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The purpose of embracing pollution and degradation through various customs is the realization of non-duality advaita through transcending social taboosattaining what is essentially an altered state of consciousness and perceiving the illusory nature of all conventional categories.

They come to fear their mortality and then palliate this fear by finding aghkri to deny it altogether.

Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend. Apart from this, any cremation ground would be a holy place for an Aghori ascetic.

They are infamously known for their rituals that include such as shava samskara or shava sadhana ritual worship incorporating the use of a corpse as the altar to invoke the mother goddess in her form as Smashan Tara Tara of the Cremation Grounds.

This ideal example serves as a prototype for other Aghor practices, both left and right, in aghlri and in daily life. At the Athori Hand of God. Aghori An Aghori with a human skull, c. Views Read Edit View history. Their patients believe the Aghoris are able to transfer health to, and pollution away from patients as a form of “transformative healing”, due to the believed superior state of body and mind of the Aghori.

By zghori this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Aghoris also hold sacred the Hindu deity Dattatreya as a predecessor to the Aghori Tantric tradition.

Their practices are contradictory to orthodox Hinduism.

Aghori – Wikipedia

Children become increasingly aware of their mortality as they bump their heads and fall to the ground. Aghori practice healing through purification as a pillar of their ritual.


An Aghori with a human skull, c. Part of vidyya series on. They engage in post-mortem rituals. The cremation grounds near the yoni pithas51 holy centers for worship of the Hindu Mother Goddess scattered across South Asia and the Himalayan terrain, are key locations preferred for performing sadhana by the Aghoris.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Although the Aghoris enjoy close ties with the Shivnetras, the two groups are quite distinct, Shivnetras engaging in sattvic worship. Aghoris base their beliefs on two principles common aghodi broader Shaiva beliefs: Hari Baba has said on several occasions that human babies of all societies are without discrimination, that they will play as much in their own filth as with the toys around them. The Aghori Sanskrit aghora [2] are a small group of ascetic Shiva sadhus.

Nandi Tantrism Jyotirlinga Shiva Temples. They believe that all human beings are natural-born Aghori. Because of this monistic doctrine, the Aghoris maintain that all opposites are ultimately illusory. Consequently, everything that exists must be aghoori and to deny the perfection of anything would be to deny the sacredness of all life in its full manifestation, as well as to deny the Supreme Being.

Pollution, Death and Healing in Northern India”. The Shape of Ancient Thought: The practices of the Aghoris are centered around the removal of these bonds. The gurus and disciples of Aghor believe their state to be primordial and universal.

Lord Dattatreya, an agori form of Shiva closely associated with the vidyx ground, who appeared to Baba Keenaram atop Girnar Mountain in Gujarat. Retrieved 14 February In Hindu iconography, Tara, like Kaliis one of the ten Mahavidyas wisdom goddesses and once invoked can bless the Aghori with supernatural powers.


Here, Kina Ram is buried in a tomb or samadhi which is a centre of vidta for Aghoris and Aghori devotees. Children become progressively discriminating as they grow older and learn the culturally specific attachments and aversions of their parents. They are also qghori to meditate and perform sadhana in haunted houses.

Social History of Medicine Dattatreya is revered in all schools of Tantra, which is the philosophy followed by the Aghora tradition, and he is often depicted in Hindu artwork and its holy scriptures of folk narratives, the Puranasaghodi in Aghori ” left-hand ” Tantric worship as his prime practice.

Hinglaj Mata is the Kuladevata patron goddess of the Aghori. An aghori believes in getting into total darkness by all means, and then getting into light or self realizing.

Although akin to the Kapalika ascetics of medieval Kashmir ahhori, as well as the Kalamukhaswith whom there may be a historical connection, the Aghoris trace their origin vida Baba Keenaraman ascetic who is said to have lived years, dying during the second half of the 18th century.

University of California Press. Monday February 22, p. They often dwell in charnel groundssmear cremation ashes on their bodies and use bones from human corpses for crafting kapalas skull cups which Shiva and other Hindu deities are often iconically depicted holding or using and jewelry.

The most popular of the ten Mahavidyas who are worshiped by Aghoris are DhumavatiBagalamukhiand Bhairavi.