THE INDIAN SADHUS
A series of portraits shot at the biggest Hindu religious fair - Simhastha Kumbh Mela.
Kumbha mela is not just about these sadhus covered with ashes taking dips into the river but it's an extravaganza where everything is decorated with a religious tint.
‘Kumbh’ comes from ‘water pot’, and not just any water pot but the one containing amrita or the nectar of immortality. As the legend goes, gods and demons battled over this pot, and as the gods grabbed it away towards the heavens, four drops fell upon earth. These four spots became the sites of the Kumbh mela— Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. We visited the last gathering at Ujjain.
Out of all the things we were surrounded with, we got fascinated by naga sadus. They are the ultimate advertisement for living a life that is in sync with all of nature. The western world is obsessed with their nakedness and forget to see them for their amazing grace and powerful existence. Therefore we decided to focus on capturing the emotions and expressions that they portray through their eyes.
At a time when majority of the society is stuck in a consumerist mode and has no control over the impact they create on themselves and the environment, the Naga Sadhus physically portray the possibility of living blissfully with the least number of physical accessories.