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Sculpture of a Gowari man in a traditional costume at Shaheed Gowari Memorial, Nagpur

Gowari or Govari is a Hindu caste/ ethnic tribal group predominantly living in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states of India.


The Gowari are traditionally cattle herdsmen in Maharashtra (and are neither milk seller nor cow owner).[citation needed]


The maximum concentration of their population is in the districts of Nagpur and Gondia[1] where they are around 50 thousand to 1 lakh. [clarification needed]

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.


  1. ^ "सर्व्हर दोष !" (PDF). Maharashtra.gov.in. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
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