Nagas Sadhus (Baba)

In Hinduism, sadhu ( “good man, holy man”) denotes an ascetic, wandering monk. Although the vast majority of sadhus are yogis, not all yogis are sadhus. The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving moksa (liberation), the fourth and final asrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of brahman. Sadhus often wear ochre-colored clothing, symbolizing their sanyasa (renunciation). This way of life is open to women; the female form of the word is sadhvi. Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciation, who have left behind all material and sexual attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over World.

Kumbh Mela or the Kumbh festival invites millions of tourist, pilgrims and foreign national to be the part of this glory of history that hindu religion has to offer human kind. However, not only kumbh festival the major crowd puller to this religious event are Sadhus and Naga baba. These naga baba attracts the attention of all due to their rare appearance and their extra ordinary rituals.
Travelers from round the globe drop in to be a part of Kumbh Mela or Kumbh festival inorder to have a glance of these Naga sadhus meditate and perform the weird religious and spiritual activities. Naga Sadhus belongs to different Akharas (which means camps) and each akharash have their own set of Naga Babas who are living this world in most unconventional way and follow their own set of religion and spiritual activities without caring about this world.
The identification feature of Naga Sadhus include being naked with long hairs knotted with different metals and body smeared with ashes. Not only this, one can see Naga Sadhus could be seen wearing beads of Rudraksha, believe to posses positive healing power according to Hindu mythology. Not just a few but you can witness Naga sadhus wearing thousand of Rudraksha beads and is believed that wearing Eleven thousand Rudrakhsa beads will help them attain the form of Lord Shankara or Lord Shiva.

17 Response to Nagas Sadhus (Baba)

17 December 2012 at 22:35

A marvelous, fascinating and very moving post! I really enjoyed reading and seeing your photos! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!


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3 January 2013 at 13:06

great article...Thank you very much...i appreciate your hard work...

6 January 2013 at 08:02

shame............. shame........shame for a mankind, what this relegion is ?

11 January 2013 at 17:59

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15 January 2013 at 03:57

Great write-up and nostalgic pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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19 January 2013 at 07:56

Really our body will destroy one day. Any how we live with maya means nothing. They are really great far above the thinking we preserve in bonding.
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22 January 2013 at 22:16

You fool, why don't you join them. Shame on you being a doctor.

3 February 2013 at 03:30

Inretesting. Thx for the sharing different cultures

25 February 2013 at 14:55

Mr Anonymous ...shutup! you asshole ..why are you abusing the doctor ?
you dont know anything about the path which sanatadharma shows.

25 April 2013 at 09:23


1 September 2013 at 09:20

What wonderful post. As a kid these scared me a little but not anymore. We come on this planet and we will end in ashes one day, taking with nothing.. The nothingness is the life of these sadhus. End to life and death and rebirth and cycle goes on..on..on to attain Moksha will end this cycle. I sitting at home can only wish I can too feel just a little like a sadhu after looking at these pictures. Cause I'm envious that these sadhus will definitely attain Moksha. Om Namah Shivaya

16 December 2013 at 20:48

great spiritual power.......OHM NAMO SIVA

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26 March 2014 at 03:14

even while we born and die.the time in between is to fill there own consious or unconsious mind to set to be choose any thing what your brain leads.

30 November 2015 at 05:46

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21 September 2017 at 23:33

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28 January 2019 at 04:59

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