(Last Updated on : 22/09/2009)
As per the Hindu mythology, Nirmalas is one of the divisions of the Sikhs who profess to dedicate themselves entirely to a religious life.
Nirmalas lead a life of celibacy, and disregard their personal appearance, often roaming about naked. The Nirmalas do not gather together in colleges, nor do they observe any particular form of Divine service, but confine their dedication to speculative meditation on the inspection of the writings of Nanak, Kabir, and other Unitarian teachers.
The Nirmalas are always leading a life of solitude, supported by their disciples, or wealthy persons who may happen to favour the sect. The Nirmalas are known as able expounders of the Vedanta philosophy, in which Brahmans do not disdain to accept of their instructions. They are not a very numerous body on the whole, but a few of them are almost always to be found at the principal seats of Hindu wealth, and particularly at Benaras.
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