Navnath are nine great saints who spread Navnath Sampradaya, initiated by Lord Dattatreya, in the world. These nine saints are actually nine super-super human beings who with their honesty, selflessness, austerity, devotion for their teacher, Lord Dattatreya, and the mantra power defeated the deities like Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Hanuman, Virbhadra, Indra (King of heaven), Goddess Chamunda, Vetal (King of ghosts), ashtabhairava, and others according to the book “Navnath Bhaktisar.” They had a weapon called “Vatakarshan Astra” which was invincible even for Gods.
Names of those nine great saints are as follows:
1. Matsyendranath or Macchchendranath.
2. Gorakhnath or Gorakshnath.
3. Jalandernath or Jan Peer.
5. Gahininath also known as Gaibi Peer.
6. Nagesh Nath.
Apart from those, there are also Minnath and Dharmanath who are children of Macchchendranath.
They are supposed to be the reincarnation of Bhagwan Narayan in Kaliyuga. Lord Krishna directed them to reincarnate in Kaliyuga. As per his direction, “Kavi Narayan” reincarnated into Macchchendranath, “Hari Narayan” into Gorakshnath, “Antariksha Narayan” into Jalandernath, “Prabuddha Narayan” into Kanifnath, “Pippalayan Narayan” into Charpatnath, “Avirhotra Narayan” into Nageshnath, “Drumila Narayan” into Bhartarinath, “Chamas Narayan” into Revannath, and “Karbhajan Narayan” into Gahininath.
The main aim of Navnath’s life was to create Shabar Mantras for the welfare of masses. These nine saints are believed to be immortal. After becoming inactive, their 84 disciples preached the Nath Sampradaya and to the date it is considered to be a very powerful and popular Sampradaya all around the world. Navnaths are most popular and worshipped in Maharashtra state of India.
Macchchendranath and Gorakshnath are revered in Buddhism also and are supposed to be Mahasiddhas.
They used to say “Alakh Niranjan” frequently.
After Lord Navnath, their 84 disciples propagated Nath Sampradaya all over the world. Some of the names of those disciples are given below:
Raghavsidhda, Balsidhda, Gokatsidhda, Jabusidhda, Naimityik, Sarendrak, Huksha, Dwarbhairav, Ransidhda, Jogi, Sharangi, Nijananda, Nainniranjan, Yadu, Gaiwandkshudra, Kastsidhda, Uresh, Suresh, Dhuresh, Kuhar, Keshmardan, Sudhdakapur, Bhatendra, Katabhrava, Sabar, Dakshendra, Anirva, Aproksha, Kamukarnav, Sahansidhda, Dakshalayan, Devsidhda, Pakshendra, Saksh, Nirnayanava, Hardantan, Bohman, Hukshe, Krishnapalayan, Hema, Kshetranta, Ratnagar, Vinaybhaskar, Dattadhan, Pavanbhargava, Suksharnava, Yathartha, Kavitsharva, Vadham, Prokshit, Sharuk, Waluk, Sharabh, Sahan, Prokshitshairbha, Kokil, Kasmitwach, Sanhati, Lobh, Bhratrak, Chirankalvrunda, Narayan, Kalika, Sabraji, Sulaksha, Luksha, Moksharnava, Samartha, Dwar, Bhardraksha.
Navnath Bhakitsar or Navnath Pothi: This holy book was actually written by Gorakshanath or Gorakhnath and was later translated into Marathi by Malu Narhari Kavi in 1741. It contains 40 chapters and 7600 ovyas (stanzas), which if read in a particular manner are believed to wipe out all your sorrows, black magic, and ghostly things from your house. Those who read the at least 40th chapter everyday, Navnath themselves stay in that house and protect the reader and his family from all the disasters. Only males are allowed to read this book. Females may hear the stories read by others.
Some sacred places of Navnath:
1. Matsyendranath or Macchchendranath: Sawargaon, Taluka: Aashti, District: Beed (Maharashtra)
2. Gorakhnath or Gorakshnath: Girnar, Junagarh (Gujrat)
3. Jalandernath or Jan Peer: Yeolewadi, Taluka: Patoda, District: Ahmednagar (Maharashtra)
4. Kanifnath: Madhi, Taluka: Pathardi, District: Ahmednagar (Maharashtra)
5. Gahininath : Chinchore, Taluka: Nevasa, District: Ahmednagar (Maharashtra)
6. Nagesh Nath: Wadwal, Taluka: Mohol, District: Solapur (Maharashtra)
7. Charpatnath: Still believed to be visiting pilgrimages.
8. Bhartarinath. Harangul, Taluka: Gangakhed, District: Parbhani (Maharashtra)
9. Revananath: Vite, District: Sangali (Maharashtra)
Other Important pilgrimages: Girnar mountain (Gujrat), Tryambakeshwar (Nashik), Anjneri Mountain (Nashik), Saptashrunga Garh (Nashik), Vajreshwari (Thane), Vrudhdeshwar (Ahmednagar), Garbhagiri (Ahmednagar), Battis Shirala (Sangli), Ujjaine (Madhya Pradesh), Alandi (Pune).
Following are some Navnath mantras:
Gorakshajalandar Charpatashcha| Adbangkanif Machchhindradyaha|
Chourangirevankabhartisandnya| Bhumyan Babhuvurnavnathsidhdaha||
Om Namo Sidhdanavam Angushthaay Namah Mukhay Namo Namah||
Sirbrahma Dhundhuhakar Shirase Brahma Tanam Tanam Tanam Namo Namah||
Om Rhaam Draam Chaitanya Dattatreya Gorakshaay Sidhday Namah||
Source: Sankatnashak Shaabri Kavach, Navnath Bhaktisara
Note: The language used in Navnath Bhaktisar is old Marathi, which is a little bit difficult to understand for pure Marathi people also. So, it is quite possible that some mistakes in the names or incidences might have occurred. We apologize to the readers and to Lord Navnath for that.
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