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Goud Saraswat Brahmins

Goud Saraswat Brahmins, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

Goud (also written as Gowd or Gowda or Gaud) Saraswat Brahmins(Konkani:गौड़ सारस्वत,Kannada:ಗೌಡ ಸಾರಸ್ವತ್,Malayalam:ഗൌഡ് സാരസ്വത്) are primarily a Konkani speaking Hindu Brahmin community in India and a part of the larger Saraswat Brahmin community. They are popularly referred to as GSBs.

The meaning of the word 'Saraswat' has more than one origin. One refers to 'offspring of Saraswati'[citation needed] , the Goddess of learning applied usually to learned and scholarly people. It may also denote the residents of Saraswati river basin. The brahmins of this region who are referred to as 'Saraswats' in Mahabharata and Puranas were learned in Vedic lore[citation needed] . They concentrated on studying subjects like astronomy, metaphysics, medicine and allied subjects and disseminating knowledge[citation needed] .

Due to geo-morphosis in the Himalayas…

GSB Ganesha King Circle 2009

GSB Ganesha King Circle 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Thanks to Dr BU Pai I start a new series at a series ,very close to my heart the GSB Ganpati King Circle 2009..I have been continuously shooting it since a few years now.

GSB means Gaud Sarawswat of the finest peace loving community settled in Mumbai from the South, their humility , their love for Lord Ganesha touches every one including this barefeet Muslim blogger from Mumbai..

The GSB community , everyone men women and children leave no stone unturned to make this event a great spiritual success...everybody is doing some community service, as volunteers , feeding the crowds , keeping vigilance in such trying times ,the men dressed in lungis bared bodied move about serving the devotees of Lord Ganesha.. The King of King of King Circle..

I copy lines from their old brochure ...

"Dear Fellow devotee,
It is with great pleasure we inform you about the 55 th Shree Gaaneshotsav Celeb…

In.Com You Have No Right to Download My Pictures

I am shocked to see this site displaying my pictures without my permission..and blatantly asking their members to download my pictures ..they have breached Flickr spaceball too..

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Paying Homage to Lalbagh Cha Raja

At The Golden Feet of Lalbagh Cha Raja

In The Royal Court of Lalbagh Cha Raja

Wired and Shooting the Soul of Spirituality

Shooting From the Press Enclosure

Shooting From the Press Enclosure, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 90,240 items / 546,887 views

I was trying to get myself on the main stage ,but the swarm of crowd pushed me here , I climbed a narrow stairway to reach the Press Enclosure that was dominated by the Media Moghuls..there was no space at all , I got a few earlier shots but after that it was not possible..

But this view I have never captured ever since I began shooting the Lal Bagh Cha Raja ..the ambiance the euphoria of faith is awesome.. this is truly an unforgettable moment of pilgrimage ..

Today is my third fast of Ramzan, this is my last lot of the series , about 144 pictures ..

I had to shoot the Lalbagh Cha Raja..through the heart and soul of a Muslim blogger ...It was not easy, the first day of the Raja was the first day of my fast for Ramzan..

I had a spiritual stamina ,I was endowed and empowered by a superior strength, I was barefeet in this feet stamping unstoppable exercise...

I shot with two le…

Raju Langewal and Me

Raju Langewal and Me, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 90,190 items / 546,751 views

I know Raju Bhai since three years without his cooperation I would have not been able to shoot these pictures or those that I shot last year too..He is the erstwhile treasurer of the Pandal.

The Magic of Lalbagh Cha Raja

The Magic of Lalbagh Cha Raja, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 89,940 items / 544,895 views

Geographical Location: Central Mumbai

“LALBAUGCHA RAJA (The Emperor of Lalbaug)” is name of the popular Ganesh Idol of “LALBAUGCHA RAJA SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL”. The Mandal, formerly known as “SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL LALBAUG” was founded in the year 1934, because of a vow (NAVAS) for construction of the present Lalbaug Market at its existing place. The market place at Peru Chawl was shut down in 1932. Hence, the fishermen and vendors who used to sit in the open place vowed to Lord Ganesh for permanent place for their market. With the consistent efforts & support of the then local Councillor-Late Shri. Kuwarji Jethabhai Shah, Dr. V. B. Korgaonkar, Shri.Nakhawa Kokam Mama, Bhausaheb Shinde, Dr.U.A. Rao and the local residents, the landlord Rajabai Tayyabali agreed to give a plot for construction of a market. As fulfillment of their wish, the fisherman and the tr…

Lalbagh Cha Raja 2009

Lalbagh Cha Raja - A Tryst With Destiny

Lalbagh Cha Raja - A Tryst With Destiny, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 90,129 items / 546,461 views

she is satisfied
here on earth
lal bagh cha raja
face to face
by her side
her feelings
from mere mortals
she wishes to hide
her passion
her devotion
her maternal pride
by his magical touch
she silently cried
shri ashtavinayaka
shri siddhi vinayaka
her mentor her guide
in good times
in bad times
he will provide

"Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa"

her soul had replied