The Aghori (Sanskrit: अघोर aghōra), are ascetic Shaiva sadhus.
Many Aghori gurus command great reverence from rural populations as they are supposed to possess healing powers gained through their intensely eremitic rites and practices of renunciation and tápasya. They are also known to meditate and perform worship in haunted houses.The Aghori are known to engage in post-mortem rituals. They often dwell in charnel grounds, have been witnessed smearingcremation ashes on their bodies, and have been known to use bones from human corpses for crafting skull bowls (which Shivaand other Hindu deities are often iconically depicted holding or using) and jewelry. Due to their practices that are contradictory to orthodox Hinduism, they are generally opposed.
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