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Syed Masoom Ali Baba Asqan Of The Sufi Order of Madarriya,

I met Dam Madar order head Syed Masoom Ali Baba in 2005 ,, and got fascinated by their austerity , their dread heads and the simplicity of their spiritual life .
I began shooting them both Masoomi Baba and Syed Rafik Ali Baba at the Char Yar Mosque and cemetery ..Every year I attended the Urus of Khwajah Garib Nawaz Ajmer Sharif I stayed with my host mentor Peersab Fakhru Miya Hujra no 6 ,,
I would shoot the Rifais the quintessential hijras at Ajmer .. but I would find myself at the feet of Masoomi Baba ,,, I loved shooting them and the people malangs around them.
Their frugal lifestyle their abundant love for Imam Ali they talked about the sacrifice of Imam Hussain they talked about Karbala ,
They were spiritually connected to Khwajah Garib Nawaz he was the bond of a force ,,, through their own Holy Saint Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur .
Than in 2011 I took the Pyala with a Belgian friend we both became Murids and Malangs of Masoom Ali Baba,, we both visited Makanpur in 2013.
Syed Masoom…
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The Gaud Sarswat Brahmins of Mumbai

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Goud (also spelt as Gowd or Gaud) Saraswat Brahmins (Devanagari:गौड सारस्वत ब्राह्मण, Kannada:ಗೌಡ ಸಾರಸ್ವತ, Malayalam:ഗൌഡ സാരസ്വത) are a Hindu Brahmin community in India and a part of the larger Saraswat Brahmin community. They are popularly referred to as GSBs. They are Konkani people and primarily speak Konkani as their mother tongue.They claim their origin to the Brahmins who lived on the banks of the now extinct river Saraswati of upper Punjab or Kashmir. They derived their name from either the river Saraswati or from their spiritual leader Great Sage Saraswat Muni who lived on the banks…

Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti Khwajah Garib Nawaz Ajmer

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Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti was born in 1141 and died in 1236 CE. Also known as Gharīb Nawāz "Benefactor of the Poor", he is the most famous saint of the Chishti Order of Sufism of the Indian subcontinent. Chishti introduced and established the order in the subcontinent. The initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chishti order in India, comprising Chishti, Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, Fariduddin Ganjshakar and Nizamuddin Auliya—each successive person being the disciple of the previous—includes the great Sufi saints of Indian history.[3]

Early life and background[edit]
Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti is said to have been born in 536 AH/1141 CE in Chisht in Herat, Afghanistan.[4] His parents died when he was fifteen years old.[citation needed] He inherited a windmill and an orchard from his father. During his childhood, Chishti was different from other children and kept himself busy in prayers and meditation. He later disposed of his property and ot…

The Siddis of Junagadh Gujrat - The Forgotten Race

Siddis are ethnic Indo African race , the ones you see in my picture are Sufi adherents from Junagadh Gujrat , they come to Mahim , to perform as drummers and acrobatic dancers , it is a pitiable sight , seeing them leaping in the air collecting money thrown on the ground with their fish like mouths..I shot them extensively those days but than my trips to the Urus diminished as the Urus and Moharam fell at the same time .. this year I did not go to the Urus , much as I tried I was out of the city for both the Urus at Mahim.

The Siddis are followers of Baba Gor.. and there are Siddis settled in Mumbai too ..there is a Siddi Chowk at Haji Malang too...these are pictures I shot in 2009 that I am posting as a tribute to their resilience and survival as Indian residents in modern changing India..

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The Dam Madar Malangs At Makanpur ,,At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar

One of the most fascinating Sufi circuit is Makanpur the Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar .. this year on 30 March will be his 597 Urus ,, and it is a tough trek.. close to Kanpur ,, If you know the Malangs it is much easier as this entire stretch is part of vast farmlands , the closest town is Kannauj, ..And this place is the most popular Sufi site in Uttar Pradesh..

As I belong to the Dam Madar Order and a Murid of Peersab Masoomi Ali Baba Madari Aqsan I was lucky I was documenting this Urus with my friend Marc Malang,..

This is one of my most fascinating Flickr set and spiritual journey..meeting some of the great Malangs Qalandaris and Rafaees in a cramped up room with over a dozen people and for natures call heading with a bottle of water in the fields ,,, and what an experience ..

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Sultan-ul-Mashaikh, Mehboob-e-Ilahi, Hazrat Shaikh Khwaja Syed Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 – 3 April 1325) (Urdu: حضرت شیخ خواجہ سیّد محمد نظام الدّین اولیاء‎), also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the Indian Subcontinent, an order that believed in drawing close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. He is one of the great saints of the Chishti order in India.[1] His predecessors were Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Bakhtiyar Kaki and Moinuddin Chishti. In that sequence, they constitute the initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chisti order, widely prevalent in the Indian subcontinent.

Nizamuddin Auliya, like his predecessors, stressed love as a means of realising God. For him his love of God implied a love of humanity. His vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of secularity and kindness.[2] It is claimed by the 14th century historiographer Ziauddin Barani t…