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Unravelling the mystery of wandering Jogis from 15th century India

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Who were the mysterious wandering Jogis (or Yogis) that appear on inscriptions all over India?

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Numerous graffito or pilgrim inscriptions appear on temple architecture across India that mention the names of certain Jogis (or Yogis). These Jogis were itinerant, and would travel thousands of kilometers on foot. For example, the inscriptions of ‘Jogi Magaradhaja’ are plentiful and these are scattered over a vast area lying from the foothills of Himalayas in the North to Deccan in the South, and from Gujarat in the West to Bangladesh in the East.

In this lecture, Amol Bankar will discuss his recent research on these inscriptions to tell the story of these wandering Jogis. Who were they, what was their sectarian affiliation, and where do they fit into the historical time line? With the help of literary texts, epigraphical studies, and oral traditions, Banker has begun to answer these questions.

This is a free event, but booking is required. See our other upcoming events at the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies here, including a second talk by Mr. Bankar.

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Mr. Amol N. Bankar is an Indian researcher working in the domains of Epigraphy and Numismatics with his prime focus on pre-modern Maharashtra. Mr. Bankar has contributed more than 30 articles in numismatics and epigraphy in leading Journals of National and International repute. He had also received a scholarship from University of Oxford for the year 2018 for his research in Indian Numismatics. In the last few years he has been studying hagiographies of Nāthasiddhas and writing a monograph on the 'The Nāthasiddha tradition of early medieval Maharashtra.'

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