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The Hindu Shia of Mumbai

The Hindu Shia of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 188,149 items / 1,484,639 views

I wear the colors of my cultural inheritance and I am proud to be a Hindustani Shia Muslim.. my country its culture its collective ethos means a lot to me in a way it enhances the human belief of my own Shia religiosity and faith in relation to my surroundings..

I respect the Marriammen rituals or I would not be shooting it, and I respect their forbearance to pain , and the ah on my forehead does not take away the blood that will overflow like a river on the Day of Ashura.. yes I am connected to my spirtuality my ancestry of pain through blood .

These are my individual thoughts as a poet as a person who follows a path of Peace and Mysticism too..I have lived with Aghoris Naga Sadhus Rafees Dam Madar Malangs and Hijra Bawas.

I have begged with the Rafaees and the Naga Sadhus..from door to door I have seen humility charity and death too..

Strangely I am scared of living and not sc…

This is My 188034 Blog at Flickr.com

This is My 188034 Blog at Flickr.com, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 188,034 items / 1,484,281 views

This is me barefeet shooting the Marriammen Feast animal sacrifice at Macchimar Colony Mahim to appease Goddess Marriamen the Hindu Tamil followers of this unique highly loved goddess respected worshiped all over the world sacrifice goat and poultry..

Later after the sacrifice the piercings begin , cheek piercings for inserting rods in the mouth , hooks in the back to pull vehicles and limes on the hands backs held by needles in the flesh.. and carrying Agni or hot posts on the heads.

I have been documenting this ritual custom of her followers for many years now all over Mumbai.

Anamika a Malyali and a Koli.. of Mumbai

Anamika a Malyali and a Koli.. of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Her mother died of cancer recently and her dad got a paralysis stroke on the passing away of her mother..she used to pierce her tongue every year.. this year she stopped it due to the loss of her mother.

Shooting The Mystique of Marriammen and Her Followers

Shooting The Mystique of Marriammen and Her Followers, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

I fell down to the floor thrice , once here and twice at the beach during the rituals , this is not just about shooting pictures or being a photographer it goes beyond..being a mystic myself..living with naga sadus rafaees and dam madar malangs and hijra bawas..I understand the metaphor of their spirituality the pain they undergo to pierce their cheeks with a 21 feet rod , hooks in the back that pull vans coconut trolleys even kids attach limes on their hands backs stitched with needles in the flesh.


I shot this entire event barefeet with blisters on my feet and I shot the piercings as close as close can be I was tired so I aborted this shoot half way and returned home.

I am very close to the Pujaris sister Laxmi her children her family who treat me like a family member and one of their own..I am a Muslim a Mumbaikar but shooting this event for so many years I have become a half …

Krishna Hijra Tantric Devotee of Goddess Marriammen

Krishna Hijra Tantric Devotee of Goddess Marriammen, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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A very intense powerful hijra seeped in the tantras and mysticism..the goddess enters his body and talks through him I captured this moment later on my camera at the Mahim beach.

INDIA4396/ M U H A R R A M

INDIA4396/ M U H A R R A M, originally uploaded by GLOSACK. MUMBAI

Dedicated to Muslims everywhere
a peaceful loving people.

and especially to to Mr. Shakir and Mr.Nasser who assisted me greatly during this amazing once in a lifetime event.

Marriammen Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim 2011 My New Set at Flickr.com

Marriammen Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim 2011 My New Set at Flickr.com, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 187,826 items / 1,483,379 views

I start my new set of my Marriammen series shot this afternoon at Mahim Macchimar colony.. or Fishermen Colony..

I came here at 1 pm and shot the animal sacrifice to Goddess Marriammen and after the sacrifice the followers of Marriammen moved to Mahim beach , I was barefeet my feet were in real bad shape , at the beach there was a grand puja by Ganesh pujari a lot of people went into a trance including me.. and soon after the piercings started performed by Raja .. and from here the procession moved via St Michaels Church back to the Marriammen Temple a long route and there were boys pulling vans with hooks in the back , kids with limes attached with needles to the flesh and women carrying hot pots or Agni on their heads.

At the beach the devi entered the body of Krishna hijra and this was a very mesmerizing experience he spoke in t…