Aghori Sadhus is a peculiar clan of of sadhus or ascetics of India. the first Aghori sadhu being Keenaram.
Aghori Sadhus trace their roots to the 17th-century puritan Baba Keenaram, who is said to have lived to the age of 170+
Aghori Sadhus – a kind of ascetic Shiva sadhus found predominantly in Varanasi.
The main Aghori Sadhus pilgrimage centre is Keena ram’s ashram in Ravindrapuri, Varanasi.
Aghori Sadhus live among India’s cremation sites – where Lord Shiva and goddess Kali Ma are said to dwell – and feed on what others throw away.
Aghori Sadhus are known to engage in post-mortem rituals.
Aghori Sadhus are devotees of Shiva, who seek moksha from the cycle of sansar (reincarnation). They believe that one who hates, cannot reach Moksha.
Aghori Sadhus also hold sacred the Hindu deity Dattatreya as a predecessor to the aghori tantric tradition.
Aghori Sadhus are also known for their knowledge of magic arts
Aghori Sadhus believes in getting into total darkness by all means, and then getting into light or self realizing.
Aghori Sadhus food habits include whatever a civilized human being will not eat at any cost, such as dead human flesh, rotten foods, foods from dump site, animal faeces, animal urine and putrefying human corpses.
Aghori Sadhus use a human skull as a bowl. They wear human skulls as jewelry around their necks.
Aghori Sadhus hair grow to lengths without ever bothering about the need to cut it and letting it to fall to their knees
Aghori Sadhus claim that they have the cure for the all diseases that we have today, even AIDS and cancer. They collect from the burning pyre after a dead body is burnt.
Aghori Sadhus are known to live in places where no other human being can survive.
Aghori Sadhus believe that every human being is born an Aghori.
Aghori Sadhus believe having sex in the midst of dead bodies gives rise to supernatural powers. The women partners are also smeared in ashes of the dead and the sexual act takes place while drums and beaten ad mantras are chanted. 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.
One of the most well-known Aghoris who did the unimaginable, Tailanga Swami was slapped and thrown out from Kasi Viswanath temple by a pujari (priest) when he saw him worshiping Lord Shiva with his own excreta. History says that Lord Shiva himself appeared in the dream of the local king of Benaras saw in his dream that the Aghori who was insulted in the temple was a reincarnation of Lord Shiva himself. And the next thing you know, the priest died under mysterious circumstances.