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Guru-parampara

The Sanskrit word “Parampara” means an uninterrupted row, succession or sequence and refers to the lineage of teachers and disciples in Indian religions. All traditional Gurus have their proper Guru paramparas.

The Natha Sampradaya (the Natha Tradition) consists of the 12 principal Panths (branches or subdivisions (streams). Each of them has its own lineage of Gurus. The Panths were founded by famous Siddha-Gurus customarily as a rule originating from Adinath, Matsyendranath and Gorakshanath. A Panth can also have more than one Parampara. This is due to the fact that its founding Guru had various Gurus with different Paramparas. In some cases Natha Gurus can be listed in Siddha, Tantric, Vaishnava, or even Buddhist lineages what may be somewhat confusing, but not surprising because the Natha Sampradaya is a nonsectarian Tradition.

In 2005 our Guru, Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj, was initiated as an aughar by Guru Yogi Mithleshnath Maharaj who belongs to the Dharmanathi Panth (Devi Patan, India) of the Natha Sampradaya; he was ordained into sannyasin (darshani) by his Chira-guru Yogi Devnath Maharaj (Ayi-Panth). According to the rules of the Sampradaya, Yogi Matsyendranath accepted Guruji Mithleshnath Maharaj as his mula-Guru (primary Guru) and the Dharmanathi Panth as the principal one.

Below two lineages of our Guru in the Dharmanath Panth are indicated. One lineage is connected to Tantric Gurus:

Adinatha → Atrinath → Dattatreya → Janardana → Ekanatha → Nityananda → Krishnananda → Vishibananda → Muhranatha → Ranganatha → Gopalanatha → Balabhadranatha → Dilvarnatha → Sundarnatha → Brahmanatha → Gambhirnatha → Digvijayanatha → Navaminatha → Kamalnatha → Mithleshnatha → Matsyendranath

The other lineage consists of only Natha Gurus. The dates indicate the period when a particular Guru was serving as a Mahant (which means “chief officiant of a temple”). For more information about the Guru, please click here.


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Adinatha

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Matsyendranath

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Gorakshanath 
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Mahant Yogi Viranath 
(1576-1670)

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Mahant Yogi Priyanath 
(1670-1758)

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Mahant Yogi Bolaknath 
(1758-1786)

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Mahant Yogi Manasanath 
(1786-1811)

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Mahant Yogi Santoshnath 
(1811-1831)

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Mahant Yogi Mahirnath 
(1831-1855)

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Mahant Yogi Gopalanatha 
(1855-1880)

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Mahant Yogi Balabhadranath 
(1880-1889)

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Mahant Yogi Dilvarnath 
(1889-1899)

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Mahant Yogi Sundarnath 
(1899-1906)

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Mahant Yogi Brahmanath 
(1906-1934)

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Mahant Yogi Gambhirnath

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Mahant Yogi Digvijayanath 
(1934-1969)

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Guru Yogi Navaminath 
(1969-1980)

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Guru Yogi Kamalnath 
(1980-1999)

Guru Yogi Mithleshnath
Guru Yogi Mithleshnath 
(1999)

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Guru Yogi Matsyendranath 
(2004)

In 2005 year, Yogi Guru Matsyendranatha was initiated as aughar by Guru Yogi Mithleshnath Maharaj, belonging to Dharmanathi's line (India, Uttar Pradesh, Balya city); he received the sannyasa (darshani) from Chira-guru Yogi Shri Devnath Maharaj, belonging to Ayi-pantha's line. This panth was founded by Guru Shri Mastanath, who is considered as incarnation Mahayogi Guru Gorakshanath.