Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Gates of Peace Ajmer Sharif India

Documenting the Soul of Humanity at Ajmer Urus 2010

Peersaab Fakhru Miya Hujra No6 Ajmer And Me

He Is A Moulaiee So Am I

he is a sunni
follower of a sufi path
he is a moulaiee
so am i
my birthright
from my mothers womb
from the streets i did not buy
tears on the soul of humanity
ya hussain we both cry
our eyes the source
of the euphrates
will never run dry
every land is karbala
every day is ashura
time wont deny

Ali imaam-e-manasto manam Ghulaam-e-Ali
hazaar jaan-e-giraamii fidaa-e-naam-e-Ali

Ali is the master of all, I am the slave of Ali
thousands life are to be sacrificed for Ali.

words embedded on earth and in the sky

Man Kunto Maula
Fa haza Ali-un Maula

Whoever I am master to,
Ali is his Master too.

a chant that does not die
on the wings of ahle bayt
a faith that moves mountains
we fly

The Rain Man

Marziya Shakir Mind Games

I have kept my Ajmer pictures on hold and I am uploading pictures I shot after coming back from my Sufi pilgrimage.

These are about 175 pictures including street shots I shot from a bus yesterday and some of the rains in Mumbai.

I can shoot cliche rain pictures tht media shoots near Gateway, Worli Chowpatty but I have no time or inclination..

Shooting the rains is shooting just a drop as it affects the soul of Man in Mumbai.

Marziya shot the Kolis of Bandra Bazar while I helped her hold the camera.

Vat Purnima 2010

I was waiting for a bus at Opera House today, to go to Kalbadevi and the bus 101 was taking a lot of time , but as soon as I saw this lady doing the Vat Purnima puja and rituals I forgot about my bus and shot a lot of frames.

Vat Purnima 2010

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Maharashtrian women celebrate Vat Purnima on the streets tying a string and doing puja beneath a tree .
This is one feat that fascinates me and is part of street study on Hope and Hindutva.. a message of Peace and Humanity..

i shot these new pictures from a bus and I shot another set at ground level at Opera House on my way to Kalbadevi..

Wat Pournima is the festival for Maharashtrian women, which is celebrated in the month of Jesht (May-June). Women observe a fast and tie threads around a banyan tree and pray for the same husband in every birth.

The celebration derived from the story of Savitri and Satyavan. It has been foretold that Satyavan won't live long. Resting on the lap of Savitri, Satyavan was waiting for death under a banyan tree, when the day of death comes. The messenger of Yama, the God of death came to take Satyavan. But Savitri refused to give her beloved husband. Messenger after messenger tried to take Satyavan away, but in vain. Finally, Yama himself appeared in front of Savitri and insisted to give her husband.

Since, she was still adamant, he offered her a boon. She asked for the well being of her in-laws. He granted it to her. She then followed him as he took Satyavan's body away. He offered her another boon. She now asked for the well being of her parents. This boon, too, was granted. But she was relentless, and continued to follow him. As they approached Yama's abode, he offered her a final boon. She asked for a son. He granted it. She then asked him how it would be possible for her to beget sons without her husband. Yama was trapped and had to return her husband.

So, married women pray to the banyan tree for the long life of their husbands and children. Their fast is observed the whole night till the next morning.

Crying For Imam Hussain

Imam Husain is Humanity and his humanity his sacrifice touches everyone not only a Shia but a Sunni too on the path of Sufism.

Zubair Bawa is a Moulaiee for him life without Hussain is no life at all.

He is forever reciting couplets on Imam Hussain and the Tragedy of Karbala.

And one need not be a Shia to cry for Hussain..

Zubair Bawa curses all the killers of Imam Hussain and he shouts out all the names of the rascals one by one .

Zubair Bawa is one of my favorite pictorial subjects..goes without saying.

Zubair Bawa and Me

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Zubair Bawa is a Moulaiee a lover of Ahle Bayt, he curses the killers of Imam Hussain.
Publicly he curses Muawiyeh , Yazid and all those that hated Ale Rasool.

Most of the time Zubair Bawas scream of Ya Ali can be heard everywhere and today it is Imam Alis Birthday.

Zubair Bawa is a Sunni adherent of Sufism , but it is the name of Hussain that makes him cry.

Zubair Bawa is from Kadial Sharif Dargah but is a staunch murid of Peersaab Fakhru Miya Hujra no6.

His voice has the power to shatter glass.

Zubair Bawa is very fond of me and will soon be going to Haj..shortly.

Gaddi Nashin Farid Miya Hujra No 6 Ajmer

Normally you are not allowed to shoot pictures within the Holy Shrine but Haji saab sitting next to me in white made it possible and on my right is Gaddi Nashin Farid Miya elder son of Fakhru Miya Hujra no 6 my host.

Next to Haji Saab is Hafiz Saab.

I was totally barefeet at Ajmer Sharif.

The Lion of Ajmer Peersaab Fakhru Miya Hujra No 6