Sadhus rest in shade beside a well in Dwarka, Gujarat, India. They are gathering for their one free meal of the day at the brotherhood centre of their community.
The lives of sadhu in contemporary India vary tremendously. Sadhu live in ashrams and temples in the midst of major urban centres, in huts on the edges of villages, in caves in the remote mountains, many in the open in the shade of trees. Others live lives of perpetual pilgrimage, moving without ceasing from one town, one holy place, to another. Many sadhu are solitary, while others live in large, communal institutions. For sadhu the brotherhood or sisterhood of ascetics is very important.
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