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Sadhu Project by Photographer Denis Rouvre

“They’ve been obsessing me for years. I searched and found them in Benares, on the banks of the river Gange (India). They arrive here to get rid of everything and to wait for death. This existence can last for years, sometimes decades, almost a life. Opposite to mine, well organised and filled as a human life can be, to try in vain to push the limits of its end”. – Denis Rouvre. (Photo by Denis Rouvre)
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15 Dec 2013 11:12:00
A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, performs yoga on International Yoga Day at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India on June 21, 2018. (Photo by Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters)

A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, performs yoga on International Yoga Day at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India on June 21, 2018. (Photo by Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters)
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23 Jun 2018 00:01:00
A Hindu sadhu (holy man) smears coloured paste onto his face ahead of the forthcoming Hindu festival of “Maha Shivaratri” at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu on February 11, 2018. Hindus mark the “Maha Shivratri” festival by offering special prayers and fasting, with sadhus arriving at Pashupatinath to take part in the event, which takes place on February 13. (Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP Photo)

A Hindu sadhu (holy man) smears coloured paste onto his face ahead of the forthcoming Hindu festival of “Maha Shivaratri” at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu on February 11, 2018. Hindus mark the “Maha Shivratri” festival by offering special prayers and fasting, with sadhus arriving at Pashupatinath to take part in the event, which takes place on February 13. (Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP Photo)
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19 May 2018 00:05:00
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smokes marijuana in a chillum at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple, ahead of the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal February 15, 2017. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smokes marijuana in a chillum at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple, ahead of the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal February 15, 2017. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
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17 Feb 2017 00:00:00
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple, ahead of the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal February 21, 2017. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple, ahead of the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal February 21, 2017. Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting, with sadhus arriving at Pashupatinath to take part in the event, which takes place on February 24. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
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23 Feb 2017 00:01:00
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man performs to receive money from pilgrims at a makeshift shelter, before heading for an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of “Makar Sankranti”, in Kolkata, India, January 10, 2018. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man performs to receive money from pilgrims at a makeshift shelter, before heading for an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of “Makar Sankranti”, in Kolkata, India, January 10, 2018. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)
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22 Jan 2018 06:46:00
Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men, smeared with ash, drink tea inside their makeshift camps near the confluence of river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of Makar Sankranti festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata January 13, 2015. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men, smeared with ash, drink tea inside their makeshift camps near the confluence of river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of Makar Sankranti festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata January 13, 2015. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making their annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of “Makar Sankranti” on Wednesday. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)
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14 Jan 2015 12:22:00
A Hindu Sadhu smokes marijuana from a chillum inside the Pashupatinath Temple premise in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 6, 2016. Holy men from India and Nepal come to celebrate the festival of Maha Shivaratri by smoking, smearing their bodies with ash, offering prayers devoted to the Hindu Deity, Lord Shiva. (Photo by Skanda Gautam via ZUMA Wire)

A Hindu Sadhu smokes marijuana from a chillum inside the Pashupatinath Temple premise in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 6, 2016. Holy men from India and Nepal come to celebrate the festival of Maha Shivaratri by smoking, smearing their bodies with ash, offering prayers devoted to the Hindu Deity, Lord Shiva. (Photo by Skanda Gautam via ZUMA Wire)
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07 Mar 2016 11:08:00