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Gowari, The herdsman or grazier tribe of Maharashtra,Madhya Pradesh,Andhra Pradesh and Chattighar . The name is derived from gai or gao, the cow, and means a cowherd.


The maximum concentration of their population is in the districts of Nagpur, Chandrapur, Wardha , Gadchiroli, Bhandara ,and Gondia[1] where they are around 3,50,000 to 4,00,000.it is a part of yadav(aheer) community.

Gowari stampede[edit]

Shaheed Gowari Memorial at Zero Mile, Nagpur

There was a stampede during a protest in Nagpur on 23 November 1994 in which 114 people from the Gowari community were killed and more than 500 were injured.

A monument, the Gowari Shaheed Smarak, has been built in Nagpur near Zero Milestone,[2] (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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "सर्व्हर दोष !" (PDF). Maharashtra.gov.in. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived August 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.