The Marriammen feast starts with a walk on fire the night before than the following morning sacrifice of goats poultry to Goddess Marriamen and by 7 pm because of the heat the piercings insertions of hooks in the back begin at Worli Sea Face ..
I was lucky shooting this event with my good friend Bipin Kokate of Midday ..one of the few humble photo journalists of Mumbai he shoots with his camera instead of his mouth.. luckily we bloggers use the cosmic camera of hope and humanity ..
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I arrived at Worli Seaface at 5 pm, it was absolutely hot and humid , I waited for them to come , instead they sent a guy and I arrived at Madras Wadi shot the Marriammen Temple , and their poster had my pictures to gracing their feast ..
I shot the slums the Worli gutter and than again came back with them to Worli Seaface at 7 pm.. the cheek piercings with rods .and the inserting of the hooks in the back of the devotees .
This time there were several cranes with devotees hanging from hooks, guys pulling tempos cars , bikes coconut carts with hooks in their backs.
But the highlight of this feast was Shanmukhnanda Sundar and two other devotees with hooks in the back pulling a tourist bus.
I shot all this till 11 pm , than walked back to the temple to shoot the removal of the rods and the…