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South Asia's holy men
A look at South Asia's Hindu holy men, or sadhus.
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January 13, 2016
Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men, smeared with ash, pass on a chillum to smoke inside their makeshift camps...
Sagar Island, India
Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men pass on a chillum to smoke inside their makeshift camps ahead of Makar...
Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men, smeared with ash, pass on a chillum to smoke inside their makeshift camps near the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the "Makar Sankranti" festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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August 27, 2015
A Naga sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, applies ash at his camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the...
A Naga sadhu applies ash at his camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in...
A Naga sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, applies ash at his camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 27, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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February 17, 2015
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smokes marijuana in a chillum on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smokes marijuana in a chillum on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smokes marijuana in a chillum on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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March 04, 2013
A sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies ashes to his body at his ashram at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, applies ashes on his body at his ashram at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
A sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies ashes to his body at his ashram at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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January 13, 2016
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay...
Sagar Island, India
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay...
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the "Makar Sankranti" festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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February 16, 2015
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, looks into the mirror as he applies ashes on his face at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, looks into the mirror as he applies ashes on his face at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, looks into the mirror as he applies ashes on his face at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 14, 2012
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits near the fire to dry the ashes smeared on his body at his ashram in...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits near the fire to dry the ashes smeared on his body at his ashram in Pashupatinath...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits near the fire to dry the ashes smeared on his body at his ashram in Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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September 13, 2015
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, wait during a procession before taking a dip in a holy pond during the...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, wait during a procession before taking a dip in a holy pond during the...
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, wait during a procession before taking a dip in a holy pond during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in Trimbakeshwar, India, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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February 15, 2015
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in...
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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August 29, 2015
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, arrive to take a dip in a holy pond during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, arrive to take a dip in a holy pond during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand...
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, arrive to take a dip in a holy pond during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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February 10, 2010
A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, whose followers say has not moved his arm and cut his fingernails for 32...
Haridwar, India
A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, whose followers say have not moved his arm and cut his fingernails for 32...
A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, whose followers say has not moved his arm and cut his fingernails for 32 years, sits in a camp near the banks of the Ganges river, during "Kumbh Mela" or Pitcher Festival, in the northern town of Haridwar February 10, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, performs yoga at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, performs yoga at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, performs yoga at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 04, 2014
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, perform prayers while sitting inside circles of burning "Upale" (or dried...
Allahabad, India
Sadhus perform prayers while sitting inside circles of burning "Upale" on banks of river Ganges during...
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, perform prayers while sitting inside circles of burning "Upale" (or dried cow dung cakes) on the banks of the river Ganges during the Magh Mela festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
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February 19, 2012
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, recites the holy book of Ramayana on the eve of Shivaratri festival at the...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, recites holy book of Ramayana the eve of Shivaratri festival at premises of...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, recites the holy book of Ramayana on the eve of Shivaratri festival at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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June 19, 2013
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks down a staircase at an ashram in New Delhi June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito...
New Delhi, India
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks down a staircase at an ashram in New Delhi
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks down a staircase at an ashram in New Delhi June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
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March 04, 2013
A Hindu sadhu (holy man) applies paint to his forehead at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu sadhu applies paint to his forehead at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
A Hindu sadhu (holy man) applies paint to his forehead at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 10, 2013
A sadhu or Hindu holy man rides a horse after taking a dip during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath),...
Allahabad, India
A sadhu or Hindu holy man rides a horse after taking a dip during the second "Shahi Snan" of the ongoing...
A sadhu or Hindu holy man rides a horse after taking a dip during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath), of the ongoing "Kumbh Mela" or Pitcher Festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad February 10, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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December 12, 2013
A Sadhu or Hindu holy man plays a flute as he sits under a tree at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Sadhu plays a flute as he sits under a tree at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu
A Sadhu or Hindu holy man plays a flute as he sits under a tree at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu December 12, 2013. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at his ashram on the...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at his ashram on the...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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January 13, 2015
A "Sadhu", or a Hindu holy man, offers prayers after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges...
Sagar Island, India
A Sadhu offers prayers after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal,...
A "Sadhu", or a Hindu holy man, offers prayers after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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February 27, 2014
Hindu holy men, or sadhus, play traditional instruments as they sit at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy men sit at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu...
Hindu holy men, or sadhus, play traditional instruments as they sit at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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December 10, 2012
A "Naga Sadhu", or holy man, holds a sacred lamp as he performs evening prayer on the river bank of Yamuna...
Allahabad, India
A holy man holds a sacred lamp as he performs evening prayer on the river bank of Yamuna ahead of the...
A "Naga Sadhu", or holy man, holds a sacred lamp as he performs evening prayer on the river bank of Yamuna ahead of the "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
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January 14, 2013
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy brandishes a sword as he attends the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at the ongoing...
Allahabad, India
Hindu holy brandishes sword as he attends first "Shahi Snan" at ongoing "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival,...
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy brandishes a sword as he attends the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at the ongoing "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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