These are some of the sadhus I met while sightseeing in the ancient city of Bakhtapur, just outside Kathmandu. Initially, I got scared when I first saw them -thick, matted dreadlocks and ochre body paints – but I was later told they were totally harmless. The sadhus are generally revered for their holiness, having chosen to leave behind the material world to focus on their spiritual perfection, however, there are some sadhus who are feared for their curses. Do you know what Khumbh Mela is? This is a mass gathering of all sadhus in (one of the four points along) the sacred rivers of India and it happens only once every three years.
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