Sadhus: reminder of the impermanence of life
Photo and caption by Manoj Kumar Bhandari
A Shaiva Sadhu, with his body covered with ashes,symbolic of death and regeneration. A follower of lord Shiva, the god of destruction as well as creation which in a perpetual cyclical movement follow one another. Sadhus in India are an enigma to many,living the mystery of ancient questions that have no answers. Tricksters,derelicts,mad men,charlatans,wanderers,mystics and yogis,their boldly painted bodies confront us with essential questions at the heart of existence.For them, what really is important is the more ancient pre-settled desire to wander in search of God.