India: Devotion. A one-day series.

WHAT AM I DOING TODAY, AN EXPLANATION; I’m using the next few Sundays to showcase the last of my favorite photos from our recent trip to London and India. Just like last Sunday’s eight-photo series “Colors”, this will be an eight-photo series called “India: Devotion.”

The series begins at midnight tonight (or “now”), and runs through 11.59 pm. Each photo will run for three hours. For previous photos in this series, please check the archive.

SO WHAT IS TODAY’S SERIES ABOUT?: All throughout India you encounter people who have devoted their lives to their religion; Pilgrims…Priests… Teachers… Sahdu — or just devout believers.

Religion is such a part of daily life, or so it appears to the casual passerby, that it seems inseparable from it. It’s especially obvious in places of special religious meaning, such as Varanasi, or in the location of this photo — The Temple of Mysore on Chamundi Hill.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This man is probably a Sadhu– a wandering Hindu holy man who has devoted himself to the goal of liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. Sadhu usually rid themselves of their worldly goods and attachments, keeping only a begging bowl. Then they wander the country, relying on the kindness of the religious to help feed and support them.

NOTE: Permission for photos of this more personal kind was always requested before it was taken. No one turned us down, and we usually gifted the subject with a small amount of money, as is usual. In return, this and the several other wandering holy men that we encountered offered us blessings, and flowers or garlands.

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