“The Ramnamis are a religious sect founded by ‘low-caste Hindus, deemed 'untouchables.’ They were denied entry to temples and forced to use separate wells.
“Tattooing was an act of defiance against caste-based discrimination for the Ramnamis. Writing’s the lord’s name on their bodies was both a rebellion and a message to higher-caste Indians that 'God is everywhere — even here with me.'”
Source: Taylor, Alan. “Tattooing the Name of God on Your Body as an Act of Faith and Defiance.” TheAtlantic.com (Jan 12, 2016)