This is the most recent 2014 reprinting of a book first published in 1993 and reviewed elsewhere here on amazon it is quite a beautifully done and fascinating study of the ancient traditions of shaivite and vaishnavite sadhus holy men of india. They give donations to the sadhus regarded as offerings to the gods and get their blessing in return thus since time immemorial has indian society been organised to support the holy men for they are not supposed to work boudhanath and pashupatinath kathmandu nepal but in india too the times they are achanging. Sadhus holy men of india wednesday august 19 2015 in hinduism sadhu or shadhu is a common term for a mystic an ascetic practitioner of yoga yogi and or wandering monks. Sadhus of india they are sadhus indias wandering holy men they have renounced their worldly life said goodbye to both their possessions and their families and now lead a life of celibacy ascetic yoga and a search for enlightenment
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