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What is a Hindu saint or sage called?

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Hindu saints and sages are called by various names, including gurus, swamis, rishis and sadhus. These men and women are renowned for their purity and wisdom.

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What is a Hindu saint or sage called?
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Hindu saints are not formally canonized but rather are recognized for their achievements by popular acclaim. Each type of saint has a different focus. Gurus are teachers, and swamis are yogis or religious gurus who also have a formal religious credential. The rishis are sages or poets. Sadhus are ascetics, mendicant monks and others who have renounced the world. Beyond saint, a siddha is one who has attained perfection or magical powers, and a mahatma is a great and renowned saint, often a guru.

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