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Their practices are contradictory to orthodox Hinduism. 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.
Aghori – Wikipedia
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. This freedom is vidga realization of the self ‘s identity with the absolute.
Views Read Edit View history. Aghoris are not to be confused with Shivnetraswho are also ardent devotees of Shiva but do not indulge in extreme, tamasic ritual practices.
Hinglaj Mata is the Kuladevata patron goddess of the Aghori. Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend. Because of this monistic doctrine, the Aghoris maintain that all opposites are ultimately illusory.
This page was last edited on 26 Octoberat Though Aghoris are prevalent in cremation grounds across India, Nepal, and even sparsely across cremation grounds in South East Asia, the secrecy of this religious sect leaves no desire for practitioners to aspire for social recognition and notoriety.
Consequently, everything that exists must be perfect 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. Aghoris also hold sacred the Hindu deity Dattatreya as a predecessor to the Aghori Tantric tradition. Children become increasingly aware of their mortality as they bump their heads and fall to the ground.
The practices of the Aghoris are centered around the removal of these bonds. Children become progressively discriminating as they grow older and learn the culturally specific attachments and aversions of their parents.
Part of a series on. They are also known to meditate and perform sadhana in haunted houses.
Dattatreya was believed to be an incarnation of BrahmaVishnuand Shiva united in the same singular physical body. University viday California Press. 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.
An Aghori with a human skull, c. 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.
They engage in post-mortem rituals. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Sunday February 21,p.
Although akin to the Kapalika ascetics of medieval Kashmiras well as the Kalamukhaswith whom there may be a historical connection, the Aghoris trace their origin to Baba Keenaraman ascetic who is said to have lived years, dying during the second half of the 18th century.
The Shape of Ancient Thought: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They come to fear their mortality and then palliate this fear by finding ways to deny it altogether.