Although the fascination with decorating the body could be interpreted as vain, as this sadhu with a mirror might suggest, the real purpose is far from gratifying the personal ego. Essentially, the body is considered a temple made more fit for inhabitation by the Divine when decorated.
Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal  (image by Thomas L. Kelly)
Although the fascination with decorating the body could be interpreted as vain, as this sadhu with a mirror might suggest, the real purpose is far from gratifying the personal ego. Essentially, the body is considered a temple made more fit for inhabitation by the Divine when decorated. Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal
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