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Indian holy man smoking chillum

The Hindu holy man called “sadhu” seen in this picture seems to be smoking a chillum. A chillum is a smoking device invented in India used to smoke cannabis, charas or hashish. Cannabis (often called the bhang or ganja) is illegal in India however the use of this drug is so ingrained in the culture of India that is difficult to ban it completely. You can read more about Bhang here

Indian holy man smoking chillum

Indian holy man smoking chillum

You’ll be surprised to see “bhang goli” or bhang balls (cannabis balls) being sold on the streets. There are government approved shops in the holy city of Banaras (also known as Varanasi) and other holy cities where people are able to drink “Bhang Lassi” (cannabis milkshake). Bhang is particularly consumed during the festival of Holi as a yoghurt and milk based drink called “Thandai”. As far as the smoking marijuana is concerned, I have tried a few puffs of my great-granddad’s (lived 102 years) hookah (water pipe for smoking) - Didn’t like it and realised that it was not for me. I have however eaten the “bhang goli” a few times – made me laugh a lot for no apparent reason.

Coming back to the holy man in the picture, he’s wearing rudraksha beads on his wrists and gold ring with a coral stone (called moonga in Hindi) in his index finger. The rudraksha beads or rosaries are used extensively in Hindu prayers and can be worn for good luck. I have worn them as well. I can’t say it has done miracles but I have heard good things from those who wear them. The coral stone is a popular stone used in Indian astrology, it is supposed to provide strength and willingness to meet challenges during critical situations.

SMOKING BABAS – Sadhus smoking Marijuana at the Kumbh Mela

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22 Responses to “Indian holy man smoking chillum”

  1. Seen so many of these Shalu!

    We do have some of these babas our end too, though they are mostly around the temple areas, and with their chillums or hookahs. What amazes me most is to see them puff away with such speed, and to think that if we had to take one puff- we would be coughing our lungs out!

    I’ve never tried the chillum, hookah, nor the much talked of bhang (nor the goli, nor the Bhang lassi)- but yes, I could relate to you laughing for no reason as I’ve seen the after effects it has on people who have it :) I’ve told my hubby that this time we should try it during Holi, and just be lost – sometimes you need to do that – isn’t it?

    That was a nice video, something similar to what I saw online too about the smoking babas at the Kumbh.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. :) Happy weekend :)
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  2. These people who seem to be holy claim that they have accepted renunciation in their life and are seeking salvation to reach God. But still they are addicted to such addictive things and can’t leave it . Then how they are holy and why are they called and they claim that they are Sadhus I don’t know.

  3. Sapna says:

    HI Shalu jee

    I’ve never tried any of the above but Goli if it can make you laugh then may be I can try this one on Holi.
    Shall I?

    Sapna
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  4. Oh, look like this holy people becomes a bad example to everyone who look up to them.
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  5. Siya says:

    I have seen many holy man while smoking chillum, I try to know why holy man smok chillum but I still didn’t get my satisfaction answer.

  6. harish says:

    bhang is very important part of holi !!!!!!Cannabis has Spiritual connection in India.cannabis used in thandai on holi and mahashivratri,,,
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  7. Anil Bhogia says:

    Coming back to the holy man in the picture, he’s wearing rudraksha beads on his wrists and gold ring with a coral stone (called moonga in Hindi) in his index finger. The rudraksha beads or rosaries are used extensively in Hindu prayers and can be worn for good luck. I have worn them as well. I can’t say it has done miracles but I have heard good things from those who wear them. The coral stone is a popular stone used in Indian astrology, it is supposed to provide strength and willingness to meet challenges during critical situations.
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  8. Disha Sharma says:

    yes, I also seen some holy man, they just smoke something (That I wasn’t know before) they just smoking chillum & holy people most of found on haridwar
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  9. sai says:

    yes, Holy Man will smoke chillum because as they dont eat regularly even some purans telling during those time some gods used to smoke those so by this way now holy mans are smoking if anything posted wrong means excuse me

  10. Ahsan from Android Apps says:

    Hi Shalu,

    Seeing the picture makes me laugh. We see these types of holy baba in Mazar. I always think how they call themselves holy person by eating chillum.

    Anyway thanks for unique post
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  11. It common thing many holy man smokes cigarettes in all over the world
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  12. nabil from assurance km says:

    Indian holy man smoking chillum!! this makes me surprised.This is really ashame really!!!
    holy man smoking!!! what’s that! he is no longer a holy man if he did that!!

  13. Amway Reviews says:

    I’m sorry to tell this but I am not really agree with what this man doing. Smoking was never a good idea to be holy because it is not good for our health. This is not also good for children and for teenagers.
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  14. Native indian sacred man cigarette smoking chillum!! this makes me amazed.This is really ashame really!!!holy man smoking!!! what exactly is that! he is no more a sacred man if he did that!!

  15. hookah says:

    I’ve always wanted to try out chillum, the pic is great. lol But mainly just stick to hookah for me.

  16. Tommy says:

    I didn’t know cannabis was illegal in India – How can it be illegal when it’s in the culture though?

    Wait, I’m in the US – nevermind :)
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  17. MHR says:

    Very interesting story I didn’t know that ganja was an issue and that widely used in India. As the old saying goes, you learn something new everyday!

  18. sofiane says:

    He is known to go against the rules of society; hence, his path is opposite to God Vishnu. But, both are family.
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