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Mahamandaleshwar (or Maha Mandaleshwar) is a title used by some Hindu monks of the Dashanami order of swamis, founded by Shankaracharya.[1] The world Mahamandaleshwar means "superior of great and/or numerous monasteries" or "superior of a religious district or province"; the title implies a great spiritual leader.[2]

In 2019, nine foreigners were given the title mahamandaleshwar for the first time at the Kumbh Mela.[3]

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  1. ^ "Special Feature: Kumbha Mela, Beseeching Mother Ganga's Blessings". Hinduism Today. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  2. ^ The Vedanta Kesari. Sri Ramakrishna Math. 2010. p. 226.
  3. ^ "9 foreigners to be ordained as 'mahamandaleshwar'". The Times of India. February 8, 2019. Retrieved 2022-11-22.