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The Chattri Or Human Juggernaut

The Chattri Or Human Juggernaut

The Chattri Or Human Juggernaut

The Chattri Or Human Juggernaut

The Chattri Or Human Juggernaut, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. About 156 rods enter his body from all ends stomach sides back and this is a tough one my dear friend from Sion Dharavi Sam Bhatia a Punjabi is an hardcore devotee of Mother Marriammen and partakes in this ritual..

The movements are slow and people carry a stool so he can sit , this is one of the other important rituals besides the rods pierced in the cheeks , rods are piereced through the chest from side to side.. hooks at the back, hooks in the stomach hooks on the thighs for one man to hang under another man on a pulley.

Than the limes hanging from needles women devotees prick their tongues with a trishul.

Shanmugham my Tamil friend from Worli hangs a huge bunch of tadgolas or a coconut bunch from hooks attached to the back.

Pulling cars vans raths rickshas with hooks on the backs is a very common feat among the devotees of Mother Marroamen.

Bhima Could Break The Guiness World Record For Spitting

Removing The Hooks Marriammen Temple Nehru Nagar Juhu

Removing The Hooks Marriammen Temple Nehru Nagar Juhu

Removing The Rods Marriammen Temple Nehru Nagar Juhu

Removing The Rods From The Cheeks Continues

Removing The Rods From The Cheeks Continues

Removing The Rods From The Cheeks Continues, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 184,642 items / 1,452,344 views

I continue with the second part of my Marriammen set of removal of rods, most of the places I have only shot the procession and moved away from this part of the removal of the rods ritual, because by the time say in the case of Macchimar fishing village the rod removal happens very late even the Sion Dharavi that I shot I was unable to shoot the rod removal pictures.

But because of my friendship with Bhima the guy removing the rods in the picture I try to hang in , as I did here but left soon after , 300 removal of rods is a tough task in very cheek to jowl surroundings.

Being a diabetic and also fasting along with the Tamils it is a tough shoot for both body and soul.

And I dont know who will shoot for me if I pierce my cheeks one of these days...uness I shoot pictures with a rod in my mouth.. wth very slim chances of movement I am sure..

Marziya On Hold

Marziya On Hold, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 184,593 items / 1,452,304 views

dear aunt
thank you
waiting
for your call
i dont want
you to
send me a
teddy bear
or a barbie doll
i have them all
its your love
i want most
of all
hope you hang
this picture
on your
bedroom wall
take care
chill
be happy
have a ball
marziya
your dearest
sweet and small

Marziya and the Dove

Marziya and the Dove, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 184,592 items / 1,452,283 views

marziya
was friendly
with a beautiful
angelic dove
god had sent
to her as a gift
from above
but marziyas dove
has flown away
leaving a looming
sadness in her
lonely alcove

dedicated
to her aunt..

A Shia Bloggers Pain

no drug induced trance
totally sane
a shia bloggers pain
Ya Hussain
tempered steel
tempered scalp
distempered brain
1400 year old cry
against terrorism
karbala
the land of sorrow
land of eternal pain
holding our allegiance
to truth when our beloved Imam
was ruthlessly slain
memories interwoven
in a mothers womb
waters of Euphrates
our flowing pain
muslims love killing muslims
in every reign
an Islamic thought
eunuch silence
as our blood
into the gutters
down the drain
tears on the soul of humanity
ashura on the gaza strip
imperial hegemony
all too plain

I went back to town to shoot the second half of the Mumbai Ashura segment the Ashura juloos from JJ Hospital corner to Rehmatabad Shia cemetery.

I had shot the Amin Imambada procession earlier in the morning , hard core matam of Habib , Baqar and their friends.
I had come home but due to the You Telecom my Server being slow, lethargic apathetic could only post a few pictures.

I returned to town, to participate in the Ashura juloos..

Habib Nassar is in the picture,…

Baqar Nassar Cuts open his Back

Jalal Mamu Hardcore Matamdar of Mumbai

Jalal Mamu Hardcore Matamdar of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. He and Ali Shah, Habib Nassar and Baqar Nassar are the hard core matamdars of Mumbai..

I shot the Amin Imambada Ashura both Habib and Baqar are ar at Habib Hospital Dongri , their back have been opened up again..

I came back to post some pictures and now shall return for the Ahshura juloos from JJ to Rhematabad Shis cemetery.
In the morning I lodged an FIR for my stolen Canon G9 at JJ Police Station..

I am Dangerously A Blade Away On The Foor Next To Jalal Mamu

I Go On My Back To Take This Shot of Jalal Mamu

I Go On My Back To Take This Shot of Jalal Mamu, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Jalal Mamu of Byculla is the greatest Shia Sword Matamdar of Mumbai and his contemporary is Ali Shah of JJ Hospital.

I have never shot Ali Shah till date , I miss him as I am cut my head when he is cutting himself during the Ashura Juloos.

Jalal Mamu on 9 Moharam before the Moharam procession at Honda Byculla has a small event at a Byculla Station gullly , that s visited by most Shias and you see hardcore Matam.. sword kama zanjir..

Jalal Mamu cuts himself mercilessly with the Sword and than ends his cutting with flagellation blades , his wounds are deep and gory and the following day on Ashura at Amin Imambada he will cut himself again in the morning.

Jalal Mamu is a cult figure but a very humble soul, hardly talks but is respected by every Shia.
I shot this for the first time , and it was on this day that my Canon G9 was stolen near Moghul Masjid.. it is close to a year now , Mumbai Pol…

Khuda Ke Liya Bas Kar Jalal

Now You Know Why Little Children Emulate Jalal Mamu And Ali Shah

Jalal Mamu Wont Stop This Is Hardcore Passion of Ya Hussain

Jalal Mamu I kiss your hands you are the humility of my faith

An Enigma Called Jalal Mamu

Wafa Aur Ek Bacchi Ki Pyas Ka Hai Alam Abbas Ka

Zuljana ذو الجناح‎) at Byculla

Zuljana ذو الجناح‎) at Byculla, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dhuljanah (Arabic: ذو الجناح‎) was the horse of Husayn ibn Ali. The original name of Zuljanah was Murtajiz and the reason for it being named that way was because of its sound of neighing being sweet, furious and high making it different from other horses. It was purchased by the Prophet Muhammad from an Arab called Haris. It features prominently in the traditional narrating of the story of the Battle of Karbala and it is thought to have been a White Stallion.

According to the legend, when Husayn ibn Ali was a mere child and learning to crawl, he used to go to the stable of Zuljanah and look at it. Once the Prophet of Islam said that his grand son was curiously looking at the horse as if some mysterious conversation was taking place, so the Prophet asked the child if he wished to ride the horse and on being answered the Prophet Muhammad ordered the horse to be moun…

Baqar Nasser And His Brother Habib Nasser Made Me A Shia In More Ways Than One

Baqar Nasser And His Brother Habib Nasser Made Me A Shia In More Ways Than One, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Before I met them I had just come out of long term of alcoholism.. I dont drink anymore.. but my alcoholism is chapter I wont forget not will my wife my children and my friends.. and I took up photography to make up for the loss of alcohol in my body.. I needed a Nasha and this was it ..

I came with my camera to shoot Moharam for the first time met Baqar Habib and saw all that I had missed for many years and began documenting Ghame Hussain the history of our ancestral pain.. and because of my multi colored background my respect for other religions specially Hinduism Christinaity I am easily misunderstood and than my passion for shooting the transgender hijra community has heckled the upper crust dosent really matter I am what I am I am living my life and not yours..

I though this bit of text was necessary I am updating this set at Flickr today..

Shia Mothers Day Is Everyday - Everyday is Ashura Everyland is Karbala

Shia Kids Learn Faith From The Pulpit of Motherhood

The Majlis Is Most Important Before The Juloos and The Rituals Begin

The Majlis Is Most Important Before The Juloos and The Rituals Begin, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Hai aaj bhi zamanay maeyn charcha Hussain ka
Chalta hai kayenaat maeyn sikka Hussain ka

Bharat maeyn gar wo aatay, Bhagwan kahtay hum
har Hindu naam pooja maeyn japta Hussain ka


Iss maeyn naheen kalaam kay hum but parast haeyn
Aankhon say apni choomaeyn gay rauza Hussain ka

Hum paapion kay samnay Hur ki misaal hai
Chamkata hai naseeb ishara Hussain ka

Ahlay Wial to parrhtay haeyn kalma Hussain ka
Hum hindo'oan nay parrh liya kalma Hussain ka

Sar apna jo patakti hai piyason ki yaad maeyn
Laytee hai naam Gunga o Jumna Hussain ka

Jai Singh panaah mangay gee mujh say narak ki aag
Maeyn Hindu hoon, magar hoon maeyn shaida Hussain ka

by jai singh

Shab e Ashur at Byculla Station East Dont Miss This Event

Shab e Ashur at Byculla Station East Dont Miss This Event, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was the first time I shot it and I was invited by Jalal Mamu , this is a small juloos that heads from here and joins the main juloos at Honda circle .. It was on this day in the night I was robbed of my G9 canon camera given to me by Dr Glenn Losack MD ..

I never shot this event as I move out a few days before AShura to shoot it in other cites of my country I shot Hyderabad and Madras yes I do miss Moharam in Mumbai and if someone did give me a ticket for Karbala I would gladly give it to a poor person more deserving in his devotion to Akka Maulah Hussain than me I have taken a pledge and it wil be part of my belief as long as I live .. My Karbala Is Hindustan whewre I live and where I intend to breathe my last..

Even Bollywood Mourns For Hussain

The Sounds Of Ya Hussain Will Never Die

The Sounds Of Ya Hussain Will Never Die, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. our tears
will never
run dry
we are shias
dont ask us why
through our blood
our matam
a 1400 year old
protest
on the soul of
Humanity
as reply
yes we cry


is par apko
kyon taklif hoti
hai bhai
hussain se manga
allah ne dua
puri karwaie
a part of karbala
in the hearts of shias
of amchi mumbai

MUJHE GALE SE LAGALO BAHUT UDDAS HOON MAIN

A Hijra Seaching For Love On a Moonlit Night

The Hijra Carrying a Fire Pot On Her Head

The Smile of The Hijra Is More Genuine Than Of A Woman

The Stud And The Hijras

Hijras Believe In God More Than Man

Only Poets Shoot The Souls of Hijras A Poetry of Life

Luckily God Did Not Create Hijras Or There Would Have Been Chaos On Earth

Khuda Jab Husn Deta Hai Toh Shamat Ayee Jati Hai

The Hijras On A Moonlit Night

I Pimp My Blogs My Soul My Poetry Of Doom At Facebook

I Pimp My Blogs My Soul My Poetry Of Doom At Facebook, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 184,592 items / 1,452,079 views

I was standing near the JVPD signal shooting with my camera attached on the monopod when she approached me and inquired about the disappearance of my Hijdaeunuchblogs at Wordpress..

I told her it was there I had not deleted it but hidden it from public view..I was posting my Blogs at Flickr only.. and cross blogging a few to Blogspot where I have two blogs and a few links I was posting at Facebook..

Facebook I use for pimping my blogs effectively.. best blog generator in the world..

Lady You Are The Biggest Fake

Lady You Are The Biggest Fake, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 184,592 items / 1,452,061 views

I had promised never to write a poem to her but this one just burst forth frothy from my womb of pain.. 'popat banaya ' means in hindi making an ass of another person..

you sweet
talk your way
into peoples
homeless
heart s
popat out
of them
you make
you get
them to fall
in love
with you
accidentally
of course
because
you enjoy it
for enjoying sake
you give
false hopes
than go
into denial
your best
friends
you forsake
fools and asses
out
of them
you make
you cause
them pain
burn them
on a stake
wrapped
in a cloak
of deceit
you switch
of your phone
a thirst
you do not
slake
you have
sleepless nights
insomnia
broken hearts
as fruit cakes
you bake
you keep
the asshole
at the
other end
forever
fully
awake
you come
in a persons life
slither away
like a snake
at daybreak
sod off
you say
rudely
as name
sake
poison
you give freely
poison
your intake
falling
for your
dewy…

Living on the Edge Namak Harami

Living on the Edge Namak Harami, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 184,592 items / 1,452,058 views

On 15th August our 60th Independence Day there was an article in the local newspaper Midday about a handful of Indians born in India living in India , working in India with American based companies, who instead of celebrating our Independence Day celebrate 4th July as they feel it is America that employs and feeds them..this as it was reported and their loyalty lies with the American employers...

I have penned the lines not only for this category of Indians but also those who lick foreigners ass and forget their true identity..this should only hurt those who desecrate their nationality and nationalism and live under an utopia of surrogate slavery of the Mind.
This is not at all about people of Indian birth settled American citizens , America is the country of their adoption and their priority should lie with the nation they live in...
My poem is in Hindi.. I think in En…

Removing The Rods From The Cheeks At Nehru Nagar Juhu 2011

I Have Shot Over 1500 Pictures In One Day of The Marriammen Feast Juhu 2011

I Have Shot Over 1500 Pictures In One Day of The Marriammen Feast Juhu 2011, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

I shot this event in two parts in the morning I shot over 500 pictures of the animal slaughter outside the Marriammen Temple Juhu barefeet , this was a tiring shoot as I was fasting with the Tamils only water and nothing else or tea.

I shot this from 6 am to 10.30 am, came home showered posted pictures hit the sack.

At about 4 pm in the hot blazing sun scorching heat I came back barefeet to Juhu beach , here I shot the piercings beach scenes the ISKON bhajan chant that was going on at the beach and tham walked with the devotees till the Marriammen Temple I shot some stuff with my monopod and than I met the hijras carrying hot pots on their heads most of them are readers of my blogs so kept wanting to be shot, I did than I reached the temple tired I was still fasting I shot the rod removal rituals walked back towards the beach end of the road met Sarla hijra …

Removing The Rods From The Cheeks At Nehru Nagar Juhu 2011

Bhima Removes The Rods at Nehru Nagar Juhu

Ganesh Removes The Rods at Nehru Nagar Juhu 2011

Removing the Rods From The Cheeks at Nehru Nagar Juhu 2011

Removing the Rods From The Cheeks at Nehru Nagar Juhu 2011, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 184,592 items / 1,452,046 views

Once the devotees with rods in their mouths , hooks in the back pulling vans cars reach the main road of Juhu , they all move towards the Marriammen Temple at Juhu Nagar for the final ritual of removal of the rods the hooks and the limes hung on needles pierced in the flesh.


This area is very congested as it is an acess exit road from and too the Nehru Nagar slums sitting on prime rich land of Mumbai touching the old Juhu airport..I have never ventured inside I will one day.

Bhima and Ganesh help in removing the rods by swallowing milk which they spit in the mouth of the rod holding devotee at the other end another guy pulls out the rod.. this is a mind blowing and painful ritual I had shot a lot and so took leave at about 10.30 pm but the ritual of the removal of the rods hooks limes I believe continued past midnight..

Last year this ritual …