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Panthan or Panth (meaning "path" in Sanskrit) is the term used for several religious traditions in India. A panth is founded by a guru or an acharya, and is often led by scholars or senior practitioners of the tradition.

Some of the major panthas in India are:

  1. Khalsa Panth (Guru Gobind Singh's Sikhism)
  2. Nanak Panth (Sikhism)
  3. Sahaja Panth (Universal)
  4. Kabir Panth (Part of the Sahaja)
  5. Dadu Panth (Part of the Sahaja)
  6. Tera Panth (Jain)
  7. Satnami Panth (Hindu)
  8. Nath Panth (Hindu)
  9. Varkari Panth (Hindu)
  10. Sat Panth (Shia, Islamic)
  11. Rasul Panth (Islamic)
  12. Pagal Panth (Islamic)


  • Kabir and the Kabir Panth by G. H. Wescott, South Asia Books; (July 1, 1986)
  • The Bijak of Kabir by Linda Hess and Shukdev Singh, Oxford University Press, 2002
  • One Hundred Poems of Kabir: Translated by Rabindranath Tagore. Assisted by Evelin Underhill, Adamant Media Corporation, 2005
  • Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia by Dominique Sila-Khan, I. B. Tauris in Association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies; (November 4, 2004)