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Avarna communities are those that do not belong to one of the four varnas (Hindu social castes).[1][2].They are also known as Panchama. They were Untouchables.

Avarana is a Sanskrit term that translates as 'covering' or 'obstruction'. It is considered to be one of the three defects of the mind that hinder spiritual progression. Avarana is a veil of ignorance that dulls the mind and prevents people from seeing their true/higher self. Without lifting the veil of Avarana, it is not possible to know Atman or Brahman.[3]



  1. ^ DR Jatava (2011). The Hindu Sociology. Surabhi Publications. p. 92.
  2. ^ Y?jñika, Acyuta and Sheth, Suchitra (2005). The Shaping of Modern Gujarat: Plurality, Hindutva, and Beyond, p. 260. Penguin Books India
  3. ^ "What is Avarana? - Definition from Yogapedia". Yogapedia.com. Retrieved .

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