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Sādhus, Saṃnyāsīs, and Yogīs
(11,842 words)

Of all the categories of religious practitioners in India, none has attracted the interest of outsiders more, and yet is understood by them less, than Hindu renunciants and ascetics. Today, they are typically referred to by a variety of names: svāmī, saṃnyāsī, mahātma, bābā, vairāgī, yogī, and so on, the most common being sādhu and saṃnyāsī. Yogī, although less used, traditionally refers to those re…

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Lamb, Ramdas, “Sādhus, Saṃnyāsīs, and Yogīs”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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