naga sadhu on small boat on the ganges river - varanasi (india)


Hindu devotees and Naga Sadhu (acetic Hindu monk with his naked body covered with white Vibhuti holy ash), on a small boat crossing the Ganges river, in Varanasi (India)

For more info on Sadhus, go to:
factsanddetails.­com/­world/­cat55/­sub354/­item1345.­html
en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Sadhu

For more info about Naga [naked] Sadhus, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Dashanami_­Sampradaya.
For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi.

For more info about Vibhuti, the Hindu holy ash, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Vibhuti.

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi.

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Dashashmedh Road, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

Photos taken in the Hindu Holy city of Varanasi - also know as Benares (India).­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi

Photos of Sadhus (Hindu holy men) in India.­

In Hinduism, sadhu is a common term for 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 saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing renunciation.­

A Sadhu is usually referred to as Baba by common people.­ The word 'baba' means father, or uncle, in many Indian languages.­

For more info on Sadhus, go to:
factsanddetails.­com/­world/­cat55/­sub354/­item1345.­html
en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Sadhu

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­