From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vairagis, VairAgis, Vairaagis

Vairāgis literally means ‘persons of renunciation’.

Vairāgīs or bairāgīs are religious ascetics of any of the Vaiṣṇava orders. They wear white clothes and apply urdhvapuṇḍra[1] on their foreheads, made of white clay and red pigment. They generally wear their hair as a crown and may also grow beard. There are several sects and sub-sects among them.


  1. Urdhvapuṇḍra means vertical religious mark.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore