A ‘Holi’ sadhu



This ‘maharaji’ (senior) sadhu allowed himself to be covered in coloured powder as part of the Holi celebrations in India last February. This colourful event is celebrated across India and the religious people are not excused from the fun as it is actually an important religious ceremony for them to observe. Hence, even the most senior of sadhus were subjected to the brightly coloured powders and waters.

I was incredibly fortunate enough to have been invited to observe the Holi celebrations at an akhara in Varanasi. It was wonderful watching the sadhus all going crazy covering each other with the coloured powder while dancing to powerful tribal drums. It is the kind of image that stays with you – as much as the multi-coloured powder that found its way into the nooks and crannies of my camera.


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