Pranami is the name given to at least two spiritual traditions originating in the Indian region of Gujarat. Both stem from the teachings of two important 16th-17th century philosopher-saints, Sri Devchandra Maharaj and his foremost disciple Sri Mehraj Thakur (commonly known today by the name Mahamati Prannath or Prananath).
While there is disagreement between these two sects as to whether they are a subset of Hinduism or a separate faith, both generally follow similar doctrines - a panentheistic view of God influenced by the Shuddhadvaita philosophy of Vallabhacharya, a pluralistic outlook on religion, strict vegetarianism and a reverence for the Kulzam Swaroop (also known as the Tartam Sagar), a scripture composed of 14 books attributed to Prannath.
There are an estimated 5-10 million Pranamis found primarily throughout North India, particularly the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Assam, as well as the eastern half of Nepal.
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