Aghori tradition in India

Aghori is a word of Sanskrit language which is the oldest language of India. In Sanskrit language it means something which is difficult or terrible. Aghori’s are the community or group which lives like a life of Nomad and mostly there residence is crematorium grounds. They lives a life like as Shava (A dead body) o worship his god Shiva. They eat putrid flesh of corpses and drink alcohols, urine, human oil extract from the dead bodies .

What is the life of Aghori ?

Aghori’s are the group of vamacharis ascetics or shava sadhus. They often lives in crematoriums, they always smears crematorium ashes on their bodies. They also use bones of human dead bodies to garland and to decorate him and performing different rituals of worshipping. They specially use kapalas (skulls of human body) to drink or eat anything inside it and also to perform the art of black magic. They lives in dense forest and not commonly found everywhere in societies or temples.

Who was the first Aghori?

According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva was the first one who lived a life of Aghori in this universe. The significance of his Aghor life was found in different epics where they described the life of Lord Shiva and their nature of life. He also used ashes of crematorium to cover his body, he also lives in dense forest, and he is performing the art of deep meditation by which he also names ad AdiYogi.

When Lord Shiva united with Adishakti which is also known as Mata Parvati or Mata sati he had to sacrifice his nature of Aghori to marry with Mata Parvati.

How to become Aghori?

To become an Aghori is a very different task and it’s very hard for common people to live like a Aghori. This process takes several years of hard practices in the crematorium ground the first step is social boycott in which you have to break all relations with your families, societies or relatives. Every day you have to pass through the great difficulties. Aghori’s have to eat human flesh, urine, extract of human beings, animals flesh, half burn dead bodies etc. They also practice chanting of mantras and deep meditation between the corpses.

What Aghori’s like most?

Aghoris are fond of marijuana to reach in the extra ordinary life of Nirvana , The delusions of marijuana provides them religious heightened and take them to different spiritual experiences. They also offer the same to their disciples to increase the power of thoughts in their mind.

They also fond of performing black magic and do chanting of different black magic mantras all the time. They also fond of alcohols and eating flesh of human bodies.

To whom do they worship?

Aghori’s are the follower of deity Shiva and his female counterparts, the goddess Kali. They performed hard practices of mantras to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva to live their lives whereas they worship goddess Kali to be powerful in the art of performing Black Magic.

What is the Philosophy of Aghori?

The Aghori believes that Lord Shiva is the one who is responsible for all that is happening in the universe. Shiva is the only power which controls everything in the world. They told that everything in this world which Is living or dead is made by Lord Shiva and you cannot hate with anything whether it is good or bad, clean or dirty, man or animal, sky or earth, dead or alive, urine or milk, excrement of human or skulls of corpses. If you have any single feeling of hate in your mind you ca never reaches to the Lord Shiva. As similar Shiva does not have any hates in his mind or soul for anything of his world.

Where Aghori lives ?

Aghori’s are always lived near the shore of river Ganges. But the main centre of Aghori’s in India is in Varanasi.  There is a place called Kina Ram’s Ashram located in Ravindrapuri Varanasi. Baba Kina Ram’s is buried in a tomb or Samadhi which is a centre of pilgrimage for Aghori’s.


What are the Powers of Aghori’s?

The Aghori’s claims that they have medicines of every disease whether it is any hard to hard disease such as cancer, Aids etc. They extract human oil from the dead bodies burning from the pyre and use it as a medicine.

The taboo sexual activities are performed by Aghori’s in the crematorium ground, They said only they have the power to perform sexual activities with the dead bodies.

They also have the power of eating dead corpses in shamshan which normal people cant.

They are also experts in black magic and they have the power of healing anyone during his bad time or diseases with the power of mantras and rituals of black magic performed by them. They are close to the nature as they lives in dense forest so they claims to survive in difficult conditions without food and water which normal people cant do. They lives sacred life without any intention of social reorganization.

What is the difference between Aghori’s and Naga Sadhus?

In the present world of kalyug Aghoris are the living form of Lord Shiva whereas Naga Sadhus are the followers of Lord Shiva, Aghori’s are always eat flesh of human and animals whereas Naga Sadhus eats vegetarian food as well. Naga sadhus lived in different Akhara’s under the instructions of Guru instead of that Aghori’s lived in crematoriums and Lord Shiva is the only guru of Aghori’s. The Naga Sadhus are naked Sadhus the ash smeared on their bodies is the only cloth for him but the Aghori’s use black clothes and animal skins to cover their bodies.

Main facts of Aghori’s

  1. Aghori’s will never get married as the spend his whole life in crematoriums so its not possible for them to live a married life while performing these kind of activities.
  2. After the death of Aghori they never did cremations of their bodies. They only throw their bodies in to the river Ganges to wash all of sins of his life.
  3. They never lived socially as according to their living styles normal peoples are scared of them as they performed the different rituals with dead bodies so they are socially boycott.
  4. They can never be vegan as they always used humans and animals fleshes to eat.
  5. They are the epitome of sacrifice as they sacrifice all his basic need like clothes, food, sleep and subject his life to extreme practices.

Dr Atul Kumar Singh Parmar

Dr Atul is a graduate of R.B.S College Agra after the graduation did his Masters in Arts (English) Later pursued Bachelor of Education and Doctorate in English fro Agra University Agra. He has been been engaged in the tourism trade since 1995 , Worked as Govt Of India approved tour escort till 2011, He is promoter of 10thGate Tours dba S.A.M Tours and Travels. He is an avid traveler and travel writer with expertise in tours and travels, history, literature, architecture, social and political.

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