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You can see the cave at top right. You can’t see in the picture until you climb these rock stairs.

We were off to Pashupati after exploring Boudha. We kept walking until we found the place for conducting cremation ceremonies. I went to explore those places with my brother Degju and his friend Carrie.We were walking around the place not knowing what to do next. We crossed the bridge and took steps to get to the top where we could overlook Pashupati.

While we were staying at the top overlooking the whole Pashupati and Cremation area; my eye caught a glimpse of a cave at northeast of Pashupati. Not being sure I thought of going there and asked my brother if he wants to go there too. He thought it would be cool if we could go.

This was the exact time when I saw the Cave. We were talking about death while overlooking Pashupati.

We were tired at that point and that place was located at far east of Pashupati which meant that we needed to go back, cross the bridge, walk and push ourselves till there. Since we thought of going there without much planning I pushed my whole body to get there because I was tired and hungry at the same time.

We wanted to go there but we were not sure if anyone is allowed to go inside and seemed pretty risky. Luckily, I met a random guy there and asked him if we were allowed to go to the top inside the Cave. Without thinking much he welcomed us inside to go to the top of the cave and told us that everyone is allowed to go there.

He said,”Please visit the cave, a baba lives there. You should check it out.”

Random guy inviting us to move upstairs.

I was so happy that we were allowed to explore the cave which is what I’ve never done before. We walked up slowly and saw a thick smoke coming out of the cave. There was a very small hole to enter the cave. It was not possible for us to enter easily. We had to bend our back to go inside. I couldn’t see anything. It was really dark and smokey.
I was afraid that I would fall off because I couldn’t see anything in there.

We then heard a voice of the baba. He told us to sit down. We sat down and then I started to figure out slowly that the cave was not that big. I thought it to be really big but it was cool. He kept a black Tika in our head and then started talking.

He told us that he has lived there for fifteen years and has human skulls at his home.

Aghori Baba

I was constantly amazed at how peaceful the place was. It’s peaceful even if it’s located in the middle of the city and you can even hear the river flowing in the background.

We asked him,”What kind of baba are you?”

He replied,”Aghori baba, People call me Aghori baba. Do you know what it means?”

We said, “No.”

He then said, “It means that I don’t care about anything. Aghories usually don’t get hungry. I never eat salt and flour. Other than that, I eat everything and anything. I have ate Human Flesh, Urine and Stool to become aghori.”

We were shocked by his response, “WHAT!?”

He ate Human Flesh, Urine and Stool for becoming Aghori!

He seemed to practice cannibalism, urophagia and corprophagy. All of those which relate to human flesh, urine and feces.

For no reason I was scared at that point. Maybe because I hadn’t seen anyone like him before. Weird stuffs filled my mind and the cave started to look dangerous. My mind was blank. I didn’t speak anything because I couldn’t. I was surprised, excited and scared at the same time. Scared because I had previously heard dangerous stories about Aghori baba’s. He had his one black eye glowing at dark because there was virtually no source of light inside the cave. Only smoke!

After spending some time he asked us if there was anything we would like to ask him. He was very happy and he knew that we had some questions in mind.

So without thinking much I asked him,”People believe that you know the future. Is it true? Can you tell us too?”

He smiled and laughed at the same time and said,”It’s useless! Don’t ask for future, You Got To Make It! People ask me how long will they live, and if I say it then they start counting the days. So they die psychologically and never live happily. That’s why fortune telling is really dangerous. Don’t try and ask anybody. You are going to die one day so don’t think about that. Instead, Create your own future.”

He started talking in a friendly manner so we asked him some questions about his life.
He said he was a continental cook when he was really young and was third son among five brothers.

What baffled me was that he looked really healthy even though he didn’t eat normal food.
He even showed us his exercise routines inside the cave and his healthy sitting positions. He also said that thunderbolt sitting position is really good for health and Carrie’s thunderbolt position was perfect as she was sitting in that posture the whole time.

After spending sometime he told us about the day when he nearly threw away the camera reels because some tourists tried to capture his picture. He said that he hated photos very much.
I wanted a photo with him really bad at this moment just because he didn’t like taking photos. so I asked him if we could take his picture. Surprisingly, he agreed for a photo.

I wanted to take a photo with him as soon as he said he hates pictures. This was it. There was no light source except for a small candle. So, this photo was only possible with In-built camera flash. If you look closely you’ll figure out that he has one eye dark black compared to the other.

After that he took us down out of the cave and showed us all the locked cave which looked even more dangerous. He started walking to his own path and we left the place thinking about the most thrilling and exciting experience that we had in such a short period of time.

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It took me lots of time to write this post because I’ve switched my keyboard layout to DVORAK.

Edit: The Baba who lives there is known as Tiger Baba. He and his friends are very welcoming and will be more than happy to talk with you and answer your questions. You might not find him completely dangerous, since everything I’ve written above was my own experience – mostly psychological.

They are really good people and will be more than happy to meet you, if you visit them. If you haven’t, then you should definitely pay him a visit. I had a good experience and feel very lucky to meet him.

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  1. OMG!!!

    I felt like I was there the whole time, following your adventures. I had fun reading it.
    I feel like I want to go there but I’m too scared. Look at his eyes. Really scary!

    Glad you’re still alive. ;)

    This is epic. Simply awesome post! :-)

  2. First of all that man looks really scary. How did you even get near him? I’ve heard many scary stories about aghori baba’s. I wouldn’t have gone there if I were you. That’s really scary!

    Anyway, he has passed the wisdom to you, wonderfully. It’s true that people die psychologically after they hear about their life span. Everyone dies so that’s not the thing we should search answers for.

    Great Post! Loved it :)

    • This seems to work fine. Thanks for helping :)
      Your the first one in this site to comment through Facebook.
      Cheers!

      And as a follow up: If you get notification on Facebook after I write this then please drop some words below on reply.
      Thanks man!

      • They eat such things to excel in black magic. They bow down before satan and can control spirits and do black magic. Its really weird stuff and weird people. You cannot reach God by eating human flesh,drinking urine and stool. Yuck..eee..
        But I must say you have a brave heart

  3. Hi please tell me where you met him. I am in Varanasi right now and I want to create a documentary about this Aghori. So please send me the way to meet them. It might be very helpful for me my email id is 6pardhu6@gmail.com. Please send me the way to meet them I hope I will get a reply for my comment.

    You’re really a lucky man to have such experience. I am very proud of you, my bro.

  4. Great story Manish – enjoyed it. What was the reason behind his eating human flesh, etc. (just wondering)? Compelled because he could not afford to buy real food?

    • Thanks Ta-ma for taking time to read this post.

      No, he was not compelled. But, I’m not knowledgeable enough to answer the question. It’s just like how people turn to Buddhism – they shave their heads and meditate. Buddhist are not compelled to do all that but they do in order to get peace of mind. Same way, this guy has some incentives behind it, but I don’t know what it is.

      Maybe Wikipedia can help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aghori

      Thanks for the comment.

  5. I’ve been to the cave your talking about. I’ve taken darshan of baba who lives there. His name is Tiger.

    I’ve been to all the caves at Pashaupatinath & met with all the Aghori babas who live there. They are the nicest people I’ve ever met. The thing is, they are so used to everyone being afraid of them and misunderstanding them (locals and tourists alike), that when someone comes along who’s not afraid and genuinely interested they are most happy and surprised.

    They will be happy to talk for hours and answer any questions you might have. You really had a rare opportunity here to talk to a real live Aghori and Nath Siddha & you couldn’t think of anything to ask about? You didn’t want to know why he would eat human flesh or excrement?

    There is a reason why they do the things they do. There path is only for the most fearless and dedicated tantrik sadhakas. It is the fast and dangerous route. They emulate Shiva in his wrathful manifestation as Bhairava – who cut off one of Brahma’s heads and was forced to roam about on the outskirts of society sleeping in the cremation ground & carrying the decapitated skull for 12 years.

    If you are still in KTM go back and ask him what the esoteric significance of Shiva’s Brahmanacidal act – that would be an interesting question..

    • Hi Josh.

      I’ve been to the cave your talking about. I’ve taken darshan of baba who lives there. His name is Tiger.

      He did tell us that he was known as Tiger.

      I’ve been to all the caves at Pashaupatinath & met with all the Aghori babas who live there.

      I was not aware that there were other Aghori babas in pashupatinath too. How many are there, as far as you know? Where are other caves?

      They are the nicest people I’ve ever met. The thing is, they are so used to everyone being afraid of them and misunderstanding them (locals and tourists alike), that when someone comes along who’s not afraid and genuinely interested they are most happy and surprised.

      Yes, that’s true. They were all very welcoming and the environment was really awesome. He wasn’t that scary but in the beginning we were scared because we hadn’t met anyone like him.

      They will be happy to talk for hours and answer any questions you might have.

      He was very happy that we were there and he answer all the questions we had. Did you talk with him in Nepali? Because he didn’t speak English with us, and said he felt comfortable talking in Nepali.

      You really had a rare opportunity here to talk to a real live Aghori and Nath Siddha & you couldn’t think of anything to ask about? You didn’t want to know why he would eat human flesh or excrement?

      We weren’t really prepared to ask questions. Everything came out of our mind after we left the cave. We didn’t knew we were going there in the first place. But, we did ask him some questions like what did you do and other stuffs like that.
      He said he was a continental cook and he has skull in his home. He showed us some good sitting postures. We spent quality time with him and it was really very fun, but we were blank on questions.

      There is a reason why they do the things they do. There path is only for the most fearless and dedicated tantrik sadhakas. It is the fast and dangerous route. They emulate Shiva in his wrathful manifestation as Bhairava – who cut off one of Brahma’s heads and was forced to roam about on the outskirts of society sleeping in the cremation ground & carrying the decapitated skull for 12 years.

      Thanks for all the info. I was wondering about it for a long time.

      If you are still in KTM go back and ask him what the esoteric significance of Shiva’s Brahmanacidal act – that would be an interesting question..

      He told us to come back to him, and if possible, he asked us to print his photograph. Should consider going there and other caves again.

      Cheers for the comment, Josh.

  6. hey, I read your post and I must say, Its an eye-opener.. I came across some aghoris when I was in kedarnath 2 years back, but back then I was really scared of them. This was a good read, thanks :)

  7. Adventure reading. Adventure of life. And Adventure of Philosophy to digging to life. You got a sense into life deeply.

    Have been reading your articles the whole morning and it’s already late noon, finally subscribing via email.

    • Thank you very much!

      “Have been reading your articles the whole morning and it’s already late noon, finally subscribing via email.”
      Those words from you, means a lot to me.

      Thank you for taking time to read my blog posts.

      Happy reading.

      • Yup, I’ve been been blogging since 2002 (here and forth w/ research and pun). Sadly we don’t have great praises, as much hype is promoted in our places.

  8. Dude, it was your epic adventure but, dude, never every go over there again. They are the followers of Siva [Shiva] his avatar of Kal Bhirava a God related to all dark powers. You went there for some discovery but those people are real bad. They can control your soul and it’s true.

    They follow rigved the agni hyms. If u hear it, you’ll also get the effects of it. Aghori mostly reside in Kashi only, because in Kashi half burned human bodies are left in river. These people used those body to complete their rituals. In this ritual, soul of the human being in that body that captured by them.
    These people doesn’t get salvation because who every read vedas will not get salvation. Our souls gets attached to the Material life .

    And I’m not an old man, just a teenager. I’m just a शैव पंथ

    • Hello Jai,

      Aghori’s don’t have the power to control the soul. They are normal Human beings, the teachings make them look weird. I met a gang of Aghori’s in Gokarna I stayed with them for 11 days. I wanted to follow their culture but it is very difficult for a ordinary people like us to follow them. Their mindset is all that they are “GOD” if you believe them they are not harm to us. If you talk or go against them they are very dangerous. Just have faith in them and then go visit any Aghori. They will welcome you with a smile ::-)

    • If you don’t reside in Kathmandu then you need to travel Kathmandu. Visiting Pashupati is easy once you reach Kathmandu.

      Once you’re in Pashupati, follow the river banks in cremation place. There’s a big line of cremation conducting place. Just keep following that line and you’ll reach a cave.

      Since lots of people are asking the same question, I’ll probably write a follow up post on how to get there.

    • Did you mean how to we reach that place from Pashupati? or where Pashupati is located?

      If you meant the latter then it’s located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

      After you reach Pashupati, it’s easy to find that place. You just follow the river banks and cremation place until you see some type of cave.

      • Hi Manish, I’m still waiting for your reply. Kindly answer my queries on Aghories.
        Are they safe to approach? Do they have healing powers? Can they heal any kind of illness?

        • Hi, Sorry for the late response.

          I have only met this Aghori from Pashupati, so I can’t say it for sure if all other Aghori’s are safe to approach or not. This Aghori from Pashupati was really friendly and safe to approach. He was happy that we were there.

          Since, I only met him and talked about some stuff, I don’t know if they have healing powers or not. Maybe they have some powers but I don’t know if they can heal illness or not. However, I’ve heard that they do have some powers.

          I remembered an incident from that day – which I forgot to mention on the post. He kept a kind of tika and did something in my throat and told me to not keep Sworaswoti’s (the goddess of wisdom) tika or something like that in there.

  9. Hi Manish,
    Interesting article. I want to meet a true Aghori. Are they safe to approach? I’m in trouble and I really need help.

    Can u tell me where exactly is this Pashupati? Which state? Is it true that they can control our soul?

    I want to meet an Aghori because my kid is born with Microtia(ear deformitie). Is it must that I need to take my kid also? Please reply. I need all the info quite badly.

    • Hi Geeta,
      Thanks for your feedback on article.

      The Aghori from Pashupati was safe to approach and friendly, but I can’t give you advice on other Aghori’s because I’ve only met one Aghori.

      This Pashupati is located at the banks of river Bagmati in Kathmandu, Nepal. After you visit Kathmandu, it isn’t that far.
      Pashupatinath on Google Maps
      I’ll probably write a post on how to get there since everybody is asking the same question.
      For more info you can google. There are lots of resources there.

      I don’t think they can control soul. But again, my assumption is only based on this particular Aghori I’ve met. So, I can’t say if every Aghori is like that.

      If you want to pay Aghori baba a visit for your kid, then I think it’s better that you also take your kid.

      • Thanks a lot for your reply Manish. It means a lot. I really admire your honesty. You answered straight to the point without creating hype over the fact that you met Aghori and you know everything about them.

        Actually I’m from India, so could not figure out where Pashupati is located. So I guess I cannot travel all the way to Nepal. Hope I find one true aghori in India itself.

        Do keep posting info about Aghories in case you get any updates. Would like to read them.

        Once again, thanks a lot. Your info was truly useful.

        • Hi Geetha, If you like to meet real Aghori’s please visit kashi. That is the place you can meet all type of Aghori people. They have their own community you can talk to them, they will respond to you nicely.

  10. Thank you especially for mentioning the Vajrasan (thunderbolt position) bit. I have been too fixated on Padmasan (Lotus position) and totally forgot about trying Vajrasan for my meditations.

  11. It is good to see Aghori Baba. Really, you are a lucky person but him what is kirya yoga and how we can see god with thanks.

    • Aghori are the people who will do sadhanas for super natural powers and want to know the secrets of universe pray to lord Shiva and Sri Sadguru Dattareya even this gods are called Aghori.
      Coming to yoga, there are 8 types of yoga to learn. Among them, 4 are practiced by common people who take food and remaining they are short form to gain Siddi in 3 or 4 years by Aghori who take juice of roots and practice 64 asanas.

      I had a guru if you want to know anything about Aghori sadhana i can explain what is kula and how to gain supreme power that which Aghori are trying to get.

  12. Excellent posting dude.. It was interesting I have a story when I met these Aghori’s in Gokarna. I will post it here when ever I am free.

    Thanks

  13. Dear friend Manish,

    Namaste,

    I loved your style of narrating the adventure experiences with the aghori tiger baba of pashupatinath..recently, I finished reading ‘Living with Himalayan Masters’ by Swami Rama..I was time travelling during reading that book and i felt almost same here..thank you buddy..i would definitely visit these places in near future with my equal minded fellowbeings/folks..god bless you..Aum Namah Shivaya..

  14. First of all, thanks for sharing all this. It will probably help other people who want more info on this.

    However, did you write all this or copied it from somewhere? If copied, I’d rather share the link instead of writing everything here in the comment itself.