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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Ananda Akhara?

Ananda Akhara is a Sanskrit word that means "infinite bliss". 

  • The name of a subgroup of the Dashanami Sanyasis' Naga class, which is a kind of renunciant ascetic. 
  • The Dashanami Nagas are Shiva worshippers (bhakta) who are divided into six akharas or regiments, similar to an army. 
  • The Nagas' main profession until the beginning of the nineteenth century was as mercenary warriors, but they also had significant trade interests; both of these vocations have virtually vanished in modern times. 
  • The strong Niranjani akhara, one of the other seven akharas, is considered a subsidiary of the Ananda akhara for organizational reasons. 
  • All of the groupings have distinct characteristics that establish their organizational identity, particularly unique tutelary deities; the Ananda akhara's tutelary god is fire.

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