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Sadhus in Hinduism are wandering holy men revered for being good that traverse not just in Nepal and India but further afield. Many sadhus are also Yogis who are practitioners of meditation who have given up family, home, material possessions and sometimes clothing to seek enlightenment. Many live in basic dwellings such as in caves, forests or Hindu temples live on the support of the people they encounter.Though the purists say otherwise in my experience they do accept donations for food or clothing, such a life of hardship means not many follow the path of a true sadhu.

There are many fake sadhus nowadays who come out only on such occasions as religious festivals to cash in on the generosity of others or simply to make money by other means. Sadhus in Nepal are also well-known for smoking hashish to help gain a high level of meditation. Sadhus usually wear ochre colored clothing, symbolizing renunciation and their faces are layered with traditional paint. Some dress as Shiva, one of the Hindu gods, complete with trident walking stick.

As for this picture, I am not sure whether he is a genuine or fake sadhu. But I can promise that he is in Nepal when I made this closed up shot at Durbar Square in Patan. Your guess is as good as mine.

In a meantime please enjoy a different kind of Patan streetscape...

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