Who are Naga Sadhu? What is the purpose of Naga Sadhus? Are they dangerous or are just worshippers? These are the questions that have been in dark for a long time about Naga Sadhus. They are one of the most secretive clans in the history of India and they rarely talk about themselves and their abilities.
Let’s see some unseen facts on the world of Naga Sadhus.
1. Origin of Naga Sadhus
It is said that the clan emerged more than 2500 years ago. According to Indian storytelling, some 2500 years ago appeared a man who became known as Adi Sankaracharya, India’s greatest philosopher, prolific commentator of ancient texts, poet, and for our purpose here, the greatest organizer of the ancient tradition of Yogis, the founder of the monastic order known as Sannyasis. He was the one who brought the concept of Naga Sadhus.
2. Rise of Naga Sadhus
About 1500 years later, a number of lineages of Naked Yogis, or Naga Babas from among Shankaracharya’s order of Sannyasis, formalized even more ancient bonds into an association called The Akhara.
The Akhara’s collected lineages look back for their origins to the Age of Treta, countless thousands of years ago, the age of the epic poem, The Ramayan. All the Naga Sadhus still maintain strong ties with the Akharas.
3. Naga Sadhus are Trained Warriors
Naga Sadhus are trained warriors. They were trained to stop the Muslim Invasion in India and to protect the religion. The Nag Babas are a warrior class and are divided like a regiment in an army.
They have no fear of death and enraging them is a sure shot call for trouble. Their attributes are the trident, sword, stick, conch shells, other weapons and musical instruments which reflect their warrior status.
4. Nagas live away from Civilization!
Naga Sadhus live a life of anonymity. They do not interact with the general public and live in caves, forests and deep inside the jungles and live a life of hardships and worship the ultimate god, Lord Shiva. They believe that Lord Shiva is the Ultimate God. Their living a life of Austerity and ascetic is a sign of their dedication to their lord.
5. Use of Darogas by Akharas
Each ‘Akhara’ uses a Daroga who acts as an informant and a messenger. This Daroga then roams around the jungles and meet the Naga Sadhus and inform him about the news relating to Akhara. This Daroga also gives the information about the Kumbh Mela to these Sadhus. When the Kumbh Mela arrives, Millions of Naga Sadhus travel through the country to reach the Mela to have the holy dip in the river.
6. Tradition of Naga Sadhus
Naga Sadhus are warrior class therefor are engaged in sports like wrestling. Nagas are considered very non-violent until and unless provoked. Nagas practice the Vedic and yogic Yama principles of ahimsā (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), aparigraha (non-covetousness) and brahmacārya (celibacy / moderation). The Dasanāmis are generally believed to be celibate and are the true Sanyasis in the Indian Society.
7. Aghoris are Different from Nagas
Aghori and Nagas are considered the same by many people. It is a big misconception. The main differences are:
1. Both aghoris and naga sadhus eat meat but only aghori sadhus also consume human flesh.
2. Naga sadhus live in ‘akharas’ or himalayas and usually visit the civilization during the “mahakumbh” festival in india to take part in the holy dip.
Aghoris usually live a life of a nomad and are more likely to reside near crematoriums because they bath in cremation ashes and eat putrid flesh of corpses and drink out of human
Skulls. They also meditate on corpses which are symbolic of their rise from “shava” to “shiva”.
8. Difference between Aghori and Naga
The other Major Differences are:
1. Naga sadhus usually wander around naked.
Aghori sadhus normally wear some animal skin clothing or any other cloth to cover their lower body.
2. Nagas are usually known as warrior sadhus and are ready to fight intellectually or wrestle anytime.
Aghoris mainly are involved in meditation and dark arts. They are believed to perform Dark Magic on a person.
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