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Penance

A layman performs urdhva-bahu tapasya on the streets of Varanasi. The ancient yogic austerity -typically practiced by ascetics- is performed for the purpose of keeping the world in order, or here as a means to seek redemption for one's transgressions.

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Date Taken: 01.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Varanasi, India
Copyright: © Richard Singh