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By Swami Harshananda

Siddhis literally means ‘powers’.

In general, the word siddhi indicates the fulfillment of any effort. In a more technical sense, it stands for the supernatural powers gained by sādhanas.[1]

Siddhis as per Yogasutras

The Yogasutras[2] of Patañjali[3] states that siddhis are attained by:

Eight siddhis, called as aṣṭasiddhis, are generally mentioned by the treatises on yoga like the Yogasutras.[4] This work mentions several other siddhis also.[5] A warning is also administered about them being obstacles in the path before realization.[6]


  1. Sādhanas means yogic exercises and spiritual practices.
  2. Yogasutras 4.1
  3. He lived in 200 B. C.
  4. Yogasutras means 3.45
  5. Yogasutras 2.35 up to 3.48
  6. Yogasutras 3.37
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore