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The Hijra Pierces his Cheek with a 18 Feet Rod

The Ritual of Piercing the Cheeks With a 18 feet Rod

The Ritual of Piercing the Cheeks With a 18 feet Rod, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 128,068 items / 936,054 views

Most important you have to be clean in mind body and thought.

The fast continues and the person can only have liquid with the rod in his mouth.
This is the first time I shot a hijra doing this ritual and because I thought I might not get this opportunity again I shot him extensively.

I shoot every mood every nuance I have on hand 2 cards of 16 GB so obviously I am in no mood to scrounge , and because I am under no editorial constrain and because I dont have to give head to a photo editor to publish a single picture I am
impulsively free to hit the trigger as many times I want.

I have not mortgaged the soul of my pictures for money ..and some things you cant buy if they are not for sale ,,, like a bloggers attitude towards life and photography.

I shoot single frame without noise I shoot the soul of reality .

I shoot wide I hate telly ..but my photography eq…

The Hijda Gets Ready for the Cheek Piercing

The Hijda Gets Ready for the Cheek Piercing, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The hijdas are a very unique race , totally seeped in ritualism and hardcore spirituality of the street , they are active participants dancing their way into the Holy Saints heart during the various Urus at Ajmer or Haji Malang.

I have tried to talk less on my pictures keeping them as visuals only, but my fascination for the hijda ethos makes me voluble.

One thing I must reiterateI was invited here by Raja the piercer and it was the first time he invited me here to Sion Koliwada , imagine I know him since three ytears.

Why this change of heart I dont know,,he hardly ever talked to me or ever called me, but now I have his phone number.

Raja will not pierce your cheeks without money this is his basic rule hard cash no Udhar means no credit , he charges for the removal of the hooks and the rods too..

But he is experienced and does a fabulous job.Nobody complains .

Photography is not about shootin…

Hardcore Cheek Piercing with 18 Feet Rod

Hardcore Cheek Piercing with 18 Feet Rod

Spitting Milk in the Devotees Mouth

Spitting Milk in the Devotees Mouth, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was the first time I was shooting this important milk ritual in good light and the milk is blown into the devotees mouth to lubricate the steel rod and make it movable in the mouth.

The same technique is applied when the rod is removed at the Maryamma temple after several hours , the guys with the 18 feet rods in the mouth sometimes with hooks on the back pull cars and move in a procession , a very slow tedious procession through the main road of Sion Koliwada .

I was shooting this event here for the first time barefeet , dog tired in my diabetic condition without food or drink.

All I had was jeera and lime before the piercings began at the Sai Baba Temple.

The Rod Goes Through Both The Cheeks

Hardcore Street Photography of Pain