MY BODY IS MY TEMPLE
The Ramnami community are casteless, untouchables, dalits. They were leatherworkers once and therefor untouchable. As Hindus they weren’t allowed into the temples, weren’t allowed during ceremonies and had no rights. A cheddar (leather worker) with lepra went into the forest because he didn’t want to make his surroundings ill. He went there to die but instead dying he woke up cured with the name Ram tattooed on his body. He dedicated his life to the god. He gained a lot of followers among the cheddar. All of them started tattooing Ram over their bodies. They formed their own community, without temples or statues nut gathered at houses for praying and worshipping the god. Their body is their temple.