Two young Sadhus in shelter camp at Kumbh Mela - Stock image
Haridwar, India, Indian Subcontinent, Dreadlocks, Ganges River
Haridwar, India - March 10, 2010: Young male Sadhu being observed by other Sadhu 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.Thera are millions of Sadhus in India today.Nowadays, especially in popular pilgrimage cities, posing as a sadhu can be a means of acquiring income for non-devout beggars.