Aghori and Aghor Sadhana
Aghor Panth is a mysterious branch of meditation in the Shaiva sect. If we imagine an Aghori, the picture of a sadhu performing Tantra Kriya in the crematorium, whose attire is scary, emerges in our mind. An impostor in the guise of Aghoris can cheat you. Still, the identity of Aghoris is that they do not ask for anything from anyone and the biggest thing is that they are visible in the world only when they are going to the pre-arranged crematorium or leaving there. Secondly, they are seen in Kumbh.
Some people also call Aghori as Aughad. Aghoris are considered scary or dangerous saints, but Aghor means A + Ghor, i.e. one who is not severe, not scary, who is simple, in which there is no discrimination. It is said that it is very difficult to be simple. Aghori adopts the difficult path just to become simple. After completion of the sadhana, the Aghori gets absorbed in the Himalayas forever.
Aghori adopts those whom society hates. People hate cremation grounds, corpses, dead bodies, shrouds, etc. but Aghors embrace them. Aghor Vidya makes a person such that he forgets the feeling of belonging to others. They love every person equally and use their knowledge for their welfare.
Aghor Vidya is the most difficult but immediately fruitful Vidya. Before doing sadhana, it is necessary to give up attachment and illusion. Aghori is the one from whom all the emotions like good-bad, fragrance-bad smell, love-hate, and jealousy-attachment are erased. To attain all kinds of renunciation, these sadhus, after spending a few days in the crematorium, again go to the Himalayas or the forest.
What does Aghori eat?
Aghori does not observe any restrictions on eating and drinking. If they get bread, eat it, if they get kheer, eat kheer, if they get a goat, eat goat, and if they get a human dead body, don’t avoid that too. It is true that Aghori eats even the flesh of rotting animals without any hesitation. Aghori people eat everything except cow meat. From human feces to dead meat.
Importance of Crematorium in Aghor Panth
Crematorium practice has special importance in Aghor Panth. Aghori wants to know what death is and what renunciation is. Where does the soul go after death? Can the soul be talked to? There are many such questions due to which Aghori prefer to reside in the crematorium. It is believed that doing sadhana in the crematorium will bring fruitful results soon. An ordinary human being does not go to the crematorium, hence there is no question of any hindrance in the sadhana.
Aghori believe that those who do Tantra Sadhana for worldly and wrong deeds, ultimately only harm them. Shiva resides in the crematorium and his worship takes us towards salvation.
Which sadhana does Aghori perform in the crematorium?
Aghori perform three types of sadhana in the cremation ground – Crematorium sadhana, dead body sadhana and Shiva sadhana.
Dead body sadhana:
It is believed that after doing this sadhana, the dead body speaks and fulfills your wishes.
In Shiva Sadhana, Sadhana is done while standing with feet placed on the dead body. The rest of the methods are like dead body sadhana. The origin of this sadhana is the foot placed by Parvati on the chest of Shiva. In such practices, meat and liquor are offered to the dead body as Prasad.
Apart from the dead body and Shiva sadhana, the third sadhana is the cremation sadhana, in which common family members can also be included. In this sadhana, the COFFIN is worshiped instead of the dead body. Ganga water is offered on it. Here also Mawa is offered as Prasad instead of meat.
What do Aghori do to protect themselves from ghosts?
Aghoris have a special mantra to ward off ghosts. Before the sadhana, the Aghori offers incense sticks, incense sticks and a lamp and then while chanting the mantra, he draws a line around the pyre and around himself. Then the tutai starts playing and the sadhana begins. By doing this, the Aghori prevents other ghosts and spirits from disturbing the funeral pyre and himself in his sadhana.
Why is Aghori stubborn and angry?
It is believed about Aghoris that they are very stubborn. If you ask for something from someone, you will definitely get it. If he gets angry then he will show his anger or will curse the person by saying good or bad and will go away. The eyes of an Aghori Baba are red, but the more anger is seen in the eyes of an Aghori, the more is the coolness in his words.
Aghori Baba, wrapped in a black shroud, has a metal Narmund rosary hanging around his neck. If there is no Narmund, they wear the same kind of garland as a symbol. These sadhus live with tongs, kamandal in their hands, earrings in their ears, kamarbandh around their waist, and rubbing ashes on their entire body. These sadhus keep a sacred thread of black wool around their neck which is called ‘Sile’. A horn nadi is placed around the neck. Both of these are called ‘Singi Seli’.
Pilgrimage place of Aghor Panth Tantrikas…
People of Aghorpanth perform cremation rituals at only four places. Apart from the four places, they perform sadhana in the crematorium near the main places of Shaktipeeths, Baglamukhi, Kali, and Bhairav. If you come to know that apart from these places, Aghori practice sadhana at other places also, then it has to be said that they do not do sadhana in other crematoriums, rather they would stop there to rest during their travels or else they would be impostors.
Four main places of Aghori’s:
The specialty of Tarapith Dham, located 180 kilometers away from Kolkata, is the great crematorium here. Tarapeeth (Shaktipeeth) of Veerbhum is the pilgrimage site of Aghor Tantriks. Here you will find thousands of Aghor Tantrik. Tara Peeth is a well-known place for Tantra Sadhana, where the worship is not considered complete without performing Havan in the crematorium located near the Peeth. Kalighat is considered to be the stronghold of Tantrikas.
Aghor tantric accomplishments take place in Kalighat.
2) Crematorium of Kamakhya Peeth:
Kamakhya Peeth is the famous Shaktipeeth of India, which is in Assam state. The temple of Kamakhya Devi is situated on Nilanchal mountain, 10 kilometers away from Guwahati Railway Station. Since ancient times, the Golden Age pilgrimage site Kamakhya is currently the highest place for Tantra Siddhi. In Kalika Purana and Devi Purana, ‘Kamakhya Shaktipeeth’ has been said to be the best and it is also the stronghold of Tantrikas.
3) Rajrappa’s cremation ground:
Chhinnamasta Devi’s place is in Rajrappa. Rajrappa’s Chhinnamasta is included among the 52 Shaktipeeths but according to experts, Chhinnamasta is one of the 10 Mahavidyas. Among them, there are 5 Tantrik and 5 Vaishnavi. In Tantric Mahavidyas, their place comes after Shodashi of Kamarupa Kamakhya and Tara of Tarapeeth.
4) Chakratirtha crematorium:
A place named Chakratirtha in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, and the place of Gadhkalika are considered to be the stronghold of Tantriks. Kaal Bhairav and Vikrant Bhairav are also considered to be the main places of Tantriks in Ujjain.