Chhattisgarh Ramnami Samaj unique culture and tradition of lord ram’s name on the whole body.

Lord Ram is worshiped by all of us.

We all go to temples to worship God.

On the other hand, Ram resides in every pore of the people of the Ramnami community.

The people of this society have made their own body a temple after being stopped from going to the temple.

 Our body is the temple… Ram resides in every rom of Ramnami sect, and the story behind it is very interesting

Lots of political pieces of bread are baked in the name of Lord Ram.

Apart from these, there is a Ramnami sect in Chhattisgarh,India in whose every hair Lord Ram resides.

Lord Rama is there from body to mind. For this community, Ram is not just a name but an important part of their culture.

These Ram devotees are called ‘Ramnami’.

His devotion to Ram is also such that his whole body is tattooed with the name ‘Ram’.

Ram’s name on every part of the body, Ramnami chadar on the body, peacock feather turban on the head, and ghungroo are considered to be the identity of these Ramnami people.

Devotion and praise of Maryada Purushottam Lord Ram is the only aim of his life.

Five main symbols of the Ramnami sect

 

There are five main symbols of the Ramnami sect.

These are Bhajan Khamb or Jaitkhamb, tattooing the name of Ram-Ram on the body, wearing a white cloth with Ram-Ram written in black on it, chanting while playing ghungroo, and wearing a crown made of peacock feathers.

The Ramnami community states that the immense devotion of the devotees of Shri Ram is beyond any limit.

The expansion of Lord Ram is widespread in the Indian public for thousands of generations.

This sect was founded in Charpara, a small village in Janjgir-Champa district of Chhattisgarh state.

A Satnami youth Parshuram did it around 1890.

For the Ramnami sect of Chhattisgarh, the name Ram is an important part of their culture.

Such a culture, in which there is a tradition of perpetuating the name of Ram in every particle.

what is the Ramnami sect?

It is said about the Ramnami sect in Chhattisgarh that Ram-Ram and the name of Ram are part of their culture, tradition, and habit.

Ram resides in every particle of this community.

The name Ram resonates all the time in his life.

The Ramnami Samaj keep the name of Ram in every pore of their body.

That is, the name of Ram is tattooed on the whole body.

From the walls of the houses to the tattoos on the body, Ram is there.

These people also greet by taking the name of Ram.

Their Ram does not reside in the temples but in the body.

People of the Ramnami sect say that our body is the temple.

The Ramnami Samaj, also known as the Ramnami sect, is a religious and social community that is closely associated with the Ramnami movement in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

As mentioned earlier, the Ramnami movement revolves around the practice of tattooing the name of Lord Rama on one’s body, particularly on the forehead, as a symbol of devotion and a way to express their faith.

How did the Ramnami tradition start

It is said that when the Bhakti movement was at its peak in India, people of all religions were getting their deities registered. At that time neither the idol nor the temple came in the Dalit community. They were even denied the right to stand outside the temple. A century ago, the people of the Ramnami community were also not allowed to enter the temple by telling them that they belonged to a small caste. Also, the use of water from collective wells was banned. After this, his faith in Lord Rama started.

Ramnami Abandoned both the temple and the idol

After this incident, the people of the Ramnami sect abandoned both the temple and the idol. He made Ram reside in every pore of his body and made his body a temple.

Now all the people of this society are following this tradition and their identity is different.

 

Digvijay Singh shared his story

Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijay Singh wrote in a tweet that on the banks of the Mahanadi in Chhattisgarh there are people of the Ramanami sect, who were not given temple entry by the upper caste.

In 1890, Mr. Rashuram, who belonged to the underprivileged class, got the name Ram tattooed all over his body.

Presently more than 20 generations of the Ramnami community have passed.

Mehtar Lal Tandon of the Ramnami sect is 76 years old.

Telling his story, he said that 54 years ago, I had got the name of Ram written on his body in Ayodhya itself.

Then I was 22 years old.

We went to Ayodhya on Ram Navami.

There a priest had written the name of Ram on my face.

When he came to the village, he got the name of Ram written all over his body.

So, will be with me till death.

Ramnami is a pure vegetarian

This society considers Saint Dadu Dayal as its original man. The sect not only gets Ram’s name tattooed on the body but also follows the path of non-violence. They neither lie nor eat meat. This Ram story is of a community called Ramnami who settled in this country.  identity is only by the name of Ram emerging on his body and the peacock crown sitting on his head. If you want to see the strangeness of this community, then definitely attend the Bhajan fair held in some villages of Chhattisgarh once.

Ramnami the population is less than one thousand

To save our heritage, it is a rule in this society that a two-year-old child gets a tattoo of Ram’s name on his chest. Ramnami Samaj has also done legal registration to preserve its existence. They elect their chief every five years and follow their chief. Their population in Chhattisgarh is less than five thousand.

Awakening the spark of devotion by getting Ram’s name tattooed

Tattooing the name of Ram all over the body, wearing clothes written in the name of Ram, and awakening the devotion of Ram, is a unique tradition of devotion to Ram among famous people.

Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh (Nipr). Tattooing the name of Ram all over the body, wearing a crown of peacock feathers on the head, and wearing clothes with the name of Ram written on them, there is a unique tradition of devotion to Ram among famous people. This tradition has been going on for 105 years.

 

Such devotion is seen every year on the first, second, and third day of the Shukla Paksha of the month of Push. The Ramnami Mela is organized every year by the All India Ramnam Mahasabha, in which followers perform this unique type of devotion. This time the fair was held in Kodwa village of Balodabazar district, which was the 105th Dharma Mela.

 

Since then followers make tattoos of Ram’s name all over the body. They say that Ram resides in every human being. That’s why we address him as Ram-Ram and remember Lord Shri Ram. A grand procession was taken out on the first day of the fair. On the second and last day, Ramcharit Manas was recited and Ramnaam was chanted. With this, the fair came to an end.

 

Idol worship is against

The religious teacher told that basically the people belonging to the Satnami community are Ramnami. They worship Baba Gurughasi Das in the form of Guru and Lord Shriram in the form of Aaradhya. Whether it is a woman or a man, everyone gets the name of Ram tattooed on their body. They do not use meat or alcohol. Adopts good conduct, but is against idol worship.

 

The election of a religious teacher takes place 

Vijay Dhritalhare, secretary of All India Ramnam Mahasabha, told that in the Ramnami Mahasabha, a religious teacher is also elected, who is pure in mind, words, and deeds. He alone is given the status of a religious teacher. Our Mahasabha is such a religious organization, which does not accumulate wealth. Religious leaders lead a life like normal person. The received cooperation amount is used in public service.

 

Ram even in the tongue

Brahmachari Acharya Kartik Ram Sadhu is blind. The name of Ram is tattooed all over his body and the name of Ram is also tattooed on his tongue. At the age of 17, he got this tattoo done on the most delicate part of his body, the tongue.

 

Some traditions end with time 

Shriram Kosir of the society said that after marriage, there was a tradition of not taking food and water from the hands of the bride until the name of Ram was inscribed on her body, but it ended with time.

 

The Ramnami Samaj has faced challenges and discrimination from orthodox Hindu groups, and its members have been historically marginalized and stigmatized due to their distinctive practices. However, for the Ramnamis, the act of inscribing the name of Lord Rama on their bodies is a central aspect of their identity and a demonstration of their deep religious convictions. Over the years, efforts have been made to raise awareness and promote understanding of the Ramnami Samaj and its beliefs, as well as to address the social issues faced by its members.

 

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