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By debu    
Sadhu with ash painting
During important festival sadhus(Hindu holy men) cover their bodies with paint,sandal wood ash,and even sequins. Hindus Sadhus and Buddhist monks have some similar customs. Both wander from place to place, surviving off alms and the goodness of others. In India it is a tradition for old men to leave their families and seek salvation. This is rooted in the Hindu belief in four stages of life: 1) studentship; 2) becoming a householder; 3) retiring to the forest to meditate; and 4) becoming a mendicant ( sadhu/sannyasi ).

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25 Jul 2021 1:16PM
Excellent Debu, great detail,
RonDM Plus
6 189 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2021 1:28PM
Great picture

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
25 Jul 2021 1:45PM
The smoke has made this mysterious and giving it lots of atmosphere.
25 Jul 2021 1:50PM
Gorgeous capture.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
25 Jul 2021 2:07PM
Amazing image Debu
johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
25 Jul 2021 2:26PM
A lovely and very interesting image Debu.
25 Jul 2021 2:52PM
Such an amazing shot, the smoke in this makes it exceptional!
The shot is mystical and beautifully captured.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2021 7:57PM
A fascinating slice of culture. Wonderful image Debu...
Isabel GrinGrin
25 Jul 2021 8:10PM
Excellent Debu...Lin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2021 6:57AM
Excellent capture of this ritual.

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