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Hinduism - Who Are The Mahanirvani Akhara?

 

The Naga class of the Dashanami Sanyasis, a sort of renunciant ascetic, is known by this name.

The Dashanami Nagas are Shiva followers (bhakta) who are divided into akharas or regiments in the manner of an army.

The Nagas' principal vocation until the beginning of the nineteenth century was as mercenary warriors or merchants, both of which have practically vanished in modern times.

This akhara is said to have fought against the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb's armies in 1664, and they are credited with rescuing Benares from being sacked.

One of the seven primary Dashanami Naga akharas, the Mahanirvani Akhara is still one of the most powerful.

The Mahanirvani Akhara's main headquarters are in Allahabad, which hosts the Kumbha Mela, one of the world's biggest and most significant bathing (snana) festivals.

Their power in Allahabad has enabled them to take the most coveted position at the head of the Kumbha Mela bathing procession.

Each akhara has a (guardian) god who determines its organizational character; the Mahanirvani Akhara's tutelary deity is the renowned sage Kapila.


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Hinduism - What Is The Battle of Gyan Vapi?

 


 The Naga ascetic soldiers of the Mahanirvani Akhara are said to have fought a battle at Benares.

The akhara's forces scored a huge victory at the Gyan Vapi well in 1664, according to a handwritten book in the akhara's archives.

This text merely indicates that the Sanyasis defeated "the Sultan's" army, while historians have speculated that this person was the Moghul monarch Aurangzeb.

If the legend is genuine, this conflict may have influenced Aurangzeb's decision to demolish the Vishvanath temple in 1669.

Given this assertion, it's probable that the temple's demolition was motivated not by intolerant iconoclasm, but by a desire to punish opposition and rebellion.


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