Sant Sadhus

Sant Sadhus

Faces covered in ash and paint, these are the Hindu holy men who live their lives away from everyday society. There are four to five million sadhus in India today and they are widely respected for their holiness, while also feared by some who believe they have the power to inflict curses.

From Naga, Bandu, Yogi, Siwadas to Bakti and more…trying to achieve religious illumination and liberation from the cycle of reincarnation.Sadhu men usually cover themselves with ash or chalk, and paint their faces in accordance with the god they have devoted themselves to. The ash represents their death to their worldly life.

Sadhus are people who have chosen to dedicate their lives to achieving religious illumination and liberation from the cycle of reincarnation.

Sadhus leave their home and family, and reject an earthly life, which includes all their worldly attachments.Sadhus don’t lead a normal life like others; they choose to live poorly and only find richness in spirit and humanity.People are impressed by the colorfulness and uniqueness of these sadhus.

They frequently smoke cannabis which, although illegal for everyone else, is said to help them communicate with #Shiva, on of the most popular Hindu gods.

 

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