For thousands of years, the Sadhus—the ascetic holy men of the Hindu religion—have
played their role in society, and yet remained aloof from it. Sadhus form
a culture of their own. But the world of the Hindu ascetic is a closed
one, impenetrable to the outsider. For the first time, this world is presented
in a book.
Rajesh Bedi has had to photograph for several years to assemble this powerful
and impressive pictorial collection. The book brings to life the secret
world of the Sadhu—their initiation rites, the markings of the different
sects, the complex symbology of colours, their methods of ascetic penance.
Bedi also captures moments from the Kumbh Mela, one of the most gigantic
religious festivals known to mankind.
The text offers an insiders’s interpretation of the impulse and life of
the Sadhu. Written with depth and insight, it is a lucid yet profound
account of the tradition and the continuing importance of the Sadhus.