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Oh Dad Must I Do This Too - The End of The Feast

Oh Dad Must I Do This Too - The End of The Feast, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. And so I end the long series not too long as I moved away half way I did not follow them to the Macchimar Colony Marriamman Temple where the hooks rods are removed I was far too tired and was drained out, I had eaten nothing just come chick pea biscuits and a cup of tea..

Extreme Possession

Marriamman Feast Procession From The Mahim Beach to the Temple

The Beggar Poet Shares The Beauty of Pain Hope And Hinduism

The Beggar Poet Shares The Beauty of Pain Hope And Hinduism, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. My feet were in very bad shape as the path from the beach towards the Mahim main road is jagged cobblestones , so I took a a detour and came out from the beach end , and it is a unlit path , stepping on a piece of glass or cigarette butt means disaster fir my diabetic feet .

But I have faith in God and my barefeet have eyes they take care of me ..and I had to be careful as mentioned earlier I leave for Ajmer to shoot the Urus and I am a Dam Madar Malang I have to refuel my pledge .

Strangely I did not meet hijras at this event as I always meet them here it was here I had met Anamika hijra ..

The hijras too believe in Goddess Marriamman the Goddess of Fertility and Good Health.

As I became a Malang I will only be wearing blackin Ajmer .. here too I wore black I normally wore saffro in keeping with the spirit of Hinduism.. as message of peace and Humanity.

And I wont be connected …

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back and rod in the mouth

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back

Pulling the car with 4 sets of hooks in the back, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. I find it very tough to shoot this I have to run backwards as he approaches me pulling the car but this time I tried all the tricks in the book to get it right , mostly I avoid this segment as I rush forward to shoot the more exciting removal of the rods at the temple.

But I have shot this ritual extensively over the years and so this year I just drifted away, left midway for home, I have to keep my energy intact as I am going to Ajmer Sharif to be with my Malang brothers .

I leave in a day or two, my Peer brother Marc De Clercq is already there waiting for me , my host Peersaab Fakhru Miya Hujra no6 called me ..and he is the only person who loves me like his family , I stay in his house and he takes care of all my needs.

He along with his sons Farid Miya and Qambar Miya .. I have another good friend Saboor Bhai and the Sufi man of peace Syed Salman Chishti.. who only calls me Photographe…

possession

possession, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

Dancing on the Streets of Mahim

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53,891Views on My Flickr Photos Today, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. These are clusters of lime hanging from the flesh..

The Marriamman Cheek Possession at Mahim Macchimar Colony

The Marriamman Cheek Possession at Mahim Macchimar Colony, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

Here at Mahim Macchimar Colony predominantly a Koli commune of indigenous fishermen folks , the Goddess holds a very high position and is as famous as the others in the pantheon of Hindu deities.

There are are a very few Hindu Tamils but the followers of Goddess Marriamman come from diverse communities..

Shilpa is a Koli this is her second year of cheek piercing I shot her last year and again this year she was more peppy over confident and her husband was there from the start to the end to give her support , he felt her pain and I shot this too when the rod was pushed forcibly into her cheeks it was as though Nilesh's soul was being pierced too.


This is the genre of my photographer the dark side of humanity with positive results..at Sion Koliwada last year I shot Santosh hijra having his cheek pierced and this feast is a collection at my Flickr photostream.

I want to pierce my…

The Goddess Enters The Body of Shilpa Koli .. Extreme Possession

The Goddess Enters The Body of Shilpa Koli .. Extreme Possession

The Goddess Enters The Body of Shilpa Koli .. Extreme Possession

Inserting 4 sets of hooks to pull cars

Inserting Hooks in The Back To Pull Cars

Inserting Hooks in The Back To Pull Cars

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