it only took me 22 months to put these photos on my website.
i forgot about these … lake pangong is on the border with china, about 14,000 feet above sea level. the water and sky really are this blue.
a man sells jugs to store water from the ganges; wandering musicians annoy an audience of one; one boy sells sweets; another boy sells vermillion and other powders for pooja, and doesn’t look too happy about it. next: close quarters
apart from processions and interesting acrobatics, the sadhus just hung out in their camps and went about their business. at times, pilgrims would come to the sadhus’ tents for blessings. the sadhu on the left is placing ash on the forehead of a follower. the photo on the right shows one sadhu who was born with a spinal deformation; this may have made him more holy in some manner. otherwise, life out of the spotlight was pretty mundane. the sadhus ate, smoked, drank tea and talked. there was a second class of sadhu, however, that didn’t stay in large established…
so, to take a breather from the last post, let’s just look at some sadhu portraits. the first guy was typical of the many mendicant sadhus at the kumbh mela in that he was willing to pose, but only for money; the next one was simply grooming after his bath, and ignored me. clearly, he’d been busy, but he wasn’t there to beg, either. the next two are baba nagas (including one who is out of “costume”). next: tent life