From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dhauti literally means ‘process of cleansing’.

Dhauti is one of the well-known ṣaṭkarmas or six purificatory processes in Haṭhayoga and is of four kinds. According to the scriptures, mokṣa or spiritual emancipation should be the goal of life. This can be attained through yoga. Yoga may be practiced in two stages:

  1. Haṭhayoga - It prepares the body by cleaning it so that it is free from all the ailments.
  2. Rājayoga - It cleanses the mind by giving it the power to reveal or realize the Self within.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore