Esam Hassanyeh, Sadhu, Varanasi, India
Baba Laxman Giri portrait, Ganges river, Varanasi.
Baba Laxman performs Aghori Puja....covering of the body in ash. Sadhu believe that performing this ceremony will ensure that they are not reincarnated after death.
Here the ash is from ordinary wood but the Aghori often use ash from funeral burning ceremonies.
Aghori Sadhu grow their hair long for Shiva. Baba Laxman Giri is 40 and has been growing his hair since he became Sadhu at the age of 8 years old.