The Marathi Kulfiwala On Mahim Beach, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. The Marathi manoos indigenous inhabitant of Mumbai works with dignity and does not complain , he does not take law in his hands or goes on strike bringing the entire machinery of the state to a halt and I talk of these people the kolis or the dabbawalas ..none of the governments that came to power in Maharashtra have ever done anything for whatever is done is like powder lipstick just cosmetic on the surface.
So I showcase their humility their culture of work and pride in whatever they do, be it selling vegetables in the local market..
A mother goddess. The Tamil word mari means death but when the letter a in it is accented, the word changes to mean rain. She is the most ancient and popular deity among the village deities of Salem and is worshipped under several other names such as Amman, Atthu, Ayam Ayee (Mother) Dharmapuri (Mari with army) Magamayee ( Great Mother) and Vadivattha ( Beautiful Mother) all indicating an ancient form of ancestral mother worship Iconographically, Mari represented in a sitting posture with four bands. They hold a drum, a trident a bundle if ropes and a skull.
Mari Amman rules over discuses that bring death, especially small pox. At times of small-pox incidence, the leaves of the neem tree (netta azadirachia) sacred to the goddess, are spread on the bed of the afflicted person and a bunch of them tied in the entrance of the patients house …
About Goddess Marriamman, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Mariamman is a South Indian mother Goddess predominantly worshipped in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. She is worshipped mainly by the tamil speaking population in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.
The origin of Goddess Mariamman is unclear. Mari in Tamil means rain. Mariamman is an ancient village goddess related to fertility and rain. Mari also means change. Thus, the name Maria Amman would mean goddess who has changed. According to some, Mariamman is the sister of Lord Ranganatha (Maha Vishnu) and called Mahamaya. The Samayapuram Mariamman is worshipped on the first day of the Tamil month of Vaikasi by the Iyengar/Srivaishna Brahmins of Srirangam. Another version suggests that she is the mother of Parasurama, Renukadevi who is appeased for rains. Mariamman was the smallpox goddess before this disease was eradicated and is similar to Sitala Devi in this respect.
my cultural inheritance i shoot i am an indian is what matters caste color creed is your problem your headache a thought on the soul of my poetry bears fruits we are one to a single mother this tribute satyamave jayate universal truth
My son Saif Shakir dropped me at the Marriamman Temple Macchimar or Fishermans Colony Mahim.
The folks here were surprised why I had not come in the morning to shoot the animal slaughter ritual, but I was actually waiting for a call from them which never came so I did not go.
But I would not miss the cheek piercing rituals so here I was paying my respect to Goddess Marriamman.. her people her followers her world I document share online.
I shot Krishna hijra dressing the Goddess replica and than moved to the beach to shoot the rituals the puja the possession where the Goddess enters the body of the head priest Ganesh and also enters the body of Krishna hijra.
Krishna has just returned from the Koovagam eunuch festival at Koothandavar in Tamilnadu close to Pudicherry .
The Muslims From India are a Race Apart, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. he is a sunni i am a shia we have different ideologies but Allah rules our heart ahle bayt an integral part we belong to a peacloving nation mother india death do us apart with la ilaha ilalallh a new day we start we may not be highly educated but believe me we are humble intelligent clever smart