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Kumbh Mela pilgrimage Allahabad, India

Kumbh Mela Spiritual Festival, pilgrimage Allahabad, India This sadhu (renunciate) is almost buried in the malas (lit. "garlands") of rudrasksha beads he is wearing.

A Hindu devotee at the Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

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Aghori, smoking out of a chillum / found via Nischal Karki

Aghori, smoking out of a chillum / found via Nischal Karki

Sadhu ascetic holy man, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi, India

Sadhu ascetic holy man, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi, India- he looks so happy.

Saffron Sadhus Portraits : images of holy men

Saffron Sadhus Portraits

images of holy men - These candid images of holy men in Pushkar, India were taken by award-winning travel, portrait and landscape photographer Brian Hodges.

saddu  in front of the red fort in Agra, India  by phitar (philippe tarbouriech)

sleepy man inspiration - saddu in front of the red fort in Agra, India by phitar (philippe tarbouriech)

In Hinduism, sadhu, or shadhu is a common term for a mystic, an ascetic, practitioner of yoga (yogi) and/or wandering monks. The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving the fourth and final Hindu goal of life, moksha (liberation), through meditation and contemplation of Brahman. Sadhus often wear ochre-colored clothing, symbolizing renunciation. ’Sādhu!’ is also a Sanskrit and Pali term used as an exclamation for something well done

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Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.Rare individuals who who live in isolation for years only coming out to make the holy pilgrimage down to the sacred Ganges River for their morning bath, and to share their knowledge.

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Chimbu Papuan man, covered with mud - Papua New Guinea Eglu Narko, from Chimbu men tribe. With mud on his face to celebrate a death. - Papua New Guinea , Highlands, Mount Hagen festival singsing © Eric Lafforgue www.

Smoking is bad for your health !

Sadhus live an ascetic life on the fringes of society. They abstain from sex, cut all family ties, have no possessions, no house, wear few .


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