Indian holy man in deep trance

Part one of a three part series on the Cremation grounds of Varanassi written together with Jordan De Lupis. For part two about the cremation grounds of Varanassi, click here. For part three about a religous group of cannibals, click this link.

Nestled on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi, India, stands as a timeless testament to spirituality, mysticism, and cultural heritage. Known as the "City of Light" or "Banaras," this ancient city has been an abode of spiritual seekers and pilgrims for thousands of years. Its captivating charm, deeply rooted traditions, and a kaleidoscope of vibrant rituals have earned it a reputation as one of the holiest places in the world. At the heart of this spiritual metropolis lie its revered holy men, who embody the essence of Varanasi's mystique.

Indian holy men

Venturing into Varanasi is akin to stepping into a mystical realm where the boundaries between the earthly and the divine blur into an ethereal tapestry. The city pulsates with energy, and the fervor of the devoted fills the air. From dawn to dusk, the Ganges becomes a stage for an extraordinary spectacle of rituals and ceremonies performed by holy men, each donned in distinctive saffron robes that symbolize their renunciation of worldly attachments.

(mockup, will be edited in the week of july 24)