A sadu, or holy man sits on temple steps in Pashupatinah, Nepal. The sadu are devout followers of Shiva, the Hindu god viewed as both destroyer and creator. Some sadu are constantly covered in sackcloth and ashes.
This man had a wonderful smile and gentle nature and seemed genuine. Locals say some sadu are society drop-outs, rather than religious men. The imitators pose for tourist photos, in exchange for money.
These two holy men have dreadlocks down to their feet and beyond. Click photos to view detail.
The 17th-century Pashupatinah Temple - the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu - has UNESCO World Heritage protection. The sacred site sits on the banks of the Bagmati River.
Sackcloth and ashes.
This man's long dreadlocks are wound into a giant bun on the side of his head.
This man covered in ash appeared to be a loner, isolated from the other sadu.
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Images by Tara Bradford.