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They are traditionally cattle herdsmen of Maharashtra (and are neither milk seller nor cow owner).
God of Gowari community is Shri Khodekhodvan.
All the districts surrounding these two have population of 10 thousand to 50 thousand.
Like all Hindus, cow is the most sacred animal for Gowaris, but she holds a more special place for them.
On the next day of Diwali, there is a festival known as Govardhan Pooja/ Bali Pratipada. On this day, Gowaris decorate cows beautifully, special worshiping is done and blessings are asked for.
Dhaal pooja is a custom where Gowaris worship a dhaal (made of a long bamboo and more things) denoting deceased unmarried men or women of their family, which had unnatural death. This type of worshiping shows tribal roots of the community.
Marriage within one’s clan is prohibited.
Marriage between a boy and a girl whose maternal uncles belong to the same clan is not allowed.
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A monument named as Gowari Shaheed Smarak has been built in Nagpur near Zero Milestone (the geographical centre of India) to commemorate those who died in this tragedy. Also the nearby flyover (Sitabuldi area, Nagpur) has been named Adivasi Gowari Shaheed flyover which is the longest in Nagpur.
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- The tribes and castes of the central provinces of India Part II Volume III, By R.V. Russell, R.B.H. Lai, Page 160 http://books.google.co.in/books?id=yhV2DkrdNFkC&pg=PA160&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false
- http://gowaricommunity.blogspot.com http://gowari-community.blogspot.com
- MAHARASHTRA : LAND AND ITS PEOPLE. MAJOR CASTES AND TRIBES, page 61, 62, by the Government of state of Maharashtra, India http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/pdf/Land%20&%20People%20%20Final/L%20&%20P%20pdf/Chapter%20II/2%20Major%20Castes%20and%20Tribes.pdf
- 1994 Gowari stampede