Monday, October 23, 2006
Sadhus near Pashupastinath
India is a nation where holy men are a common sight.
Called a sadhu, fakir or yogi, they are men who give up worldly goods (typically they own little more than a beggar’s bowl and staff) and pleasures (little food, no sex, no drink). Their occupation is begging and praying. Some use self-mortification - such as sitting on a bed of nails - as an additional pathway to holiness.