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A North Indian bhakti tradition, drawing on the songs and practices of ‘five saints’—chief among whom are their founder, the 16th century sant, Dādū, and Kabīr (The other three are Nāmdev, Haridāsa, and Raidāsa.) Devotees (Dādūpanthīs) attempt to induce a state of non-dual dependence on God by chanting his name. The movement has two main branches: the Khālsā, based at Nairaiṇā in Rajasthan, and the Uttarādhā. Membership is now restricted to the higher castes, and has both lay and ascetic (virakta) divisions. A Dādūpanthī Nāgā regiment was formed in the 17th century, but has since been domesticated.

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