathdwara (Shrinathji)
or Shree Lalvadrayji (LALJI – BHIYAL) Junagadh District of
Saurashta and "FUTDA TEMPLE - GOKUL".