Gorakhnāth is the founder of the Kānphāta sect of Śaivism and one of the main founders of Hindu Nāth sect.
The “Nāth” sect is one of the main Hindu sects with a large number of followers spreading far and wide, within India and even beyond. Gorakhnāth is one of the main founders of the monastic order of this sect.
The word “Gorakh” in the vernacular have different meanings. It may mean “one who is protector of earth” or “one who protects the cow”; it may also mean “one who has control over the senses” (, p. 1). “Gorakh” is also used as a distinguishing characteristic (Gotra) of a certain kind of Yogis. The word “Nāth” primarily means “master.” In the local dialect, “Nāthana” means “one who is pierced” or “bound with cotton stringed.”
Life of Gorakhnāth
It is hard to have any undisputed account of the biographical details of Gorakhnāth. There are accounts of Gorakhnāth embedded in the different traditions, but these...
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