Sunday, May 19, 2013
I Take Blessings Of My Dam Madar Peer Syed Masoom Ali Baba Madari Asqan, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
The Dam Madar Malangs have their abode at Char Yar Mosque that is also a cemetery of other saints , holy men that served Khwajah Garib Nawaz.
It is here where I renew my pledge to my Peer Syed Masoom Ali Baba Madari Asqan..
He sits along with senior Baba Syed Rafiq Ali Madari Masoomi Asqan a learned scholar and gifted orator alim and pride of the Dam Madar Malangs of the Asqan Malang Order of Makhanpur related to Holy Saint Hazrat Zinda Madar Shah .
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the cosmic wheel of life weeps
man mans greatest enemy
godliness a commodity cheap
the unborn child your ill begotten gains
does not want to reap ..
from his mothers womb shudders
peeps into the covers creeps
no he does not want your world
as blood from the umbilical cord seeps
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of their existence
they have nothing
only misery remorse
despondency to share
to wear ..caught
in an eternal snare
prayer .. lice infested
of ajmers spiritual fair
begging for alms
at the market square
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ajmer (Rajasthani: अजमेर, Urdu: اجمير), (pronounced [ədʒmeːr] ( listen)) is the 5th largest city in Rajasthan and is the centre of the eponymous Ajmer District. Ajmer has a population of around 551,360 in its urban agglomeration and 542,580 for the city (2011 census), and is located 135 kilometres (84 mi) west of Jaipur, the state capital, 274 km from Udaipur, 439 km from Jaisalmer, and 391 km from Delhi.
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. It is a pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the temple of Brahma.
Jahangir receives Prince Khurram at Ajmer on his return from the Mewar campaign
According to Rajputana Gazetteer, Ajmer was held by Chechi Gurjars until about 700 years ago. Ajmer (Sanskrit Ajayameru) was founded in the late 7th century A.D. by Ajayraj singh Chauhan. Chauhan clan is a branch of Chechi Gurjars. The Chauhan dynasty ruled Ajmer in spite of repeated invasions by Turkic Muslim armies from Central Asia across the north of India. Ajmer was conquered by Muhammad of Ghor, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, in 1193. However, the Chauhan rulers were allowed autonomy upon the payment of a heavy tribute to the conquerors. Ajmer remained subject to Delhi until 1365 when it was captured by the ruler of Mewar. In 1509, control of Ajmer was disputed between the Maharajas of Mewar and Marwar unitil it was conquered by the Marwar in 1532. In 1553, the state was captured by the Hindu Emperor Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, popularly known as Hemu, who was killed in 1556 in the Second Battle of Panipat. The city was conquered by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1559. In the 18th century, control passed to the Marathas.
In 1818 the British forced the Marathas to cede the city for 50,000 rupees whereupon it became part of the province of Ajmer-Merwara, which consisted of the districts of Ajmer and Merwara and were physically separated by the territory of the Rajputana Agency. Ajmer-Merwara was directly administered by the British Raj, by a commissioner who was subordinate to the Governor-General's agent for Rajputana. Ajmer-Merwara remained a province of India until 1950, when it became the Ajmer State.
Ajmer state became part of Rajasthan state on 1 November 1956.
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. The city is sied on the lower slopes of the Taragarh Hill in the Aravalli Range. It is situated almost in the centre of Rajasthan. To the north of the city is a large artificial lake, called Anasagar with a marble structure known as Baradari. Ajmer is protected from the Thar desert by the massive rocks of Nagpathar range.
[hide]Climate data for Ajmer
Average high °C (°F)23.9
Average low °C (°F)1.2
Rainfall mm (inches)7.0
Avg. rainy days0.70.80.30.18.104.22.168.74.31.00.30.230.7
Ajmer has a hot semi-arid climate with over 55 centimetres (25.4 in) of rain every year but most of the rain occurs in the Monsoon months, between June and September. Temperatures remain relatively high throughout the year, with the summer months of April to early July having an average daily temperature of about 30°C (86°F). During the monsoon there are frequent heavy rains and thunderstorms but flooding is not a common occurrence. The winter months of November to February are mild and temperate with average temperatures ranging from 15–18°C (59–64°F) with little or no humidity. There are, however, occasional cold weather front that cause temperatures to fall to near freezing levels.
Ajmer is well connected to the major cities of India by land and rail.
An airport near Ajmer(KISHANGARH) has been proposed by the Government of Rajasthan. At present the nearest airport is the Jaipur International Airport, about 132 km away, with daily flights to the major cities in India.
The Pushkar Ghati connecting Ajmer and Pushkar
Ajmer is at an important railway junction with Broad gauge lines to Jaipur Marwar, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and then onwards to Bangalore. It is well connected with Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Howrah, Bhopal, Mumbai, Jammu, Indore and all other major cities.There is a major technical and repair railway workshop in the city. Ajmer Railway Station has been earmarked for investment under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.
The city lies on the Golden Quadrilateral National Highway (NH) 8, midway between Delhi and Mumbai and is located about 400 km from Delhi and 135 km from Jaipur. The Ajmer - Jaipur expressway is a 6 lane highway. There are air conditioned bus services from Delhi, Jaipur and other important cities to Ajmer.
Inter-city transport 
Buses are available for travel within the city and to nearby towns such as Pushkar and Kishangarh. Taxis and rickshaws also run throughout the city.
A marble factory in Kishangarh
Ajmer is a manufacturing trade centre. Notable products include cotton, woolen textiles, leather, hosiery, shoes, soap, and pharmaceuticals. Poultry is a major source of income for farmers. Ajmer also has engineering workshops, re-rolling mills, electronic component plants etc. The nearby town of Kishangarh is one of the largest centres for marble products, employing about 7,000 people
Pushkar is about 11 kilometres from Ajmer and is an important tourist destination. It is famous for Pushkar Lake and the 14th century Brahma Temple at Pushkar, dedicated to Brahmā, according to the Padma Purāņa, Pushkar is the only place where Brahmā may be worshipped. There is a general belief amongst Hindus that no pilgrimage to the four principal pilgrim centres (Char Dham) namely, Badrināth, Jagannāth, Rāmeshwaram and Dwarka, would be complete without a blessing that comes from bathing in the holy Pushkar Lake. Pushkar has 52 bathing ghats and many temples. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Fair.
The Dargāh Sharīf of Khwāja Mu'īnuddīn Chishtī is situated at the foot of the Tārāgaṛh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizām of Hyderabad and the Akbari Mosque, built by the Mughal emperor Shāh Jahān. It contains the domed tomb of the saint. Akbar and his queen used to come here by foot on pilgrimage from Agra every year in observance of a vow when he prayed for a son. The large pillars called "Kose ('Mile') Minar", erected at intervals of two miles (3 km) along the entire way between Agra and Ajmer mark the places where the royal pilgrims halted every day. It has been estimated that around 125,000 pilgrims visit the site every day.
Tārāgaṛh Fort, the fort guarding Ajmer, was the seat of the Chauhān rulers. It is reputed to be one of the oldest hill forts in India and the world. It was built by King Ajāypāl Chauhān on the summit of Tārāgaṛh Hill and overlooks Ajmer. The battlements run along the top of the hill. The walls are two miles (3 km) in circumference and the fort can only be approached by way of a very steep slope. When it fell to the British Raj, the fort was dismantled on the orders of Lord William Bentinck and was converted into a sanatorium for the British troops stationed at the garrison town of Nasirabad.
Adhāī Din Kā Jhonpdā, a Vaishnava Hindu temple built in 1153 and converted into a mosque by Quṭbuddīn Aybak in 1193, is situated on the lower slope of Tārāgarh hill. Aikbak's successor, Shams al-Din Iltutmish added to the mosque. It is noted for its double-depth calligraphy inscriptions, in the Naskh and Kufic scripts. Apart from the mosque, called Jāma' Iltutmish (pronounced Altamish locally), nearly the whole of the ancient temple has fallen into ruins, but the relics are still unsurpassed as examples of Hindu architecture and sculpture. Forty columns support the roof, but no two are alike and the ornaments are exceptional in their decorations.
Magazine, the city's Museum, was once the residence of Prince Salīm, the son of the Emperor Akbar, and presently houses a collection of Mughal and Rajput armour and sculpture. This is the location from where Salīm, as the Emperor Jahāngīr read out the firman permitting the British East India Company to trade with India.
Lake Foysagar at sunset
Maqbara Shaikh Husain, houses the tomb of Khwaja Husain Chishty Rehamatullah Alaih (Shaikh Husain Ajmeri) who was the Peer of Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Emperor Akbar's Time, He was the great grandson of Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty Rehmatullah Alaih, his tomb was built in 1637-1638 by Khwaja Alauddin Chishty and Sajjadanashin Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin
Mayo College was founded in 1875 by Lord Mayo, Viceroy of India. The architecture of the school buildings is in the same style as royal Rajasthani architecture. The school's main building, in white marble, is a classic example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
Anāsāgar Lake, this historic man-made lake was built by Maharaja Anaji (1135-1150 AD). By the lake is the Daulat Bāgh, a garden laid out by Emperor Jahāngīr. Emperor Shāh Jahān later added five pavilions, known as the Baradari, between the garden and the lake.
Soniji Ki Nasiyan is an architecturally rich Digambara Jain temple. It was built in the late nineteenth century. The main chamber, known as the Swarna Nagari "City of Gold", has several gold-plated wooden figures, depicting several figures in the Jain religion.
Lake Foy Sagar is situated in the outskirts of the city, it is a picturesque artificial lake that was created as a famine relief project in 1892. It offers panoramic views of the neighbouring Aravalli mountains as well as of the evening flights of nearby birds.
Nareli Jain Temple is a relatively new Jain temple. It is located on the outskirts of Ajmer.
Ajmer, a view from Taragarh Fort
Sophia School and College
Mayo College was founded by the British Raj in 1875 to educate the children of India's royalty. Ajmer is also home to the famous Sophia Girls' School (1918/1935) & College (1942), and the historic Ajmer Music College (1942), the first accredited institution in Rajputana for teaching Hindustani classical music.
The Board of Secondary Education for Rajasthan is in Ajmer.
According to the 2011 India census, Ajmer district has a population of 2,584,913, which was made up of 1,325,911 males and 1,259,002 females. Ajmer district had an average literacy rate of 70.46 percent, male literacy being 83.93% and female literacy 56.42%. There was a total of 1,557,264 literates compared to 1,168,856 in the 2001 census. The population density in Ajmer district was 305 compared to 257 per km2 in 2001. The female to male ratio in Ajmer was 950/1000. This represents an increase of 2.04% from the 2001 census. Ajmer's population growth in the decade was 18.48%, this compares to a growth figure of 20.93% for the previous decade. The population of Ajmer city according census 2011 is 5,42,580 positioning Ajmer in top 100 major cities of India and 5th in Rajasthan.
The Pilgrims Outside Ajmer Station...At The Mercy Of Indian Railways, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
And this is the same situation from one year to the next..waiting in the mornings , nights or in the hot blazing sun without a shade over their head .. and it will remain this way .. till one day Khwajah Garib Nawaz puts mercy in the souls of the Indian Railways and the apathetic Rajasthan State government .
I shoot these pictures every year to show you the Pilgrims Progress with no other agenda but hope that traveling to Ajmer Sharif will be subsidized for the poorest of the poor , for him Ajmer Sharif is Mecca Medina .and he would walk all the way to Mecca Medina if this world was a world without borders fences or boundaries.
Sadly there are hardly free dharamshalas or resting homes for the very poor lover of Garib Nawaz.
This documentary of my trip, my spiritual travelogue as a Dam Madar Malang is dedicated to the poorest of the poor ..I shot the beggars , the hopeless ,
The hijras transgender , pictures that I shot and not for public view , will never be seen by any of you.. I shoot the transgender for myself.. simply because my pictures have been blatantly stolen misused by Flickr members and all over cyberspace.
I shot the Chatti function of my host Peersaab Fakhru Miya Hujra No 6 .I am lucky to stay at his house and be treated like one of his family.
One of my greatest desire was to find the limbless boy, a young boy without hands I had shot him two years back, I could not find him last year , this time I met him, and prayed for his welfare,..
The beggars at Ajmer .. yes Ajmer is surely the Beggars Paradise .. his cup of gratification , both moneywise and spiritually..
I shot a thief caught by the public and the cops .. they come here to steal.. some get away some get caught by the cops or on camera.
I spent most of my spare time at Char Yar among the Dam Madar Malangs or with my hijra friends well wishers at Moti Katla.
And I felt alone as my Malang brother Marc De Clercq , was not there .. I missed his presence and so did the other Malangs too.
And so these are images .. some need text some become text...and this too is a long series...my train travel both ways was a nightmare .. but I shot the nightmare on the Ajmer Bandra Terminus Urus Special, these specials have no facilities , and are just for transport cattle , that is how Indian Railways treats pilgrims of Khwajah Garib Nawaz.... and you cant get tickets for the better trains..
I Leave Mumbai For Ajmer By Garib Rath Express 15 May 2013, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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One of the most badly managed trains the attendant charges the passengers Rs 25 for use of blanket and bedssheet , first come come served basis ,,, we are 4 in coach G16 .. we gt no blankets just single bedsheets ,the Keralite TT is in collusion with the attendant..I ask for the complaint book , but I am not given one...
This picture was shot when I reached Ajmer 6 am on 16 May 2013.
Indian Railways Needs To Be Privatized ...Corruption Apathy will End for Sure, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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I Arrive From Ajmer Sharif .. At Bandra Terminus tonight .
Shah ast Hussain, Badshah ast Hussain
Deen ast Hussain, Deen Panah ast Hussain
Sardad na dad dast, dar dast-e-yazeed,
Haqaa key binaey La ila ast Hussain
Dam Madar Beda Par .. Ali Haq Haq Ali.. Alahoo
19 May 2013
Just arrived to Mumbai from Ajmer by the shiitiest , fucked up train Ajmer Bandra Terminus Urus Special.. people had to protest at Baroda as the fans were not working from Ajmer and the Guard was doing nothing things were sorted out at Baroda and the reserved S1 S2 and the AC coaches were at the end of the train,, with no pantry car people had to walk a distance to get water or ..
Indian Railways Needs To Be Privatized ...Corruption Apathy will End for Sure
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Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar Lafata Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar , originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1 ....
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banake Yeh Haseen Tajmahal Ham Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Udaya Hai Mazak.. , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Fli...