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This is Ma Durga shot by a two and a half year old street photographer on the Nikon D 80.Marziya Shakir .of Mumbai
In Hinduism, Durga (Sanskrit: दुर्गा, meaning "the inaccessible" or "the invincible"; Bengali: দুর্গা, durga) or Maa Durga (Bengali: মা দুর্গা, ma durga, meaning "Mother Durga") "one who can redeem in situations of utmost distress". Durga is a form of Devi, the supremely radiant goddess, depicted as having ten arms, riding a lion or a tiger, carrying weapons and a lotus flower, maintaining a meditative smile, and practicing mudras, or symbolic hand gestures.
An embodiment of creative feminine force (Shakti), Durga exists in a state of svātantrya (independence from the universe and anything/anybody else, i.e., self-sufficiency) and fierce compassion. Kali is considered by Hindus to be an aspect of Durga. Durga is also the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya. She is thus considered the fiercer, demon-fighting form of Shiva's wife, goddess Parvati. Durga manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion.
The word Shakti means divine feminine energy/force/power, and Durga is the warrior aspect of the Divine Mother. Other incarnations include Annapurna and Karuɳamayi (karuɳa = kindness). Durga's darker aspect Kali is represented as the consort of the god Shiva, on whose body she is often seen standing.
Durga Slays Mahishasura, Mahabalipuram sculpture.
As a goddess, Durga's feminine power contains the energies of the gods. Each of her weapons was given to her by various gods: Rudra's trident, Vishnu's discus, Indra's thunderbolt, Brahma's kamandalu, Kuber's Ratnahar, etc.
According to a narrative in the Devi Mahatmya story of the Markandeya Purana text, Durga was created as a warrior goddess to fight an asura (an inhuman force/demon) named Mahishasura. He had unleashed a reign of terror on earth, heaven and the nether worlds, and he could not be defeated by any man or god, anywhere. The gods went to Brahma, who had given Mahishasura the power not to be defeated by a man. Brahma could do nothing. They made Brahma their leader and went to Vaikuntha — the place where Vishnu lay on Ananta Naag. They found both Vishnu and Shiva, and Brahma eloquently related the reign of terror Mahishasur had unleashed on the three worlds. Hearing this Vishnu, Shiva and all of the gods became very angry and beams of fierce light emerged from their bodies. The blinding sea of light met at the Ashram of a priest named Katyan. The goddess Durga took the name Katyaayani from the priest and emerged from the sea of light. She introduced herself in the language of the Rig-Veda, saying she was the form of the supreme Brahman who had created all the gods. Now she had come to fight the demon to save the gods. They did not create her; it was her lila that she emerged from their combined energy. The gods were blessed with her compassion.
It is said that upon initially encountering Durga, Mahishasura underestimated her, thinking: "How can a woman kill me, Mahishasur — the one who has defeated the trinity of gods?" However, Durga roared with laughter, which caused an earthquake which made Mahishasur aware of her powers.
And the terrible Mahishasur rampaged against her, changing forms many times. First he was a buffalo demon, and she defeated him with her sword. Then he changed forms and became an elephant that tied up the goddess's lion and began to pull it towards him. The goddess cut off his trunk with her sword. The demon Mahishasur continued his terrorizing, taking the form of a lion, and then the form of a man, but both of them were gracefully slain by Durga.
Then Mahishasur began attacking once more, starting to take the form of a buffalo again. The patient goddess became very angry, and as she sipped divine wine from a cup she smiled and proclaimed to Mahishasur in a colorful tone — "Roar with delight while you still can, O illiterate demon, because when I will kill you after drinking this, the gods themselves will roar with delight".[cite this quote] When Mahashaur had half emerged into his buffalo form, he was paralyzed by the extreme light emitting from the goddess's body. The goddess then resounded with laughter before cutting Mahishasur's head down with her sword.
Thus Durga slew Mahishasur, thus is the power of the fierce compassion of Durga. Hence, Mata Durga is also known as Mahishasurmardhini — the slayer of Mahishasur. According to one legend, the goddess Durga created an army to fight against the forces of the demon-king Mahishasur, who was terrorizing Heaven and Earth. After ten days of fighting, Durga and her army defeated Mahishasur and killed him. As a reward for their service, Durga bestowed upon her army the knowledge of jewelry-making. Ever since, the Sonara community has been involved in the jewelry profession .
The goddess as Mahisasuramardhini appears quite early in Indian art. The Archaeological Museum in Matura has several statues on display including a 6-armed Kushana period Mahisasuramardhini that depicts her pressing down the buffalo with her lower hands . A Nagar plaque from the first century BC - first century AD depicts a 4-armed Mahisamardhini accompanied by a lion. But it is in the Gupta period that we see the finest representations of Mahisasuramardhini (2-, 4-, 6-, and at Udayagiri, 12-armed). The spear and trident are her most common weapons. a Mamallapuram relief shows the goddess with 8 arms riding her lion subduing a bufalo-faced demon (as contrasted with a buffalo demon); a variation also seen at Ellora. In later sculptures (post-seventh Century), sculptures show the goddess having decapitated the buffalo demon.
The four day long (Saptami to Dashami) Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival in Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, and Assam. It is celebrated likewise with much fervour in other parts of India, especially the Himalayan region, but is celebrated in various forms throughout the Hindu universe.
The day of Durga's victory is celebrated as Vijayadashami (Bengali), Dashain (Nepali) or Dussehra (Hindi) - these words literally mean "the Victory Tenth" (day).
In Kashmir she is worshipped as shaarika (the main temple is in Hari Parbat in Srinagar).
The actual period of the worship however may be on the preceding nine days (Navaratri) followed by the last day called Vijayadashami in North India or five days in Bengal (from the sixth to tenth day of the waxing-moon fortnight). Nine aspects of Durga known as Navadurga are meditated upon, one by one during the nine-day festival by devout Shakti worshippers.
In North India, the tenth day, signifying Rama's victory in his battle against the demon Ravana, is celebrated as Dussehra - gigantic straw effigies of Ravana are burnt in designated open spaces (e.g. Delhi's Ram Lila grounds), watched by thousands of families and little children.
In Mysore Karnataka, she is worshipped as Chamundeshwari, the patron goddess of the city during Dussehra
In Gujarat it is celebrated as the last day of Navaratri, during which the Garba dance is performed to celebrate the vigorous victory of Mahishasura-mardini Durga.
The Goddess Durga is worshiped in her peaceful form as Maha Gauri, The Fair Lady, Shree Shantadurga also known as santeri, is the patron Goddess of Goa. She is worshiped by all Goan Hindus.
In Maharashtra, Tulja Bhavani and Ambabai is worshiped as Mahishasur Mardini and is patron goddess of land. Bhavani is known as Tulaja, Amba, Renuka, Yamai, Saptshrungi, Jogai in different places of Maharashtra. She is inspirational goddess of Raja shivaji. As per legends, Bhavani revealed to Shivaji and blessed him to form a kingdom.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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The Street Photographer of Mumbai - Marziya Shakir, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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She shoots pictures with her eyes closed
half shut half open god alone knows
sons daughter a grand daughter up close
one month short for her three years
grand daughter of a barefeet blogger firoze
caught in the meshes of worldly woes
held captive within locked doors of fate
through misery pain despair
on the soul of humanity as weeds it grows
as the winds blow to and fro
marziya mumbaikar jai ho
Shooting Hope and Hindutva As A Message of Peace and Humanity, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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a child with
what the adult
eyes dont see
wont ever see
the true diverse
colors in a spectrum
of unity you call it a crowd
a collection i call it humanity
different faiths in parity
so marziya shakir
a month away from
her third birthday
to hope and hindutva
a message of peace
hold the universe
humility and charity
This Was The First Time I Was Letting Marziya Shoot Me Outdoors, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
She cannot adjust the lens she points and shoots what comes is what she shot and I dare not delete as she checks on the monitor on the pictures she shot she knows the basic buttons on the camera , though I admonish her when she shoos badly ..
But she wont give up here it was scary as I am besides her in case she drops the camera though she has the strap around her neck.
But I am sure God loves Marziya the street photographer than the Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai.. Me .
This Is Respect for Humanity Religiosity Shot By Marziya Shakir Nikon D 80, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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Marziya Shakir is a gifted born photographer.
She will be three years old 24 November.
She has come a long way with her vision embedded in my camera.
The Camera Nikon D 80 was gifted to her by her Guru No 1 Dr Glenn Losack MD Manhattan New York.
And here I will tell you the connection between Marziya and her Uncle Glenn, its private matter that I am making public , Glenn is very fond of Marziya on her first birthday he wanted to give her a blank cheque to her father for taking care of Marziyas primary and secondary education in the finest school in Mumbai .
My son politely refused though he profusely thanked the good doctor for the kind thought and offer I did not intervene or offer suggestion it was a dialogue between them.
My son felt and told Glenn that whatever hardships in life we were going through , or whatever pitfalls came our way Marziyas education would be take care of by him and our family.
We have seen seen real badly timed situations, we put our house on the block but Allah provides and we shall overcome.
Business has ill tidings and bad tidings too. but good things to come eventually.
So back to Marziya , Marziyas Guru No 1 will always be Glenn.
Glenn was quite hurt by my sons response and thought it was attitude but explained to Glenn about my sons humility and self respect that had nothing to do with pride.
So a white man , a Brooklyn Jew is thus an integral part of a Muslim Shia family in Mumbai he is dying on the other end to come to the land he loves immensely and though a proud American loves India and calls it Mother India,if Glenn was a Indian is his previous birth I dont know.
He relives the pain of his life through the pictures he takes the music he makes and performs.
So now you know in brief about Dr Glenn Losack and my 150000 pictures at Flickr are in view to all of you because Dr Glenn Losack paid for my Pro membership at Flickr till Flickr has a change of heart and gives me a life time free membership as my pictures are educational and service to Humanity and Society.
The Essence Of Truth Hope And Hindutva Shot By A Two And a Half Year Old Child, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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This was Marziya Shakirs first shot I had to make her tilt the lens a bit higher and she does not even reach the height of the podium.
I was looking around for a chair but I let her shoot her vision of Goddess Durga at Bandra Bazar Road.
A child sees life as God would see it totally purified without bias, a child's vision is the vision of Truth and Eternity..and it is this lesson I learn from Marziya Shakir while I unlearn the art of Photography from her.
We both are Shias and yet enjoy the fruits of our cultural surroundings, and my grand daughter knows that there are vistas several windows to the house of life..the power of the camera is nothing but power of the mind over matter.
And even if I die tomorrow I will be at peace with myself for showing Marziya the facets of life that are part of a greater life ahead.
I studied in a Catholic school I had Hindu friends Parsi Jew Christian friends and ironically I did not have Muslim friends of my age when I stayed at Wodehouse Road Colaba.
Religion or religious bigotry was not an issue our parents God bless their souls loved Humanity in all its diverse colors and we are fruits of that love and sacrifice.
I could never badmouth the tenets of any religion or their Holy Books .
And in all humility to those who bad mouth Islam because a few have terrorized Humanity does not change the nature of peace hope harmony in Islam.
If you Google Search Hope and Hindutva a Message of Peace and Humanity you will get the relevance of a Muslim Bloggers tribute praise to his culture and its contribution to his life too.
I think Hinduism that I call Hope and Hindutva a Message of Peace and Humanity made me a better person a better Muslim and a better visionary as a photographer and a poet too.
That Indian publishers will only publish me after my Death or Suicide Or if I am murdered is not part of this blog, what sells is bling and sleaze and nobody really cares a flying shit for beggars on the streets or diverse cultures or the hijras.
And I am not a Coffee Table book not even on my dead Body.
Yesterday I tried to include all my Hindu based religious images of events I have shot this year in my set at Flickr Hope and Hindutva..its about 11000 pictures till date ...
So a child imbibes what you fed him , if a child is given a staple diet of love and peace respect for the surroundings and other faith he she will never be a victim of racism bigotry or narrow mindedness.
So what a two and a half year old child shoots on her grand fathers camera is Truth that he always shot , peace that he always shoot and pain that he relives after every shoot .
And this year my grand daughter will scourge her back with blades on the streets of Bandra juloos and shoot Moharam too wearing a black Tshirt with its back opening to make the blades cut her back...
Durga Ma And Me Shot By Marziya Shakir Nikon D 80, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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This is a Durga pandal close to my house and all the pictures were shot by Marziya ..normally I guide her but here she had the guidance of the inner plug in of her creative soul.
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Hijra Vardan - I Again Meet A Beggar Hijra In The Train, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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The hijra admonished me and said I should not take pictures of their activities in the train, they beg and and get of at the next station.
When I Went To Take This Shot The Guy Next To Me Freaked, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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