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I was lucky to be at the famous Shivaratri at the Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. I wrote a post on it too, click here to read it.
As is the case with every Hindu festival, one gets hordes of ‘holy men’ to attend these. It was no different this time too. Including the one above, smoking marijuana. Here is an extract from the above mentioned post:
Adding colour to all this, as is common at all major Hindu congregations, was the presence of ‘holy men and women.’ They come from all over to offer their own brand of homage to the Gods. While some truly come for the faith they believe in, many seem to be just ‘frauds.’ Their job seems to be entertain the crowd with their antics, often dressing in revealing outfits, indulging in vulgar acts, spewing abusive language, drinking, getting high on drugs and collecting money from passers-by. Including from photographers like me. They even sell marijuana sticks for Rs. 10 each as a ‘prasad’ or offering to Lord Shiva.
About the Image
Image Code: AJ1023
Title: A Sadhu smoking Marijuana on Shivaratri at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal
Photographer: Ajay Jain
Year Taken: 2010
Material: Archival Paper
Standard Size: 10″ x 14″
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