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Naga Baba under large grass bell, at a makeshift camp high in the mountains, on the road to Gangotri (India)

It was very cold and this Sadhu was almost naked, and covered with Vibhuti (sacred ash).­

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April 26, 2013
National Highway 108, Taknaur Renge, Uttarakhand 249135, India
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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.­

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 of a motorcycle trip on the road from Tehri up to to Gangotri (India)

The Gangotri road goes up the Bhagirathi river valley.­ The Bhagirathi is one of the headstreams of the Ganges.­

A good portion of the Bhagirathi is flooded by the Tehri reservoir (artificial lake).

The road ends at Gangotri, an important Hindu pilgrimage destination on the Bhagirathi river, high in the Himalaya mountains.­

Along the way, there are a few villages and an abandoned Hydro Power Project (Loharinag-Pala), with some tunnels that can be explored if you have a flash-light and do not mind jumping over the gates.­ Some of the tunnels are flooded.­

Gangotri has no full-time inhabitants, and it is just guarded by a few soldiers during the winter time.­ Early in the season, before thousands of Hindu Yatri (pilgrims) arrive in Gangotri, all the shops are closed.­ The town comes to life only later, in late spring and summer, when the pilgrims arrive.­

When I arrived in Gangotri in early spring, by motorbike, the place was really like a ghost town!

Only a few locals were there, mostly to repair the accommodations and get them ready for the pilgrims that would come in mass later in the season.­ Luckily I managed to find a room (very cold, with no heat and with no water) and a place to eat dinner.­

For more info, go to:
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Gangotri
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Bhagirathi_­River
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Loharinag_­Pala_­Hydro_­Power_­Project