SADHUS, HOLY MEN OF INDIA, BY TUHIN SUBHRA DEY

Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material and sexual attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal. A Sadhu is usually referred to as Baba by common people. The word baba also means father, grandfather, or uncle in many Indian languages. Sometimes the respectful suffix -ji may also be added after baba, to give greater respect to the renunciate.

TOWARDS INFINITY…

Sadhus are not unified in their practices. Some live in the mountains alone for years at a time, eating only a few bananas. Others walk around with one hand in the air for decades. Still others partake in the religious consumption of charas (hand-made cannabis hashish) and contemplate the cosmic nature and presence of God.

FRIENDS

A Sadhu and his disciple.

GARI BABA

Gari means car in Hindi. Every year he comes with a brand new car at Ganagasagar fair, don’t ask me about his car license, after all he is a Sadhu..;-)

MAKEUP

Shot in Rash mela (fair) festival in Kolkata , India. The Rash Mela is held every year to let the people indulge in the festivities involving the Rash Yatra Festival. Many fairs are organized around the state of West Bengal, including some in the capital Kolkata, but the greatest of them is the annual Rash Mela in Cooch Behar.

THE FLUTE PLAYER AND HIS FAN

At Gangasagar transit camp.

ANGER

An angry sadhu at a transit camp of Gangasagar Fair.
WORSHIPING

Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed to one or more deities. The word is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship — to give, at its simplest, worth to something, for example, Christian worship.

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