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Sadhu with glasses. A sadhu with glasses, saffron color clothes, long white hair and beard is preparing for himself a mixture of charas and tobacco in the riverfront steps of the sacred river Ganga in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, India).

Sadhus usually smoke that potent hashish concentrate, made from the resin of the cannabis plant, mixed with tobacco and using a conical pipe chillum, as a part of their worship.

Shiva is the god most commonly linked to cannabis, and this is th reason because charas-smokers consider that the spirit of Shiva enter their bodies when they inhale it.

Shadus are the only ones in India who are exempt from legal prosecution for possesion of this drug.

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Construction worker carrying bricks. Construction worker carrying a heavy load of twenty bricks on his head in the streets of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, India).

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Ash-smeared sadhu. A sadhu with ash-smeared body is also applying ash to his face near the main cremation ghat at the mystical holiest city of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, India).

Sadhus normally pick up ashes from the cremation ground, where a human body has been burned in a funeral wooden pyre. After that, they spread the ashes all over their faces and bodies to feel purified and protected.

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Devotee taking a spiritual bath. A devotee shows a spiritual trance expression during his bath time in the sacred river Ganga (Varanasi aka Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India).

Everyday, thousand of local Hindu devotees and pilgrims gather on the ghats, the stone steps that lead down to the Ganges River, to take ritual baths to clean their sins. They believe that bathing in the Mother Ganga purifies them, absolves them of their sins, and liberates them from the cycle of life and death.

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Ganga Aarti Ceremony. The Ganga Aarti is a a very powerful spiritual ritual which takes place on the Dashashwamedh Ghat, near the Ganges River, and is held daily at dusk (Varanasi, also know as Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India).

Facing the river, a group of young pandits take their positions at a given wooden platforms which are full of ceremonial things like oil lamps, a conch shells, incense sticks, a yak-tail fans, peacock feathers, sandalwood, milk, and flower petals.

The mystic Ganga Aarti starts with the blowing of a conch shell. Smoke rises from the waving of incense sticks and the scent of sandalwood permeates the air. Fire is offered to Lord Shiva and the Ganges River through the movement of flaming lamps. Fire is used as a link between the spirit world and this world. The rhythmic chants and songs of mantras in praise of Mother Ganga can be heard while the drums and cymbals are playing.

When ceremony is going to finish, the pandits offer flowers, milk, and floating lamps to the Ganges. Eventually, attendants and pilgrims leave small diyas with a lit candle and flowers that’s floated down the river.

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A shadu with dreadlocks and long white beard smiles in the streets of Varanasi, also know as Benares (Uttar Pradesh, India). A sadhu is a mendicant holy person who has renounced the worldly life, practices asceticism and follows a path of spiritual discipline.

They typically live a simple lifestyle, have very few or no possessions, survive by food and drinks from leftovers that they beg for or is donated by others. Sadhus often wear simple clothing, such a saffron-coloured clothing, have their body covered with ashes from the cremation ground, have populated beards and long hair dreadlocks called “jata” in Sanskrit.

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A blue eyes hindu pilgrim poses for my camera in the streets of the holiest city for the Hinduism and Jainism (Varanasi, also know as Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India).
 
Pilgrimage is the practice of traveling to sacred places, a spiritual journey, an important part of Hinduism doctrine. The Sanskrit word for pilgrimage, tirthayatra, is a compound word meaning a journey (yatra) to a crossing holy place (tirtha).
 

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