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In Hinduism, sadhu, or shadhu is a common term for a mystic, an ascetic, practitioner of yoga (yogi). The Sanskrit terms sādhu (“good man”) and sādhvī (“good woman”) refer to renouncers who have chosen to live a life apart from or on the edges of society in order to focus on their own spiritual practice. The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving the fourth and final Hindu goal of life, moksha (liberation), through meditation and contemplation of Brahman. Sadhus often wear ochre-colored clothing, symbolizing renunciation.
Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Asia

Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm, 1/200 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Patty (Boyte) Van Hoff
    Patty (Boyte) ...almost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, his face almost has a Western look to it.

  • Thanks a lot Patty!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 5 years ago

    Superb portrait, was it a candid or did you pay him?
    You have some beautiful work in your portfolio.

  • Thank you very much David for your comment! Your work is marvelous! Yes I did pay him.

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • JoannasPhoto
    JoannasPhotoalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot! I like the detail.

    He looks very much like gentleman photographed by David DuChemin and published in his book: Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision. Although the composition is different.
    The book mentioned above- I find it very well written and very inspirational.

  • Thank you Joanna!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Halmost 5 years ago

    I agree wit Joanna! that is the guy! may be bit thin!!! fabtastic shot!

  • Thanks a lot Dinni!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigover 4 years ago

    Very interesting and very intriguing!

  • Thank you Steffi!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760over 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at The Human Condition!

  • Many thanks Colin, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3over 4 years ago

    Too bad we westerners are too "civilized " for this.
    I love it.

  • Thanks a lot Maryann! Sorry for the late response…

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting Kathleen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaover 3 years ago

    Outstanding and love the information as well !!!

  • Thank you very much Deborah!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaover 3 years ago


    May 11, 2011

  • Many thanks for the feature Deborah, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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