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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Divine blessing

The world of a Naga Sadhu or an ash smeared Naked Saint is shrouded in mystery and secret rituals. One such ritual is to perform his own funeral rites, a symbolic act implying he has now left the world he was born into, and crossed over to another one, a point of no return. Here a 'Dead' Naga sadhu blesses a lady by applying holy ash on her forehead. To me her gentle smile and folded palms across her heart in reverence personifies faith and celebration of the divine.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Trimbakeshwar, India
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Copyright: © Sudeep Lal