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Kānphaṭā (Split-Ear) yogīs is a popular designation of the Śaiva sectarian tradition of the Nāth yogīs or Gorakhnāthī yogīs alludes to the hallmark of their sect, huge round earrings piercing the ear cartilage. However popularly used, this appellation is considered by the yogīs as derogatory, and they prefer the more prestigious name of “Nāth yogīs,”…

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Bouillier, Veronique, “Kānphaṭās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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