The shadus are Hindus ve have chosen asceticism as a lifestyle. Moving away from needs, vices and pleasures humans are able to reach a higher state of consciousness and become worthy of nirvana. They are considered holy men and live on what people feed them. They usually wear long orange robes, although differences do exist with some choosing to be naked or have their bodies and faces covered with ash or paint. Though not only found in Varanasi, many come here for the identity of the city to the god Shiva.