A sadhu in Varanasi (India).
In Hinduism, a sadhu ("good man, holy man") is a religious ascetic or holy person. Although the vast majority of sadhus are yogis, not all yogis are sadhus. The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of brahman. Sadhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sanyāsa (renunciation). This way of life is open to women; the female form of the word is sadhvi. In 2014 an all-female akhada (group of sadhus) was formed; it is believed to be the first such group in India.
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