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Morning Ritual – Varanasi, India

A Sadhu's Morning Ritual - Varanasi, India

A Sadhu’s Morning Ritual – Varanasi, India

As the sun rises over the Ganges, a sadhu in his loincloth bathes in the river.

A Sadhu's Morning Ritual - Varanasi, India

A Sadhu’s Morning Ritual – Varanasi, India

Once clean, he removes his loincloth, and applies vibhuti, sacred ash, to his entire body. The ash dries to a grey white powder.  For the rest of the day, he wears nothing but a few rings and the simple bracelets on his wrists.

A Sadhu's Morning Ritual - Varanasi, India

A Sadhu’s Morning Ritual – Varanasi, India

A Sadhu's Morning Ritual - Varanasi, India

A Sadhu’s Morning Ritual – Varanasi, India

A Sadhu's Morning Ritual - Varanasi, India

A Sadhu’s Morning Ritual – Varanasi, India

A Sadhu's Morning Ritual - Varanasi, India

A Sadhu’s Morning Ritual – Varanasi, India

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