Sadhus (meaning ‘good men’) are devoutly religious Hindus living throughout India. They wear orange clothes representing the colour of the fire in which they have burned all their possessions to be symbolically reborn into a new life as a sadhu. Female sadhus, or sadhvi, form a small minority of the larger group.
"I realized you don’t need anything to lead a sadhu life." - Digambar Shivnarayan Giri
The devotee’s last act before becoming a sadhu is to cut off his or her hair, the last embodiment of one’s former life. A large subgroup is formed by the Naga Sadhus. They are more conservative and naked at all times but for a covering of white dust which they believe protects them. Naga Sadhus live primarily in caves high in the Himalayas.