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Sadhu – Meaning of the Term Sadhu in Hindu Religious Context

What is the meaning of the term Sadhu in Hindu Religious context. Sadhu literally means wise, discreet, pious and judicious. One who performs his duties as per Dharma is also referred as a Sadhu.

As per Brahmanda Purana, Sadhu is an incarnation of Shiva.

As per Garuda Purana, one who is not overwhelmed by joy when receiving honors nor enraged when humiliated is a Sadhu. He never utters harsh words even when he is harassed.