Uttar Pradesh

Epicentre of Aghori Tradition

The Baba Keenaram Sthal, Kring-Kund located at Anandbagh, Shivala in the holy city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, is regarded as the epicentre of Aghori tradition. Existing since the creation of the universe, Aghoracharya Maharajshree Baba Keenaramji came here and rejuvenated this place during the 16th century. During the Puranic period, Sri Sumedha Rishi had rejuvenated this place. King Harishchandra too …

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Aghoris of Varanasi

Aghori sadhus, the most feared and most respected clan of sadhus or ascetics are notorious for their uncommon and ghastly rituals performed as part of their religious routine. Aghori sadhus are associated with cannibalism, using human skulls and having sex with corpses. These followers of Shiva dress in black clothes, sport long black hair, look drunk and drugged, yet their …

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Ghats of India, Part 4

GHAT-HOPPING IN VARANASI There are an estimated 87 to 100 ghats in Varanasi. Most of these were built after 1700 A.D. when the city was part of the Maratha empire. Even now the patrons of the ghats are Marathas, such as the Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles and Peshwes (Peshwas). Many ghats are associated with mythological legends and many are privately …

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The 29 states of India have their individual distinctive cuisines. For example, by state, like Goan; regionally, like Chettinad; by traditional style of preparation such as Dum Pukht; as a description, like Wazwan; by caste, such as Kayastha; or simply named after the community, like Parsi or Jain cuisine. Highlighting characteristics of cuisines of some states, the following is a …

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