Baba, Varanasi, India, Holy Men, Sadu, Neil Herbert

Portraits / India

The Holy Men Of Varanasi


Intimate portraits of India’s fascinating holy men

Varanasi is one of the oldest still inhabited cities in the world and the epicentre of Hinduism. Its also a spiritual home for India’s sadhu’s. These holy men are revered by Hindus as representatives of the gods and sometimes worshiped as gods themselves. They are ascetic wanderers respected for their holiness and feared for their curses.

I had an overwhelming curiosity towards these holy men who had wilfully renounced themselves of all earthly possession and dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation. Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.







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