The Aghori Sadhus are considered to be the most revered and feared sect of the Hindus. Their lifestyle, being quite unconventional and different from that of the civilised world, is the most attractive aspect about them that makes them a matter of common curiosity among the masses. Let’s find out the deepest darkest secrets of the Aghori Sadhus.
1. Shiva devotion
Aghori Sadhus belong to the Shaiva sect, i.e. they are the worshippers of Lord Shiva. They believe that Shiva is the only power that controls the world and is the ultimate destination of Nirvana.
2. Universal medicine
Aghoris believe that they have a cure to all the ailments and diseases of the humans. They extract special oils from the dead human corpses and make medicines out of them, usually believed to be effective.
3. Survival in harsh conditions
The Aghori Sadhus are one of the toughest people on earth. They can survive scorching heat of the plains and freezing cold temperatures of the snow clad Himalayas without any covering on their body.
4. No distractions
There is a reason why Aghoris remain filthy and dirty. They believe that in order to reach the ultimate almighty, one must not get distracted by small things like cleaning up or covering bodies with material. This is the reason that they do not cut their hair as well.
5. Meditation over corpses
After entering a state of trance due to the chanting of mantras, the Aghori Sadhus sit over the dead corpses in the cremation grounds and meditate there for such areas serve as a pathway to the celestial.
The Aghori Sadhus wear minimal clothing and are not embarrassed with their bare body. They renounce worldly pleasures to be in oneness with God and being naked is one of the ways to do it.
7. No hatred
Aghoris dwell far away from worldly hatred. They symbolise harmony with whatever Lord Shiva has in store for them based on their past Karma. This is important in order to attain Moksha.
8. Clothes and accessories
Aghoris usually renounce clothing, yet, they cover their bodies with the ash found in the cremation grounds near the burning pyre of human corpses. They accessorise themselves with human bones and skulls.
9. Sexual rituals
Aghoris indulge in sex, with the assent of women, over the dead corpses of humans in the cremation grounds. Drums are played during sex and this activity takes place, not for achieving pleasure but to enter a state of trance.
10. Cannibalism and flesh-eating
Aghoris feed on dead human flesh. They eat them raw or smoke them. This practice, though illegal is the most astonishing and takes place openly on the Ghats of Varanasi.
11. Tantric powers
Tantric powers are possessed by a majority of Aghoris. They also indulge themselves in black magic and are said to contain supernatural powers in them once they start chanting fruitfully strong mantras.
12. Use of marijuana
Aghoris can be seen smoking marijuana openly. For them marijuana is not a means to get high but a channel to enter a state of trance that would take them closer to divinity through meditation thereafter.