Visiting Ramnamis Community in Chhattisgarh

#1 Jul 31st, 2012, 20:52
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Dear All

I'm an Indonesian traveler planning to visit India earlier next year. This will be my second visit to the country after my 2009 trip. This time I'm planning to go to Chhattisgarh to visit the Ramnamis community.

The question, is there anybody here who ever visit them recently? Any recommendation of guide or translator since I also planning to make some sort of Documentary?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Fadli
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Fadli

Please see my signature for my trip report to Bastar in Chhattisgarh. It's a bit long, be patient pls. There are some contacts at the end that you may call up for help and discuss this. There are a few NGOs that i had sought help from, they can either be directly involved or can help you get the contacts.

Have a good trip!

-Vaibhav
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dear fadli,
I am living in bastar Chhattisgarh ,and do not understand by Ramnamis community.please explain this to me so that I can give some suggestion to you,and also see vaibhav_arora trip report.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Fadli

Please see my signature for my trip report to Bastar in Chhattisgarh. It's a bit long, be patient pls. There are some contacts at the end that you may call up for help and discuss this. There are a few NGOs that i had sought help from, they can either be directly involved or can help you get the contacts.

Have a good trip!

-Vaibhav
Thank you for the feedback Vaibhav. It really helps me to know more about Chhattisgarh. Will try to reach the NGO before the trip.

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Originally Posted by ghanasar View Post dear fadli,
I am living in bastar Chhattisgarh ,and do not understand by Ramnamis community.please explain this to me so that I can give some suggestion to you,and also see vaibhav_arora trip report.
shakeel rizvi
Hello there Shakeel. Thank you for the response. Actually I have done more internet research, and since you're familiar with Chhattisgarh, I came into a village name of Udkakan. Does is sounds familiar to you? It's one of the village where the Ramnamis are living. Actually Ramanamis are the religious group who have tattoo all over their face and body. Some source also mentioned their name as Satnami. So I'm wondering if you know about the people.
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Oh I forgot, one more question. Any information about current security situation in Chhattisgarh? Any place that I should avoid?
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Fadli

The ideal way would be to list down the places you plan on visiting, request others to let you know what they know of the current security situation and interpret the same while keeping a map handy. As a thumb rule, south Chhattisgarh (Bastar district, especially the western part) is almost completely out of bounds. However, I've not heard of many people visiting remote north CG either (Sanjay Gandhi national park) where the ramnamis live. Central CG such as Raipur, Bhilai, Durg area is busy, industrial and polluted but also very safe.

I would have pointed you to some local newspapers (such as this one: http://www.dandakaranyasamachar.com/INDEX.ASP) but they're in Hindi. If I can dig out the report of a German naturalist who had visited North CG's national parks I'll share with you.

-Vaibhav
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The ideal way would be to list down the places you plan on visiting, request others to let you know what they know of the current security situation and interpret the same while keeping a map handy. As a thumb rule, south Chhattisgarh (Bastar district, especially the western part) is almost completely out of bounds. However, I've not heard of many people visiting remote north CG either (Sanjay Gandhi national park) where the ramnamis live. Central CG such as Raipur, Bhilai, Durg area is busy, industrial and polluted but also very safe.

I would have pointed you to some local newspapers (such as this one: http://www.dandakaranyasamachar.com/INDEX.ASP) but they're in Hindi. If I can dig out the report of a German naturalist who had visited North CG's national parks I'll share with you.

-Vaibhav
Thanks Vaibhav. Finally got some info about this. The Ramnamis community mainly resides in the district of Raigarh, Bilaspur, and near the bank of Mahanadi river. Does the current situation safe enough to travel?

If anyone know any guide or translator that knowledgeable with the area that would be helpful as well.
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Yes ... I had visited Chhattisgarh a couple of months back, nothing caught my eye. It is safe.
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Ramnami Community in Chhattisgarh

FADLI

Well yes, the ramnami community is found in central parts of chhattisgarh and not in the northern parts. It is absolutely perfectly safe to travel to these central regions of the state as there is no security issue here. Members of the Ramnami community are spread over lot of villages and they are not located at one single place. You need to be based at Bilaspur and from there you can cover the entire region. For a normal type of a visit you need about 3- 4 days and if you want to properly document them then you need more time as you will have to track them down and then visit their villages. In any case only a handful of full body tattooed ramnami members exist today however you can easily come across people who have some or the other body part tattooed with the name of lord ram. they are particularly found in the villages on the bank of river mahanadi near Sheorinarayan. I have personally travelled and photographed them. Do let me know if you need anymore information.
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Need Information on Ramnami Samaj of Chattisgarh

@jaspreetbhatia and all


I am planning visit Ramnamis sect of Chattisgarh from a long time. But not getting any proper information about them like
1. name of their villages (at least where I can find the original tattooed people) 2.their festivals or fairs or any special activity they used to perform each year.
3. season to visit those places.
By the way, are these villages safe now a days?

Waiting for your reply.

Thanks in advance,
Kingshuk
#11 Jan 5th, 2018, 11:58
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Hello Jaspreet are you still active Here? I'm currently in Chhattisgarh and looking for some information. Hope you can help. If you read this please send me a message or reply. Thank you.

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