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Haridwar, India - March 10, 2010: Portrait of naga sadhu at Kumbh Mela. Male Sadhu coverd by ashes posing at a large shelter camp at Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal. A Sadhu(Holy Man) is usually referred to as Baba by common people. There are naked( Naga) Sadhus who wear their hair in thick dreadlocks and are covered by ashes. Sadhus gather from all regions in India at the Kumbh Mela which is a major Hindu festival that takes place every 3 years.
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Kumbh Mela a Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather at a sacred river for a bath in the river. It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain. Thus the Kumbh Mela is held at each of these four places every twelfth year. The rivers at these four places are: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar, the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the Godawari at Nasik, and the Shipra at Ujjain.
The pilgrimage is held for about 45 days at each of these four places. The festival is one of the world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims.
Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal.
A Sadhu(Holy Man/Woman) is usually referred to as Baba by common people. Sadhus can be either male or female, although the great majority is male.There are naked( Naga) Sadhus who wear their hair in thick dreadlocks.The Naga Sadhus are covered by ashes and wear only the blue sky as their dress. Sadhus gather from all regions in India at the Kumbh Mela.
Thera are millions of Sadhus in India today.
Especially in popular pilgrimage cities, posing as a sadhu can be a means of acquiring income for non-devout beggars.
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