mardi 28 novembre 2006
When we reached the hotel where two rooms had been reserved for the 8 Sadhvis. Tapo Ratna was getting nervous. Inside the big hall next to the rooms were some onions skins on the floor, something they must avoid.
They had some discssions before accepting to stay there. The place was cleaned up.
3 Km away from Brindavan, a jain Pharmacist, in purple here, came to greet the Sadhvis. She told them that usually Sadhvis were staying with them, and was a bit sad that they would go to the hotel where rooms had been reserved for them. Later on, the Pharmacist's husband came to the hotel with food cooked for them.
Then at about half way, they decided to have lunch. Two boys from Mysore were following us, on a rickshaw with the food. Since they wanted to be left alone to have lunch, we went for a tea, and came back when they were doing the dishes, using as little water as possible.
A portrait of Tapo Ratna and her sister, she has been a Jain Sadhvi for the past 9 years. She is 32 years old. She is part of the "Svetambara" order, a very strict one. I met them in Mysore and spend a day walking with them on january first from Mysore to Brindavan..
Another Jain Sadhu is praying after lunch.
They have a very strict schedule.
When I walked with her, two days after the first encounter when i shot this image, she asked me why I didn't wanted to become a sadhu myself..I answered that I would think about it first.. Who knows!!
Tapo Ratna has been a Jain Sadhu for the past 9 years. She is 32 years old. She is part of the "Svetambara" order, a very strict one. She is holding the "Rajurharan" in her hand, the symbol of that order. I met them in Mysore and spend a day walking with them on january first from Mysore to Brindavan..
On this image, you can see all her belongings next to her. The red bowl is called a "Patra". They can't use cars, buses, electricity, light..... etc.. They dress in white cloth.
They cut their hair, twice a year, pulling them by hand since they are not allowed to use scissors. From what she stold me, it's mainly to avoid being attractive...