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Aghoris - Man Eaters , Cannibals of Varanasi,India


Aghori Saadu


I’m not writing this hub to hurt anyone who belongs to the particular religion or make any offense against these spiritual activities, rituals or any other. But I just want to share some information about a group of sadhus who engaged themselves in cannibalism.

When I was in India, I met a friend who did some researches about Aghoris for their graduation project. I was really shocked to hear all her researching experiences. I’m sharing a few of that information here.


Who are Aghoris?

Aghori is a Hindu sect which is believed as a part of Kapalika (a group worshiped Lord Shiva in his extreme form) and Kalamukhas (Black faces). They live in South Asia mainly in Varanasi and Kashi, India.

According to Hindu beliefs Lord Shiva is the one who destroys the bad deeds and people who engaged in bad deeds. To complete this duty, he turns to another form as Lord Bhairava. He wears nothing but the ash of the burnt dead bodies.

Aghoris believe themselves as a part of Lord Shiva. Most of the Aghoris don’t wear anything other than ash. Some wear only a small piece of cloth around the hip just to cover their private part and garland of skulls. Also they use the skull as begging-bowl.

Many Hindus condemn them as non-Hindu because of their peculiar rituals and activities. What Aghoris actually do, for them to condemn?

Aghoris & Cannibalism



Hindus believes that the soul of a dead person will rest in peace if they burn their bodies. So they used to take the bodies near Ganga River and burn it there as it is called as holy River which washes off all the sins. Most of the Hindus bring the ashes of the dead bodies from all around the world to do the rituals for "Moksha". When they burn the bodies, sometimes it floats and carries away with water.

Aghoris used to pull these half burnt bodies from water or they find the bodies from the cremation grounds and take it to their Ashramam, do some pooja and pray for that dead one’s soul. Once it is over, they used to cut the parts of the body and have it raw or cooked on open flame.


“If any of your body part tends to work against to your thoughts, destroy them”

Aghoris’ view towards life is totally different. They go in search of powers through which they can avoid the rebirth in this life. They live a free life. They don’t want to have family or kids. They don’t want to leave any mark in this world as a result of their life. The first thing they do is to make them incapable in producing a child. They smash their penises. By doing this they break the link to their next generation.

They believe that whatever you intake will not make any impact unless you give any outcome which affect this world in someway such as anger, lust and revenge. That is why they don’t feel bad about cannibalism or consuming ganja either.

Though they eat the bodies which are burnt, their bodies will not be burnt once they died. They think their body is pure, not like any other normal human. Their bodies will be sent away with Ganga River. They believe this will take them at Lord Siva.

Disclaimer : If you wish to watch the video on Aghosri Saadus & Cannibalism, click on this link and watch or click on the video which is attached below. Warning : Don't watch it if you have a weak heart. It is not suitable for everyone


Umesh Shankar from Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala , india on May 25, 2017:

You are saying absolutely true

amal appu on October 08, 2015:

Thanxx bro its really awesome can u give me more information about them

Maran on October 04, 2015:

Extremely weird... Our Indian people living on dead human flesh

vishnu on September 25, 2015:

I want to learn more about this

eswar eknath on August 30, 2015:

Good work vishaa on### aghoris..more over its in complete story..

avmphil on December 30, 2014:

a bunch of mad people in the midst of cultures still existing ...The law should hang these devils and banned all their activities in India

gopi on September 06, 2014:

why the aghori are eating human???????????

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on July 17, 2014:

hi Alphin,

Try this...


madhumalathi on February 15, 2014:

Very interesting facts , am amazed want to know more about agoris , even want to see and speak them.

Alphin on January 17, 2014:

Hey bro, i went thru your HUB and its quite knowlegble , But the video link is inactive , could you guide me to watch the video :)

pleasant on November 03, 2013:

Please tell if there is a way to get in touch with any of Aghoris... Thanks

MayLangThang on March 03, 2013:

I met many of Agoris in Varanasi a week ago before I even knew who they are. I was just surprised seeing men without clothes, covered their body with white powder (which I later got to know is ashes from the dead bodies) roaming around on the ghats of Ganga river. They did some weird things to their penis like rolling the penis with a stick. It was horrible.

Later my friend told me about them and showed me this note so I got to know more about them. My friend said that some handicapped women try to have sex with these Agoris as they believe that by doing so they will become normal people, poor women.

I did see a part of a dead buffalo floating on the river, luckily i didn't find any floating human bodies on the river but did see some people preparing to burn a dead body on the bank of the Ganga.

Unforgettable experience in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Sagar on February 15, 2013:

Please don't be judgmental...

They believe everything is made of 5 elements. They don't have duality of good and evil. Also they do such stuffs to overcome the limits of body...Body without soul is nothing but a carcass..so you can't say they are cannibals , they are not killing people they are eating dead bodies....

Shivaism has 3 faces of Lord Shiva Vamdeva, Ishana Shiva and Aghor Rudra.

Aghoris worships 3rd face, Aghor rudra. They renounce every mundane pleasures. They practice in cremation ground because that is the end of physical of body.

So please we should be just have one view. There are lot of unexplained things in world. And if you really wants to the mysticism, go find a Guru (you will be lucky if you find one) .

jasmin on September 29, 2012:

thanks for giving some valuable information

OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on June 29, 2012:

Absolutely fascinating! Thanks for this information. I'd like to learn more about the Aghori.

sushma on May 29, 2012:

i saw aghoris in tv different bt weired

murugan. tamilnadu on April 21, 2012:

i wnt meet aghoris which place i can meet there? some aghoris living place tell me pls- face book- murugan gan. topvjesus@gmail.com pls

Ali Raza on April 12, 2012:

every part of the body is a sacred trust to you from Allah and if u hurt urself or suicide its against the rule of sacred trust and u will be ask about it.

its all about peace if u don't have inner peace than u try to find peace if these kind of things.

dr. Nikhil on July 31, 2011:

1.not all things in world r explained by us,some r mystical like pyramid.how ppl at that time built such huge structure etc etc many questions.

2.aghories r went to MOKSHA stage where clothes,opposite sex attraction etc natural tendencies don't bother them.they see world as same everywhere.they r in different world ,I mean diff emotional set up beyond normal world.

3.as u can see in Vedas,diff paths are there to attain moksha or higher unconscious.some follow Bhakti path,some skakti path ,some Dnyan n some aghor path.destinatn is same but routes r diff.

4.coming to ur main questn why only cannibal?but as i said not all things r explained by us,maybe some ritual or something such that we even cant think of abt it.

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on April 09, 2011:

Thank you for stopping by and placing your valuable comments Amy & Carlthecritic.

Carl on April 09, 2011:

Oh my! This is awesome, and very informative. Voted up!

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on April 09, 2011:

I remember seeing a documentary on History Channel about this group of people. It's a bit disturbing but very interesting. This is a well written hub. I voted up.

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on March 15, 2011:

Thank you mcraw and youmeget for reading my hub and placing your valuable comments.

youmeget on March 14, 2011:

Very scary. You must be brave to hub about this. Good job vishaaa.

Matthew I Crawford from Greeley, Colorado on March 12, 2011:

very disturbing hub. To think that there are people that acually believe that anything dark or taboo is actually spiritually healthy. Makes me thankful for my nice boring life.

christiansister on March 06, 2011:

I am not sure why I was confused. Thank you for your concern to point this out to me and help me to understand your comments better. :)

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on March 03, 2011:

Hey No worries friend. Thank you again.

apache13 on March 03, 2011:

I did not see the other comment that is my bad I thought you had taken something I said about the Indian people letting them remain,as argument,again that's my fault for not scrolling up to see if there were any comments.I like your hubs you're doing a good job.

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on March 03, 2011:

Oopsy, i answered to the argument which placed by Vjasha as she/her blamed me for giving false thoughts. I have marked her/his name and given the answer.

Below that I have marked apache and christian sister's name and thanked for your comments. How come both of you confused yourselves as I have given the answer to you? :-O

Sorry if it was the actual confusion. :)

Timothy C. Dove from Belleville AR. on March 03, 2011:

If I said something negative I still don't see what it is,I am not condoning or disagreeing I just said that there were some here too. I wouldn't want to live around them but I know there must be a purpose for everything.

christiansister on March 03, 2011:

My comment was not meant to be negative or positive. It is just an observation of my soul. And is only my opinion. I cannot imagine a god that would create us to torture ourselves and others or feed on each other. Yet that is what goes on all over the world but usually not so blatanly.

please know that I did not watch the video. The article was as far as I dared travel. Because I am not strong at stomach.

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on March 02, 2011:


Moreover you kept an argument about cannibalism. Cannibalism means the act of any animal consuming members of its own type or kind. It doesn't mention whether they are killed by Aghoris or natural death.

I have even heard when people met with an accident they ate the leftover parts of other people who traveled with them once they are dead. Due to starvation only they did it.

But here i don't find any valid reasons to eat human dead bodies other than any religious reasons as you said(If there is any).

I'm curiously waiting to hear from you about the reasons behind this.


Thank you for reading my hub and placing your valuable comments Apache & Christian sister.

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on March 02, 2011:


Thank you for reading my hub and placing your comment even in a negative way. First of all read my hub properly, then try to understand what exactly I meant.

In the first para itself I have mentioned, It's not to hurt anybody who is belongs to this particular religion. And I'm not against to the rituals either. But what I wrote is about some saadhus who engaged in this activity. I'm not supporting this nither against this.

But in this hub I have mentioned, the aghoris are condemned by many hindus because of their tabooistic rituals. May be you are in the other side who accept their activities. If you feel they have proper reasons to do this according to the hinduism beliefs, you can very well explain you side here.

No hard feelings brother/sister.. :)

Timothy C. Dove from Belleville AR. on March 02, 2011:

I didn't watch the video but the hub was very good,there's stories that some of the Native Americans were cannibals. It was a very small percentage but there were some.The Indians could have killed them out but that was not the Indian way so they allowed a balance,strange to me and most but they were here at one time too.I really liked your story.

christiansister on March 02, 2011:

Traditions of the Nephilim. And we wonder why our Heavenly Father washed the earth clean. And yet it remained in the hearts of man.

Vjasha on March 02, 2011:

They r nt eatg d livg human beings . They eatg d dead bodies then hw can u name them as a canibels. I d0nt tink s0 its make sense. Its really hurtg wen u talk abt hindus wen u really d0n0 abt d r0ots.

Vishaaa (author) from Somewhere on this earth.. on March 02, 2011:

After seeing the video about them, I couldn't eat for two days. My head was spinning.

They just wander around the streets of Varanasi,India. If you ever pay a visit to India, you can very well meet them I guess.

Suppliers from USA on March 01, 2011:

It's too much weird and strange to know all this. I am amazed to know that there are still some people who cannibalize. Extremely weird.