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A Sadhu (holy man) sits in his camp on February 5, 2013 in Allahabad, India during the Kumbh Mela.

 

A Sadhu is an ascetic holy man who renounces worldly pleasures in pursuit of higher values of life in order to attain enlightenment. Through strict and hard practice Sadhu’s detach themselves from pleasures and pains of human life, which makes them indifferent from the world and transports them to the metaphysical world. Sadhus participate in the rituals of the Kumbh Mela, which is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. The event is believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth and is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. A bath here is said to wash away all of one's sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth.

Hindu Holy Men, Allahabad, India. February, 2013.

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