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The Navanath (हिंदी - नवनाथ), also spelt as Navnatha in vernacular languages, are the nine saints, Masters or Naths on whom the Navnath Sampradaya, the lineage of the nine gurus, is based.[1] They are worshipped collectively as well as individually.[2]

Nine gurusEdit

Some members of the Nath Sampraday believe Rishi Dattatreya, an incarnation of the Hindu trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva was its first teacher.[3][1][4] Other traditions hold that Matsyendranath received initiation directly from Shiva, also known as Adi Nath. In many modern Nath groups, worship of Gorakshanath and Shiva is primary. The nine teachers, collectively known as Navnaths, are considered representative of great teachers in this tradition or parampara.[4]

Several lists are known:

Nisargadatta MaharajEdit

According to Maurice Frydman, the translator of Nisargadatta Maharaj's I Am That, "the most widely accepted list"[5][4] and Suamitra Mullarpattan is as follows:

  1. Machindranath or Matsyendranath,(9th Century), "who was said to be, initiated by one of the three primary Hindu gods (Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma), namely by Shiva, in the science and teaching of Yoga."[4]
  2. Gorakshanath or Gorakhnath
  3. Jalindranath or Jalindranath
  4. Kanifnath or Kanhoba
  5. Gahininath or Gehininath
  6. Bhartrinath or Bhartarinath or Raja Bhartari or Bhartṛhari
  7. Revananath or Revan Siddh or Kada Siddha or Ravalanath
  8. Charpatinath or Charpatakshnath
  9. Naganath or Nageshnath

List 2Edit

Matsyendranath (the chief Natha), Gorakshanatha, Charpatinatha, Mangalnatha, Ghugonatha, Gopinatha, Prannatha, Suratnatha and Cambanatha. They are not related to the divisions of the orders.[6]

List 3Edit

In another list each Natha is identified with a Hindu god:1. Aumkar Adinatha (Lord of Lords), Siva; 2. Shelnatha (Lord of the Arrow Shaft), Krisna or Rama Chandra; 3. Santoknatha (Lord of Gratification) 4. Acalacambhunatha (Lord of Wondrous Immortality), Hanuman or Laksman; 5. Gajbali Gajkanthnatha (Lord of the Elephant's Strength and Neck)) Ganesa Gajikarna (Elephant-Eared); 6. Prajnatha, or Udaynatha (Lord of the People), Parvati; 7. Mayarupi Macchendranatha (The Wondrous Form), Guru of Gorakhnatha; 8. Gathepinde Ricayakari, or Naranthar, Sambhujaiti Guru Gorakhnatha; 9. Gyansarupe, or Purakh Siddh Cauranjwenatha, or Puran Bhagat.[6]

List 4Edit

Orhkarinath, Visnu; Samtokanath, Visnu; Gajboli, Gajana, Hanuman; Acalesvar, Ganpati; Udayanatha, Surya; Parvati Prem, Mahadeo; Santhanatha, Brahma; Gyaniji Siddhacewarafigi, Jaggannath; Mayarupi, Matsya. The Nathas are also the guardian spirits of the Himalayan peaks.[6]

List 5Edit

1.Adinath 2. Udaynath Parvati 3.Satyanath Brahamaji 4.Santoshnath Vishnuji 5.Achabhenath Shesh 6.Kanthadnath Ganeshji 7.Chaurangi Chandrma 8.Matsyendranath 9.Gorakhnathh.[6]

List 6Edit

Omkarnath, Udaynath, Santoshnath, Achalnath, Gajbalinath, Gyannath, Chauranginath, Matsyendranath, Gorakhnath.[6]

List 7Edit

Macchendranatha, Gorakhnath, Jalandhernath, Kanifnath, Charpatinath, Naagnath, Bhartrharinath, Gahininath, Ravennath.[6]

List 8Edit

Shri Gorakhnath, Javaalendranath, Kaarinanath, Gahini nath, Charpath nath, Revan nath, Naag nath, Bharthari Nath, Gopichand Nath.[6]

The nine Naths are the incarnations of nine Narayanas who help Lord Narayan in taking care of the worldly activities. Lord Krishna had summoned the nine Narayans to his court for deciding the establishment of Nath Sampraday.


  1. ^ a b, Navnath Sampradaya Archived 2015-02-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Berntsen 1988.
  3. ^ Dikshit 1988, p. 271.
  4. ^ a b c d Boucher n.d.
  5. ^ Dikshit 1988.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Shri Gorakhanath". Retrieved 2020-07-04.


Further readingEdit

  • Powell, Robert, ed. (2004). Nectar of Immortality: Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Discourses on the Eternal. ISBN 81-208-1733-8..