3/17/2010 | India , Uttarakhand

Kumbh Mela Part IX: Death of a Sadhu

As I walked along side one of the channels of the Ganges that ran through the camps on the Eastern edge of Haridwar I noticed a small group of Sadhus gathered by the river.  Some were chanting others just stood watching.  I would find out after the small crowd dispersed that what I was witnessing was a funeral for a Sadhu.  Unlike most Hindus, Sadhus are not cremated but rather as in this case placed in a large sack weighted down with rocks and tossed in the river.  It did wonder how many Sadhus had been interred up stream before I had taken my first ever Ganges bath two days before, something best not to dwell on.

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