Showing posts with label The Sadhus (Holymen). Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Sadhus (Holymen). Show all posts

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Sadhus (Holymen)

A group of Sadhus taking rest. 
The Sadhus (holymen or godmen)  are respected for their status of holiness in Nepal and India. A large number of Indian Sadhus visit Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, to pay homage  to Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath temple especially on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri day (the great night of Lord Shiva).

An elderly Sadhu displays his about 12 ft long jata (thick hair locks).

During the Mahashivaratri day the Sadhus are treated as guests and  provided with free of cost foods, marijuana, hemp, fuel wood for the Dhuni (ritual altar fire )  and shelter in and around Pashupatinath temple premises. The visiting Sadhus are taken care of by the Nepalese authorities concerned . After the Mahashivaratri day  they are sent off with  some money for covering the travel expenses to reach their destination in India.


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