Cannibalism, Cannabis, Sex With Corpses, Nudity: Read About the Aghori Sadhus Of Varanasi

When one hears the phrase “sadhus of Varanasi,” the mind immediately conjures up an image of an emaciated, ash-smeared man with matted dreadlocks, almost naked, and constantly smoking marijuana.

To a large extent, this image has influenced the hippie culture, where people seek to live life in sync with nature and spirituality, and away from the dictates of society (which include a certain dress code, personal hygiene, and monogamy).

An Aghori sadhu wearing bone jewellery

However, apart from having become an icon of the world’s counter-culture since the 1960s, what do we really know about the sadhus of Varanasi?

Who are the Aghoris?

The Aghori ascetics belong to a sect of Shaivism (worship of Lord Shiva) that contradicts mainstream Hindu practices. They indulge in a large array of post-mortem practices, which include smearing ash from cremation grounds on their bodies, dwelling in charnel

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