Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mahashivratri at Jari Mari Mandir SV Road Bandra 2011

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After I had finished shooting the Satghare Ram Mandir Bandra Bazar Road Mahashivratri I proceeded towards the Jari Mari Mandir Bandra SV Road took permission from the Chairman of the Mandir Trust and shot the Mahashivratri proceedings within the Temple.

I am known by all at this temple but I feel it is necessary to take the permission , as is saves one from further problems and though I am a Muslim people in Bandra know my intentions of shooting Hindu feasts festivals is purely out of my love for my country and my cultural inheritance.

I met the Siv Sena Shakha Pramukh Mr Zende of Khar and the trustee of the Ghanteshwar Hanuman Mandir and he invited me to his temple for Hanuman Jayanti too.

Mahashivratri 2011

Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.

Significance of Shivaratri in Hinduism
Festival of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hinduism. According to sacred scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most. This fact is said to have been declared by Lord Shiva himself, when his consort Parvati asked him as to which ritual performed by his devotees pleases him the most.

Even till date, devotees of Lord Shiva perform the ritual worship of Shivratri with care and devotion. They observe day and nigh fast and give sacred bath to Shiva Linga with honey, milk, water etc. Hindus consider it extremely auspicious to worship Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri as it is believed that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity absolves a devotee of past sins. The devotee reaches the abode of Lord Shanker and lives there happily. He is also liberated from the cycle of birth and death and attains moksha or salvation.

Significance of Shivaratri for Women
Mahashivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely significant festival by women. Married and unmarried women observe fast and perform Shiva Puja with sincerity to appease Goddess Parvati who is also regarded as ‘Gaura’ - one who bestows marital bliss and long and prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband.

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words groping
for light
in the wordsmiths
coming forward
from behind
through a keyboard
words born blind
touching the soul
of mankind
a little mouse
moving to and fro
my soul aligned
through the internet
my angst i bind
on paper
in a world unkind
pictures embedded
my thoughts entwined
through my camera eye
purloined as it uploads
comes alive online
with a bejeweled hand
duly signed
on hijra tits
holistically healing
the fruit and the rind
a hand outlined
to a blog
cautiously confined
an imagery poetically
at the altar of her
androgynous love
a transvestite
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steeply inclined
a facebook chat
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in her eunuch dreams
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on the soul
of the human body
a genetic crime
whiter than white
darker than grime
living in the gutters
living in slime
begging for a dime
on the soul of my poetry
a white bleeding rhyme
lost illusions
lost in the prime
fair and lovely
is not so sublime
a karmic chaos
as the suns rays
hit the eyes each time
carrying a cross
for a lifetime
dreamless peace
at night time

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The Albino Family At The Foot of The Malangad Mountains

When Light Is A Greater Curse Than Darkness

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I had shot them hastily while climbing up the Malangad mountains and now I shot them again as I was at the foothills where these unfortunate Albino siblings sit and beg.. it is terrible but this is their vocation in life, unless society at large rehabilitates they are nothing but animals in a circus of life.

You think I enjoy shooting all this and forcing it up your gullet but this is part of my Haji Malang travelogue blogs...I shoot beggars to show you their world up close , my country has more ugliness in high places than you will find at grass root levels.

When the scams were being unearthed they all looked the other way and now all of a certain action is being taken after having given the people concerned ample time to destroy evidence hide the loot and god knows what.. everything is one big sham on the soul of a bleeding nation.

Politics is the greatest curse , and democracy in spite of it its silver lining preempts corruption whichever way you take it.

And I guess Democracy is an ideal for fools better than having to live under the scourge of a mad man like Muammar Gaddafi...

With this my two days at Haji Malang come to an end ..I shot some portions of the Urus 2011 and the rituals and surroundings, there is ugliness on top of Malangad on the first day of the Urus , I have not mentioned or shot it, it is not part of my documentary, Haji Malang is a disputed site and comes with a baggage of political shenanigans.

Whether you call this place by any other name it is inherently a place of peace hope and humanity and as such I shot it devoid all the other skirmishes.

But its true I came here also to shoot Hijras document their lives juxtaposed with the Sufi divinity, their spiritual getaway, and the hijras have invested in land here bought their homes to make living more feasible and accommodating for their community.

The hotel rents during the Urus like any other tourist festival place sky rocket and high.

I have documented the hijra life during the Urus , they beg here as per tradition from the shop keepers even I had to shell out Rs 50, but I paid it willingly to the hijras.. this is the money used for the community kitchen , everyday the hijraa groups distribute food for everyone including the poor and the needy pilgrims.

I did not shoot the Dhamal where rafaees show their body piercing skill because of my problems with one of the Trustee of the Haji Malang Dargah Trust who felt my documentary blogs were more hijracentric and hurt his sanctimonious background , and I never in the first place came just to shoot the dargah, nor was I under the sponsorship of the Trust so his words were unbecoming and he had no right to rebuke me in the first place I was a guest of the Holy Saint and not any individual..

Though without Kumar Ketkar Abhijeet Ketkar the Hindu Khadims of Haji Malang and Sakib my florist friend from Mahim who has shops at Haji Malang I dont think I could be here due to financial constrains and they invite me here year after year instill love and trust in me.

I reiterate I am not a Sufi adherent, I am an Indian Shia Muslim but yes I am under the influence of the positivity of Sufism.. and in India in my humble opinion in Sufiism and Sunnism there is a very thin demarcation line it is not about sect only about devotion and peace and humanity. and that is what I have shown through my pictures, poetry and my blogs

And as I am studying the life of the hijras as a blogger I shoot them to add their ethos to my set at and my Hijdaeunuch blogs at Wordpress.

Without the support of the hijra gurus like Ma Madhurima , Salma Guru , Baby Guru , Nayak Gopal Haji of Najafgarh and my own iconic hijra Guru Laxmi Narayan Trupathi and others these blogs on the hijras would have not been possible.

Khushi Raveena Megha Nisha Mona and the child eunuchs added the color and adventure to my blogs...and the crossdressers and ladyboys of India too.

My Life Dying To Branch Out

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trying to make
a mountain
out of a molehill
is not what it is about
rules of alignment
my poetic soul flouts
silently i shout
from this drudgery
wanting to get out
confusion and doubt
within and without
from my spectral
i want to pull out
a hindu shia devout
a head cut open
a river
of blood splurts
a fire
i wont put out
as it burns
my soul among
the nagas
damodar kund
my spirit
dives in
bathes out
held captive
in mumbai
i cant break out
as the lights
go out
a blog
timed out

Happy Mahashivratri to All