baba (hindu holy man) with cow - orchha (india)


Baba (Hindu holy man) with cow - Orchha (India)

He has the Ramanandi Tilaka (Tilak) ritual forehead mark.­

For more info about the Ramanandi Hindu sect, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Ramanandi_­Sampradaya.

For more info about the Tilaka Hindu Ritual Mark, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Tilaka.

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MDR 30B, Uttar Pradesh, India

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 the village of Orchha (India).­ This village used to be an important city and it has many ruined temples and palaces.­ This is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims.­

For more information about this place, read the Wikipedia article: en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Orchha

Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.­

Photos of cows, and related bovine animals (e.­g.­ calves, oxes, bulls, water buffaloes, yacks).­

I have not included photos of butchered cows (body-parts and meat, i.­e.­ beef).­ Those can be seen in my Meat Markets series.