Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Beggar Poet And Magic Eye .. Shot by My Watchman

I can teach photography in 5 minutes ...

My watchman has never held a camera in his life , not a DSLR Canon EOS 7D with vertical grip I took him close to him whispered a mantra in his ears .. the result is for you to see .. and I say this in extreme godly humility ..

It is another matter my Grand daughter Marziya Shakir shoots with the same camera and is 4 year old..

It is another matter 10 month old grand daughter Nerjis Asif Shakir is learning photography on the same camera ,..

You either have it or dont , or you inherit it from your Guru,..

You are everything but without your Guru you are nothing..


My gurus of photography

Mr KG Maheshwari

Late Mr BW Jatkar

Mr Shreekanth Malushte

Dr Glenn Losack MD

Tom Andrews

One Life Time Is Not Enough To Understand The Magic of India

What I shoot is not sleigh of hand or hallucinatory trick but hardcore faith , faith that with hooks attached to human flesh on the back pulls cars rickshas and trucks..

At the Kumbh I have shot my Naga Sadhu guru Shri Vijay Giri Maharaj pull a car with his penis .. and I have over the years shot possession , trance and exorcism..

This is the genre of my photography, that is considered blasphemy heresy , but fuck who care I shoot with my eyes my vision my camera I dont shoot with the blinkers on your eyes .. I shoot faith faith that moves mountains.

There were a lot of things in life I was allowed to see but restricted to shoot.. and I have no complaints I shoot Truth and I dont ridicule the people I shoot or their rituals culture I shoot it every year because I have gained the trust respect of the people I shoot..

And they know I am a Muslim , a Shia Muslim who cuts his head thrice a year during Moharam, I have flagellated my back with blades I walk on fire.. I have shot King Cobras only a whisker away from my dumb face but I lived when my time comes to die I will peacefully go away.

I chose photo blogging as the medium to showcase My India My Mumbai my Bandra ,,,my Bandra Blogs .. I dont share my stuff with newspapers and magazines actually they are so pompous arrogant and conceited they would die if they really shot as passionately as I shoot what I was destined to shoot.

And I have my limitations no financial help, no sponsors so I shoot close to home I dont run and shoot the mediocre stuff what others like to shoot..

I shoot the Hijras the Hijra shaman hijra children and the hijra courtesans .. I shall shoot them in Ajmer but the general public will never see what I shoot .. this documentary the privilege of my closest friends on Flickr and Google+.

I will be reviving my spiritual allegiance and pledge with my Dam Madar Peer and meet my Peer brother Marc De Clercq shoot some new adventures .

I take things as they come I flow with the stream..

I shall be with my host Peersaab Fakhru Miya Hura no6 at Ajmer incase you guys want to connect with me there I shall be entering the City of Peace Ajmer barefeeet leaving my ego back in Mumbai just carrying the nourishment of my alter ego humility only and the cosmic eye of Shiva lodged in my camera.

taking the husbands blessings before piercing her cheeks - shilpa koli

The Koli Race of Mumbai

The Koli people (Sanskrit/Hindi: कोली; Gujarati: કોળી) are historically an Indo-Aryan ethnic group native to Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana areas. [1]
Originally, all Kolis were Hindu. Later, during the Mauryan Empire some Kolis converted to Buddhism, during the Mughal Empire some converted to Islam, and some converted to Christianity under the British Raj. [2]
On demographics, the Encyclopædia Britannica states: "In the early 20st century the Kolis constituted about 20 percent of the population of Gujarat, nearly 10 percent of the population of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, and from 2 to 5 percent of the populations of Bengal and Orissa and Maharashtra." [3]
In 1931, the date of the last census of the British Raj before the abolition of caste, they were distributed throughout North India and Northwest India, mostly in the Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajputana.

Origin of the Community

According to legend, the Koli claim to be descendents from the Black Dwarf that came forth from the body of King Vena. Numbering more than 12 million they are one of the largest communities of western India. The Koli constitute of a number of communities with various occupations and cultural identities while still remaining Koli. As their name implies, fishing is a common occupation; other common occupations include: laborers, agriculturists, water carriers, boatman, and animal husbandry. There are also Koli people that have obtained advanced degrees and have placed themselves well within society and government.

[edit]Medieval period
There are very few records concerning Kolis prior to the 19th century. There are records of Jhalkari Bai, She was a daughter of a Koli farmers, Sadovar Singh and Jamuna Devi. She was born on November 22, 1830 in Bhojla village near Jhansi. She is one of the famous Women to fight against Britishers in Indian Rebellion of 1857. (Other one is Rani Laxmi Bai )
In the State of Maharashtra, Shivaji's Commander-in-Chief and several of his Generals belonged to this tribe. ‘A History of the Marathas’ note with pride the bravery of Shivaji's army consisting mainly of Mavalas and Kolis. His General, Tanaji Rao Malusare, who was always referred to by Shivaji as ‘My Lion’ was a koli. When Tanaji fell fighting for and winning the‘Kodana Fort’, Shivaji renamed the fort as ‘Sinhghadhh’ in his memory. [4]
In the 1857 uprising a number of Koli women fighters played an important role in trying to save the life of the ‘Rani of Jhansi’. Among them was a very close colleague of the queen named Jalkaribai. She was a village girl and hailed from a very poor family. It is said that she had an encounter with a tiger while she was collecting firewood in the jungle and she killed the tiger single handed with her axe. She had a striking resemblance to Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and because of this Rani took interest in her and inducted her into the women's wing of the army. During 1857-58 there were several British raids on Jhansi Fort and the Rani repulsed every one of the attacks. Later when the fall of fort became imminent Jalkari bai and some generates convinced Laxmibai to escape quietly with the help of supporters. In a ploy to deceive the British, Jalkari bai dressed herself up like the Rani and took command of the army. The British found out the truth, but it was too late. The Rani had covered a considerable distance by then. Jalkaribai fought the British forces valiantly but was eventually forced to surrender. The British general, impressed by her loyalty, courage and fighting prowess treated her with respect and set her free.
[edit]Modern period
Today, Koli people found almost in every State of India. In Gujarat, they enjoy high society privileges.[citation needed] Today, Kolis of Gujarat are very prosperous and come under General Category in only Indian State of Gujarat. They are leading in business, engineers, doctors, and especially teachers in Northern part of India including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.[citation needed]

Today, the largest population centre is located in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi areas. There are smaller distributions across the world, due to the large immigrant diaspora. In the immigrant diaspora major populations centres include the Nepal, Pakistan (During the Partition of British India), Bangladesh, Guyana(Black Indian Koli Hindus in Guyana) and UK.
[edit]Census under the British Raj
The census in 1931 in India recorded population on the basis of ethnicity. In 1925, the population of Kolis was around 3 millions in South Asia, of which 99% were Hindu, 0.5% Christian and 0.5% Muslim. [5]
According to earlier censuses, the Koli people accounted for approximately 25% of the entire Gujarati speaking area, making it the "Second largest single socially distinctive group" in the region.
The region-wise breakdown of the total koli people population in 1931 (including Koli Hindus, Koli Christians) is given in the following table. The Koli people, approximately 73%, were located mainly in the Western Part of India.
[edit]Modern estimates
Name of regionKoli population (2001)Approx
Gujarat7,287,00059 %
Uttar Pradesh2,345,00019 %
Madhya Pradesh662,0005.3 %
Himachal Pradesh494,0004.0 %
Rajasthan478,0003.8 %
Delhi214,0001.7 %
Haryana60,0000.5 %
Andhra Pradesh59,0000.5 %
Uttaranchal45,0000.4 %
Maharashtra38,0000.3 %
Total12,299,000100 %
Professor Sriram panthi states that by taking population statistical analysis into consideration the Koli population growth of both India and Pakistan and Bangladesh since 1925, Quanungo's figure of three million could be translated into a minimum population statistic (1988) of 10 million and 20 Million in 2011.

Republic of India
The Koli people are one of the most prosperous groups in State of Gujarat on a per-capita basis. (Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat are the wealthiest of Indian states).
Adult franchise has created enormous social and political awakening among Koli people. Consolidation of economic gains and participation in the electoral process are two visible outcomes of the post-independence situation. Through this participation they have been able to significantly influence the politics of North India. Economic differentiation, migration and mobility could be clearly noticed amongst the Koli people.
As the Rann of Kutch extends into parts of Pakistan, there are also Kutchi Kolis among the Pakistanis. The Hindu Koli tribes are located mostly in southeastern Pakistan. They are primarily concentrated in the fertile flood plain of the province of Sindh. There are several major subdivisions of Koli in that area, including the Parkari Koli, the Wadiyara Koli and the Tharadari Koli.
[edit]Culture and society

Historically, the Koli People are the adherents of Hinduism.
The Koli community has its own distinct identity, with a particular focus on folk dance. These dances typically incorporate nautical themes that commemorate the fishing and seafaring traditions of the community. [6] The dance is performed by both men and women divided into two groups, where fishers stand in two rows holding oars in their hands. The dancers move in unison, miming the rowing of a boat. Fisherwomen stand opposite the men with their arms linked, and advance towards the men. The separate formations then break up and dance together, with movements symbolizing the waves and the actions of rowing and casting fishing nets. [2]
Additionally, Kolis have a rich tradition of Folk Song, with songs such as Aga Pori Sambhaal Dariyala Tufaan Ayalay Bhari and Me Hai Koli being famous both within and beyond the Koli community.

Newspapers are like toilet paper use flush it down

Tel Malish Indian Mind Blowing Head Massage

Manuela and the Beggar Poet of Rustic Bandra

Magic Eye And Anarkali Unka Camera Meri Galli

The Goddess Enters the Body of Ganesh the Head Priest

From here starts the beginning of the possession series a common feature at the Marriamman feast , specially here at Mahim beach so please see them in serial order .. it is a mind blowing subject and soon after the priest Krishna hijra went into a frenzy when the goddess entered his body he began to talk in the voice of the goddess .. the head priest collapsed ..such was the power of possession.

Humility Lies at the Feet Of Man..

Fuck Shoes

Krishna Hijra And The Beggar Poet of Bandra

Krishna Hijra And The Beggar Poet of Bandra

The Hijras of India Shot by a Beggar Poet ..18000 Images And More

My hijra set is not for public view at all only on Flickr.com..

I have shot the iconic life struggle of the Indian transgender known as the hijras .. this set can only be seen by my closest friends I have known over the years .. and I am happy I have the finest lot of friends at Flickr.com and at Google +

Documenting Hinduism as a Message of Humanity

the rod piercers and the beggar poet

the head cutter and the rod piercers

The Beggar Poet On The Beach

The Beggar Poet On The Beach

Our Citys Heritage On Display as a Public Toilet .. No Charge For Shitting

The Public Toilet That Shits On Our History Mahim Fort

I Was Born Intelligent But Facebook Ruined Me

Jai Shivaji Jai Maharashtra ..

Goddess Marriamman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Māri (Tamil: மாரி),Tulu(mAri), also known as Mariamman (Tamil: மாரியம்மன் and Mariaai (Marathi: मरी आई), both meaning "Mother Mari", spelt also Maariamma (Tamil: மாரியம்மா), or simply Amman or Aatha (Tamil: அம்மன், "mother") is the South Indian Hindu goddess of disease and rain. She is the main South Indian mother goddess, predominant in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Māri is also closely associated with the Hindu goddesses Parvati and Durga as well as with her North Indian counterpart Shitala Devi.

Māri likely originated as a village goddess related to fertility and rain. The goddess would have been a local deity, connected to a specific location, close to a certain tree, a rock or a special spot, mostly in rural areas. According to some sources, Mariamman is the same as Renuka or Yellamma and even Sri Chowdeshwari Devi. Sri Thailuramma Devi, Huchamma Devi, Manchamma Devi, Chwodamma Devi or Chowdeshwari are few considered elder sisters of Mariamman.[clarification needed]
One story about the origin of Mariamman is she was the wife of Tirunalluvar, the Tamil poet, who was a pariah, outcaste. She caught smallpox and begged from house to house for food, fanning herself with leaves of the neem or margosa tree to keep the flies off her sores. She recovered and people worshipped her as the goddess of smallpox. To keep smallpox away they hang neem leaves above the doors of their houses.
Another story involves the beautiful virtuous Nagavali, wife of Piruhu, one of the Nine Rishis. One day the Rishi was away and the Trimurti (an image with three heads representing Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) came to see if her famed beauty and virtue was true. Nagavali did not know them and, resenting their intrusion, turned them into little children. The gods were offended and cursed her, so her beauty faded and her face became marked like smallpox. The Rishi returned, found her disfigured, and drove her away, declaring she would be born a demon in the next world and cause the spread of a disease which would make people like herself. She was called Mari, meaning 'changed.' Both stories are reported by Whitehead and he remarks that in Mysore he was told that Mari meant sakti, power.
Mariamman is an ancient goddess, whose worship probably originated in the tribal religion of Dravidian India before the arrival of the Aryans and the brahman religion. According to tradition, among the Dravidian mountain tribes as in Coorg in southern Karnataka, human sacrifices were offered to Mariamman. These were replaced with animals and as we have seen, in some villages no animal sacrifices are offered. Here we can see a historical gradation.
Local goddesses such as Mariamman who protect villages and their lands and represent the different castes of their worshippers have always been an important part of the religious landscape of South India. However, we can note periods of special significance. The eclecticism of the Vijayanagar period (1336–1565) encouraged folk religion, which became more important and influenced the more literate forms of religion. In the last century and a half there has been a rebirth of Tamil self-consciousness (see Devotion to Murukan). In the middle of the present century deities such as Mariamman have become linked to the "great tradition" as the strata of society which worship the goddess has become integrated into the larger social order.

Māri is usually pictured as a beautiful young woman with a red-hued face, wearing a red dress. Sometimes she is portrayed with many arms—representing her many powers—but in most representations she has only two or four.
Māri is generally portrayed in the sitting or standing position, often holding a trident (trisula) in one hand and a bowl (kapala) in the other. One of her hands may display a mudra, usually the abhaya mudra, to ward off fear. She may be represented with two demeanors—one displaying her pleasant nature, and the other her terrifying aspect, with fangs and a wild mane of hair.
[edit]Goddess of Disease

Mariamman was the goddess of smallpox before the disease was eradicated in India. Now she cures all so-called "heat-based" diseases like pox and rashes. During the summer months in South India (March to June), people walk miles carrying pots of water mixed with turmeric and neem leaves to ward off illnesses like the measles and chicken pox.[why?] In this way, goddess Māri is very similar to North Indian goddess Shitala Devi.

Devotees also pray to Mariamman for familial welfare such as fertility, healthy progeny or a good spouse. The most favoured offering is "pongal", a mix of rice and green gram, cooked mostly in the temple complex, or shrine itself, in terracotta pots using firewood.
Some festivals in honor of goddess Māri involve processions carrying lights. In the night, the devotees carry oil lamps in procession.[why?]

Main shrine to Mariamman in the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Most temples to Mariamman are simple village shrines, where non-Brahmins act as lay-priests using non-agamic rituals. In many rural shrines, the goddess is represented by a granite stone with a sharp tip, like a spear head. This stone is often adorned with garlands made of limes and with red flowers. These shrines often have an anthill that could be the resting place of a cobra. Milk and eggs are offered to propitiate the snake.
Some temples have also attained enough popularity that Brahmins officiate at them. For example, the Samayapuram temple near the shore of river Cauvery in the northern outskirts of Trichy, maintains a rich agamic tradition and all rituals are performed by Gurukkal of Brahmins.
Punainallur, near Thanjavur (Tanjore), is the location of another famous Māri temple. Legend says that Mariamman appeared to the King Venkoji Maharaja Chatrapati (1676–1688) of Tanjore in his dreams and told him she was in a forest of Punna trees three miles distant from Tanjore. The King rushed to the spot and recovered an idol from the jungle. Under the king's orders a temple was constructed, the idol installed and the place was called Punnainallur. Hence the deity of this temple is known as Punnainallur Mariamman. Mud replicas of different parts of the human body are placed in the temple as offerings by devotees pleading for cure. It is said that the daughter of Tulaja Raja (1729–35) of Tanjore, who lost her eyesight due to illness, regained it after worshiping at this temple.
Erode Mariamman temple festival is grand one in Tamilnadu. Three mariamman goddess named small, mid and big mariamman in three corners of city combines to a festival at every April month of season. It has ther thiruvilla and all devotions to God which ends in Cauvery river to stack away the kambam(Mariamman's husband) into the flowing river water.
Other important temples of Mariamman in Tamil Nadu are in the towns of Veerapandi, Theni, Anbil (near Trichy), Narthamalai, Thiruverkadu, Salem, Virudhunagar and Sivakasi, Vellore. In Chennai (Madras), a famous Mariamman temple is the Putthu Mariamman—the Putthu (ant hill) is across the road from the temple and is located on the Velachery Main Road.
Another famous Mariamman temple is situated in the state of Karnataka, in the town of Kaup, seven kilometers from the famous temple town of Udipi.
Marubai temple matunga
Mariamman Koil, Pilakool
Mariamman Temple, Ho Chi Minh City
Mariamman Temple, Bangkok
Mariamman temple no 4 veerapandi
Mariamman Temple, Pretoria
Punnainallur Mariamman
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Sri Mariamman Temple, Penang
Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore
Mariamman Temple, Pretoria
Sri Mahamariamman Tempel, Sulzbach, Altenwald (Germany)
Sri Mariamman temple, Brazil
The New York Mari-Amman Koil (Tamilian descendants from Guyana)
[edit]Hindu Tradition and Worship

In Hindu tradition, Mariamman is the sister of Lord Vishnu (Sriranganathar) and called Mahamaya[citation needed].
The Samayapuram Mariamman is also worshipped on the first day of the Tamil month of Vaikasi by the Iyengar/Srivaishnava Brahmins of Srirangam. They claim that she is the sister of Lord Renganath (a form of Vishnu) of Srirangam. This is the second most prominent temple in Tamil Nadu, following Palani, on the basis of income.[citation needed]
Another version of the traditions suggests she is the mother of Parasurama, Renukadevi who is appeased for rains. She is also known as Sri Chowdeshwari Devi in most of the parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. In Mysore region she is worshipped as both Chowdeshwari Devi and as well as Mariamman. There are many instances where Mariamman has appeared to people in form an old woman wearing red sari with green bangles and three mangalsutras.[clarification needed] She is also regarded as the Gramdevata[clarification needed] of certain villages, thus reducing the incidence of contagious disease in these villages. Another version depicts her as Pattalamma, goddesses of truthfullness and punctuality. She is said to punish any villager failing to practice these virtues.[citation needed]
In reference to Sanskrit stotras, it is also suggested mariamman is not sister of Lord Visnu rather femenine aspect of Lord. The Lord incarnates in this form during Kali yuga, when knowledge is almost void or ignorance at peak. Even few refer or map to other female goddess like Renuka devi,none of them have been proved or validated. The Mariamman represents core aspects of Lord in form of curative aspect to signify direction and awakening of knowledge.She is also referred as MahaLakshmi, Mahasaraswati and MahaKali. Varamahalakshi is dedicated to Mariamman.It also represents finite aspect of infinte qualities.
[edit]Outside India

There are many Mariamman Temples outside of India, in Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Fiji, Guyana, Vietnam, Germany[1] and South Africa, the product of efforts of the Tamil diaspora. Some notable temples include the Sri Mariamman temple in Singapore, a Mariamman temple in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as one in Medan,Sri Mariamman Tempmle Karachi Pakistan, Indonesia.[citation needed]

Goddess Marriamman Decorated By Krishna Hijra

Krishna hijra painted the face of the Goddess , later her dressed her up with the kanjeevaram sarees , and he stopped me from shooting the goddess when her eyes were not painted , this replica belongs to him ..

The Goddess in all her finery was bought to the beach for the arti and the puja..