What are biggest secrets of Aghori Sadhus?

By editor - 4.10 2018

Aghoris are simple beings or beings who live with complete simplicity. Today, we have complicated religion to a very large extent. We perform rituals, ceremonies and practice techniques in a roundabout way to achieve health and wealth. But I tell you, religion is not meant just for health and wellness. Its main purpose is to help you break your negative mental patterns and achieve the ultimate. Health and wellness should only be a by-product. Aghoris directly work on breaking these patterns and simplifying religion. They don’t do things in a roundabout way.

Aghoris are not dream sellers. Anybody who sells you a technique and asks you to go on practicing it, assuring you that one day God will give you enlightenment, is a dream seller. I always tell people to work with unclutching for just 10 days. If it works, it works, otherwise forget about it. In 10 days itself, you will see a major breakthrough. When you experience the breakthrough, you are growing. If you tell an Aghori that God is all powerful and if you pray to him he will come and bless you, he will simply laugh at you. Like I said, Aghoris are not dream sellers.

The Nature of Aghoris

Aghoris can often seem like nightmares. They are embodiments of Lord Shiva walking on the planet, trying to wake people up. If you are too attached to life, then even the very sight of an Aghori will frighten you. Today, I see how people have lost connection with simplicity. Everything is seen with perversion. Aghoris are a tradition who are straightforward and simple. They are the embodiment of simplicity. Their way of thinking is beautiful, simple, innocent and straightforward.

The Attitude of an Aghori

An Aghori will directly work on his patterns. If an Aghori carries hatred towards something, he will eat what he hates. If he has any violence in him, he will learn to love that violence in order to let go of it. If he loves something and thinks it’s binding him, he will immediately throw it away. They don’t believe in gradual liberation by letting go of an object mentally but keeping it with them physically. They let go of everything they like and expose all their five senses to what they hate.

If an Aghori has a blockage in his heart then he will open his heart, clear the blockage, and then stitch it back. They don’t even bother taking anaesthesia. And yet, they know exactly how to treat the blockage. They go into the depths of fear and face it, to the depths of hatred and let go of it, to the depths of suffering and come out of it, to the depths of pain and go beyond it. When an Aghori can’t wake up in the morning, he simply stops sleeping. They do not postpone things. This is the attitude of an Aghori.

Aghoris as Seen by the World

No other sampradaya (tradition) expressed as many extraordinary experiences and strong enlightenment experiences as Aghoris did. Aghoris are often projected as India’s wrong side by many people, or the side that needs to be covered up. As the only Aghori who is in the world’s most influential 100 Gurus, who is courageously boldly associating himself with Aghori sampradaya, I tell you Aghoris are the pride of India, they are the pride of Vedic tradition.

From My Own Experience

When I was in college, I used to wake up at 4 A.M. in the morning and meditate till 8 A.M. in padmasana (yogic posture). My roommates started to shiver after watching me meditate. They started to move out of the room because of me and spreading rumours that I was a yogi and they should stay away from me or else I would curse them.

I asked them why they called me a yogi when I didn’t even express any extraordinary power. They said “If you are not a yogi, how are you able to sit from 4 to 8 in the morning without moving?”. This shocked me. I could not understand how they found this unusual. Later, when I started contemplating about this,I realized that even sitting is a difficult task.

Humans are hypnotized by the concept of conscious, subconscious and all this nonsense. Human civilization has already made you believe something before you actually tried it. When you have so much dirt inside, how do you expect to sit peacefully? Aghori sampradaya can flourish only in a civilization where this nonsense of unconscious and subconscious is not taught. You are an integrated individual. What you want, you achieve, that’s all. This is the basis of the Aghori sampradaya. Unfortunately, humanity is not at this zone. I still cannot understand when somebody says, ‘I want to do it, I cannot do it’. That word is the enemy of Aghori sampradaya. The Maha Vaakya ( great declaration) of Aghori sampradaya is “Simply do it”. If you go to an Aghori and tell him how much you fear death, he will simply ask you to go through the death experience itself.

But Aghoris never ever interfere in others’ life, never cherish enmity or hatred towards anybody. They are compassionate people, like Shiva. If you go and tell them “Oh I am too attached to my bed, my home, my car”, they will tell you to sleep in the cremation ground, that’s all. The basic requirement for the Aghori Sampradaya is the clarity that you are an individual integrated being – what you want, your body does. What you want your mind does, what you want you do! Meditate on this three words and do it !

1. They let their hair grow to lengths without ever bothering about the need to cut it. Rapunzel, you have got competition there girl!

2. In tracing the history of Aghoris, we will find that the very first Aghori, who laid down the foundation of the lives for future Aghoris was Kina Ram. According to urban legend, he lived up to 150 years and died during the second half of the 18th century.

3. Aghoris believe that Shiva is Absolute and omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience. According to them, whatever happens in this universe, happens because of Shiva.

4. Aghoris claim that they have the medicine for the deadliest of the diseases that we have today, even AIDS and cancer. These medicines, which are referred as ‘Human oils’ by them are collected from the burning pyre after a dead body is burnt.

5. From snow clad mountains to hot deserts to tiger-infested jungles, Aghoris are known to live in places where no other human being are known to survive.

6. They believe having sex in the midst of dead bodies gives rise to supernatural powers.They make sure that no women is forced to have sex with them and also that the women must be menstruating while the act goes on.

Before going to the secrets of aghoris, I expect you all must be knowing what aghori is, in case you're unaware, let me give a brief description.

Aghoris are type of sadhus or you may call a pandit with uncommon rituals and ways of worship. They're never occult practitioners, they worship Lord Shiva and shakti. Shakti is mother form of goddess, which includes Maa Durga, Kali, kamakhya, Tara, Parvati, gouri and God forbid there are infinite names of the almighty. They do eat human flesh, but just once in life and that too from the funeral pyre, they don't kill someone to eat. They do smoke weed, but never encourage or force anyone who approach them. They donot make or influence anyone to go their way.

Talking about their secrets, there are many, but I'll share the ones I'm aware of.

Firstly, the secrets is, from where they belong?? When I aksed an aghori ,"बाबा, आप कहाँ के रहने वाले हो?" (In English, baba, where do you come from?). His strange answer would be, " बेटा, डरो मत, धरती के बाहर का नहीं हूँ।" ( don't be scared, I'm not from out of earth). They say, because they've left their home, they don't talk of them.

Second is, how do they earn their living? Unlike the sadhus we see, they ask for money for their help they provide. Aghoris never ask for anything. I wonder how they eat and stay alive. One of them said that some cultivate their own food to eat. But don't know what about others.

Moving on to next one, their mantras and rituals. If you're a believer of miracles, ghost and supernatural, you'll understand it better. The aghoris are the most powerful weapon against the ghost or supernatural. They wander in funeral grounds all the day and night. Normally we don't go there even in daylight. So, I just thought to get any mantra or a tip to be protected, he said ," अवश्य बता दूंगा अगर तुम भी मेरे साथ भोले बाबा की भक्ति करने चलो।" ( I'll say it definitely, but when you come along me in worship of Lord Shiva)

Next is, their population. You never know how many aghoris are actually living. Even they're not counted in census. Who'll dare go in the woods to count them. Some may think they're few in number, let me correct you, there are many. Their actual number can be thought of when you see them gathering in the great AMBUBACHI MELA, held every year in Kamakhya temple. Thousands gather there, but, it's just the aghoris of Assam state. The aghoris of UP appear all together in kumbha mela, aghoris of Maharashtra too appear in kumbha. Aghoris of Madhya Pradesh appear in shivratri at Mahakaleshwar, Ujjain. Bihari aghoris appear in Devghar at the time of shravani Mela or in Gaya at Pitra paksh. And so on...........

The last one as far as I know is, who do they fear from?? Whenever you ask an aghori to chant a death spell or some other spell which can harm anyone on some person, they just run away from there, literally, they run away. I heard this fact a long back and even tried it, believe me, the aghori just sent me away from there. He said, " नहीं बेटा, बुरा करूँगा तो वो मुझे छोड़ेगा नहीं।" ( be gone from here, he'll never forgive me if I do something wrong). I wonder who's this "वो", from this aghoris fear?? I think it's the omniscient Lord Shiva whom they worship, or maybe some other deity. Even I asked that what happens if you do something wrong to any person? He pointed out to a decaying dead body. It was barely recognizable whether it was a man or woman. He said, this is a dead body of an aghori who chanted a death spell ( मारण ) on a person who teased him, the person did die, but he too died in a mysterious way. He said it's forbidden to perform last rights of aghori who died of something like this.

The Aghori cannibles of India are devoted to Shiva manifested as Bhairava, a powerful Hindu god of death and destruction often ominously referred to as “The Destroyer”. These monks are feared by most of the countryman and are expelled from the native land. Spotting few weird facts in details of these Aghori the man eaters.

Aghori Eating Dead

Ahgori are known for their disturbing nature to eat anything. It is discovered that the mysterious tribe members live in cemeteries and feast on human flesh as part of their rituals. They will also eat rotten food, putrefied garbage, and even excreta such as human feces or urine. Often these items will be consumed out of a human skull bowl or some other dish made from human bones. To an Aghori, eating garbage is all the same as eating anything else.

Aghori uses Corpses and Skull

Aghori are known to use corpses as a communion table to pray or meditate, a practice known as shava samskara. As per ritual they believe the dead body is a symbol of their own body. The human flesh that is consumed is cut from corpses and then either eaten raw, cooked over an open flame, or sometimes even in a corrupt state. As rituals the The corpses are mostly gathered from the bodies of the dead floating down the sacred Ganges River. In India, many bodies are cremated, but in Hinduism there are certain types of people that are not to be cremated. These include children, holy men, pregnant women, unmarried women, and those who have died of either leprosy, suicide, or snake bites. Rather than cremation, these bodies are cast upon the holy waters of the Ganges River to be carried away and have all sins washed away. Even bodies that are set on fire to be cremated will often be floated down the river, where the fire will eventually go out leaving them only half-burnt. The Aghori will fish these corpses from the river for their purposes, after which they will do a prayer for the dead before using the bodies as altars, fashioning items from the bones, or consuming their flesh.

Aghori healing power

The healing powers of Aghori Sadhus are said to come from their expertise in Black magic.

The term Aghor goes back to the farthest reaches of time. One of the five faces of Shiva was known as Aghor. The word is as old as Shiva himself. In the SHIVA PURANA, one of India’s oldest legends, there is a hymn to the glory of Shiva by Pushpadanta, head of the Gandharvas, called the Shiva Mahimnah Stotram. One of its verses is:

Aghoranna paro mantro
Nasti tatvam Guro param.

The very name of Aghor (Shiva, or the one who has attained the state of Aghor) is a mantra that is above all other mantras. There is nothing higher to be known than the real nature of the Guru.

In the past the word Aghor implied something mysterious. Slowly, over centuries, its meaning came to include methods and practices used by sadhus to overcome their limitations. After the prehistoric association of Aghor with Lord Shiva, another legendary being was not only considered by the ancients to have realized the state of Aghor but was believed to have propounded and taught the knowledge of it to others. This was Lord Dattatreya. Many other saints and mahatmas who embodied this Aghor state arose at their destined times in history, while at other times the lineage became dormant, like embers hidden under ashes. Eventually the methods and means to achieve this Aghor state began to be communicated in guru-disciple relationships. However, the practices continued to be little known.


In the sixteenth century, a great saint called Baba Kinaram was known as Aghoreshwar.

The story of Baba Kinaram tells of his wandering for years until he attained complete knowledge by having the darshan of Bhagwan Dattatreya, who appeared to him in the Girnar Mountains, a holy place in Gujarat state.

Later in his life Baba Kinaram wrote a book called Viveksar, said to be the most authentic treatise on the principles of Aghor. In his book he wrote that when he understood what Bhagwan Dattatreya was saying to him, he saw that the whole world, the whole universe, is situated in this human body, a vast world perfect in all respects, which was called Maya. Maya and its every transformation was present inside his body.

Baba Kinaram established an Ashram in Varanasi, called Krim Kund. He initiated many social reforms during the tumultuous times of the Mughul invasion when the Indian people were being persecuted.

The direct lineage of the twelve Aghoreshwars that began with Baba Kinaram extends from the sixteenth century until the present. When Baba Bhagwan Ram became the 12th Aghoreshwar in this lineage, he was likened to Baba Kinaram because he had a strong sense of social responsibility, identifying himself with suffering humanity, and waiting to help the people in their struggle against social injustices. As in Baba Kinaram's time, there were social problems the people were unable to handle.

Sometimes spiritual beings are able to give the people some protection against injustice but there are other periods of time when the fires of spiritual strength burn low, embers under ashes. Recognizing the need for change Baba Bhagwan Ram renewed the socially conscious spirit of Baba Kinaram when he established a new ashram called Sri Sarveshwari Samooh and dedicated it to help the poor and the afflicted. The ashes leapt into flame again, being fed by the spiritual fuel of another great Aghoreshwar.

In order to maintain the seat of Aghor tradition as a continuum, Baba initiated his own disciple, Siddhartha Gautam Ram, as the head of Krim Kund so he could be free to follow his social callings. Krim Kund and Sri Sarveshwari Samooh are on the opposite sides of the Ganges in Varanasi with many more Ashrams in various locations in India and a number of centers and Ashrams in other countries. All of them are working in cooperation with each other to maintain the ancient tradition as well as to take a freshly motivated direction towards social services and the integration of ancient wisdom into the life of the community.


In a conversation with one of his monks, Baba Bhagwan Ram gave the following description of an Aughar or a follower of Aghoreshwar.

“Followers of Aghoreshwar stay very far from doubt. They do not dwell in the body-mind. They dwell in the consciousness of Self, and with resolve they reach very substantial states. After they reach these states, they become so polite that their voices have nothing but sweetness.

Their vocabulary has no place for defiling, provocative words, or words that spread enmity. Such words don't even arise. Whenever you come across such people, take them to be blessed by the Kapaleshwar (the great unknown who dwells in the cosmos, the spirit (of Aghoreshwar). With unbreakable faith and reverence, they are moved by human sufferings. These ascetics are well cultivated, they do not like to see anyone spreading disharmony. Their way is one of friendliness, compassion, seeing love within each other.

The ascetics who are the follower of Aghoreshwar do not have any special appearance. They do not have any signs of class, caste or religion. They do not worry about feeding themselves; whatever comes their way, they accept. Life of these ascetics is a life in which they do nothing and nothing is left undone.

Following this principle of action-less action, they remain blameless and firm in their austerity while respecting everything. They may get cheated by others, but they never cheat others. Remaining pride-less, they show respect to others. They use discarded pieces of cloth as their clothing, whether that cloth has holes in it or not, whether thrown away in the trash or even having been used as a shroud for the dead. They want to use only such things that are of no more use to any other person.

These Aughar ascetics renounce alcohol, sex, lies and deceit as they would poison. They are continuously engaged in providing for the well-being of others, not discriminating as to race, color or religion.

The Aughar tradition is no different from the Aughar state of consciousness. This state is naturally attained by the noble person who keeps longing for the grace of the teachings and initiation from the Guru. The need for liberation arises for the one who is body-conscious, not for the one who is soul-conscious. There is no need of it for the one who is conscious of Brahman. He remains totally absorbed in the quest of the truth, content in the Self and living in good company. Haven't you heard the saying, “Dwell among the renunciates for at least twelve years; then you will learn a dialect."

The word dialect refers to that very soothing speech of the accomplished ones. With the vibrations of that very speech there is obtained a luster, a glow, and currents like that of electricity, without the necessity for any rituals, worship or pranayama. In the very flow of contemplation, everything is obtained which is of consciousness.

To see an Aughar ascetic is like getting a glimpse of Shiva himself. Aughars are not only impartial but they are unbiased as well. In their greatness, they accept social relationships with everyone. They are not judgmental. Just as the Sun, the Moon, the Earth, Fire and Wind are not here for any particular religion, class, caste or nation, in the same way the Aughar who has attained the stage of impartiality acts for the well-being of everyone. All these qualities of Aughars help everyone to learn how to restrain their mental modifications and, as a result, negative thoughts and tendencies subside."

This was Baba Bhagwan Ram's description of one who walks on the Aghor path. Throughout many centuries, this Aghor path took seekers into deep solitude, into jungles, mountain caves, even into cremation grounds. These places of solitude were chosen by the Aughars not simply to avoid society, but to find the seclusion needed to confront their fears, those demons that dwell in the inner universe. When some of them overcame all obstacles and found their own true Self, they were seen as holy men and people sought them for help of various kinds. That very needy nature of the public drove the Aughars deeper into solitude. Some of those left behind posed as the real thing by displaying whatever magical powers they had acquired. Sometimes they assumed a fearful, unkempt appearance, passing themselves off as Aghoris. Since the true Aughar renounces such magical powers as the mere trappings of illusion, taking no credit for them, he has become known as Avadhut, one who lives in a blissful, carefree state.

Aghori sadhus are also not just concentrated to northern part of India but there are cults in MP (which is very much known for black magic),Maharashtra,Bengal so basically north ,south,east and west.They are pretty secretive cult though.

Aghoris believe that every person's soul is Shiva but is covered by aṣṭamahāpāśa"eight great nooses or bonds" - sensual pleasure, anger, greed, obsession, fear and hatred. The practices of the Aghoris are centered around the removal of these bonds.Some people even equate the kundalini with these eight bonds.One of the many reasons why people should not indulge in kundalini activation as preached by some gurus is because its actually a way of disconnecting from materialistic world and relationships bonds .That's what these sadhus try to do by doing things that are abhorred by normal humans or normal.people are scared to do like staying in a crematory. Some sadhus warn that if kundalini activation goes wrong it can make you go mad .I heard it in some video “a sadhu saying that its similar to how your computer crashes when you try upgrading it and don't have enough memory lol.”

I guess like all mystic practioners they don't really reveal their secrets unless you join them.I have heard that their initiation ceremony is tough and not every aspiring candidate gets to join them.

I guess they have to also perform their last rites before joining the group and after that they are not allowed to meet any relatives.

Also the gurus teach you their tricks as per their whimps.


Simple : Aghor means one who has no secret or liberal to core ! Any wonder, Lord Shiva is known as aghornath or lord of aghors.


These simple worshipers of Lord Shiva and Shakti stay away from world and indulge in their own devotional path of tantra. Mata Dhuni or sacred fire is an integral part of their worship.

One may find them in various religious cities; but generally in Himalayas or near banks of Ganges and other sacred rivers -Varanasi, Rishikesh etc


A true aghor is known to be above human frailties like fear or hatred ; he or she are always in devotional path of intense yogic and tantric sadhana

Pic credit: Google (Baba Kinna Ram ji - the greatest aghor of Varanasi )

Om Namah Shivaya !

Note: Kindly do not believe in obtuse facts about this ancient Indian spiritual path.

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.

6. Nakedness

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.”