Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mount Mary Feast Bandra

"If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit — this prayer has never failed me."
--Blessed Mother Teresa

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount,

from wikipedia

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Bandra, Mumbai. The church is one of the most visited churches in the city[citation needed]. Every September, the feast of St. Mary is celebrated on the first Sunday after 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary. This is a week long celebration known as the Bandra Fair and is visited by thousands of people.[1]

The church stands on a hillock, about 80 metres above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea. It draws lakhs of devotees and pilgrims annually. Many of the faithful attest to the miraculous powers of St. Mary. The shrine attracts people from all faiths who pray to Virgin Mary for expressing their gratitude or requesting favours.

During the Bandra Fair, the entire area is decorated with festoons and buntings. Many pitch up stalls selling religious articles, roasted grams, snacks and sweets. Wax figures of the Virgin Mary, along with an assortment of candles shaped like hands, feet and various other parts of the body are sold at kiosks. The sick and the suffering choose a candle or wax figure that corresponds to their ailment and light it in Church, with the pious hope that Mother Mary will consider their appeals for help.

Although the current church edifice is just 100 years old, the history behind the current statue of Our Lady goes back to the 16th century when Jesuit priests from Portugal brought the statue to the current location and constructed a chapel. In 1700 Arab pirates interested in the gilt-lined object held in the hand disfigured the statue by cutting off the right hand.

In 1760, the church was rebuilt and the statue was substituted with a statue of Our Lady of Navigators in St. Andrew's church nearby. This statue has an interesting legend. It goes that a Koli fisherman dreamt that he would find a statue in the sea. The statue was found floating in the sea between 1700 and 1760. A Jesuit Annual Letter dated to 1669 and published in the book St. Andrew's Church, Bandra (1616–1966) supports this claim. The Koli Fishermen call the statue as Mot Mauli, literally meaning The Pearl Mother (Mot= Moti= pearl and Mauli= Mother). Both Hindu[citation needed] and Christian Kolis visit this shrine often giving it a kind of syncretic nature.

Our Drivers Have A License To Kill

our peoples
driving skill
we kill at will
running over
sleeping slum
dwellers beggars
over spill
running over
little kids
senior citizens
chilling thrill
who issued
the driving
the system
corrupt ill
until another
some more
killed ..

Ramzan Is Hope For Muslim Beggars

the lord god of hope
personally touches
his flocks gives
them victuals
round the clock
charity serves
as steadfast rock
holistically healing
the hungry the thirsty
after the fast ..he takes
stock ..seamless
spirituality no roadblocks
to the old shriveled plant
he adds a new stalk..

Ramzan Is Hope For Muslim Beggars

the lord god of hope
personally touches
his flocks gives
them victuals
round the clock
charity serves
as steadfast rock
holistically healing
the hungry the thirsty
after the fast ..he takes
stock ..seamless
spirituality no roadblocks
to the old shriveled plant
he adds a new stalk..

Bandra Reclamation

known as lal mitti
slums slums slums
a vote bank formation
political survival
as gratification
depth of despair
for those who live
a justification
dirty filthy roads
no purification
adding fire to fuel
no identification
more slums will
come up  as
next year 2014
general elections
justifiable slumdogs
proliferation ,,,,

The Loban Guys Of Bandra

Moharam Keeps Me Alive

i am an adherent
to pain call me
what you want
taunt me
mock me
ridicule me
i am a
of humanity
a revered
in bold cuts
of the dagger
a single thought
remains ..i live
i breathe . i die
ya hussain
ya hussain
on a bleeding
rest everything

Ramzan Is Just Round The Corner ..

The Peaceful Kolis Of Bandra Bazar Fish Market

like canaries
in a cage
these are
of every age
cackling away
in their work
like actors
on stage
the customer
has to buy fish
or they get
once again
koli women
their wage
of teenage

What is Needed Here is a Healing Touch Of Man Towards Nature

What is Needed Here is a Healing Touch Of Man Towards  Nature by firoze shakir photographerno1

gods gift 
of nature 
to us 
she destroys 
us ..

size of a 
magnum opus 
simply because 
we lost our mind 

we lost our focus  

My Bandra Is Dying

once the indisputable
queen of the suburbs
now a wretched lady
of disrepute an old hag
my bandra is crying
banging her head
against the wall
her wails unheard
her pain immeasurable
to our ministers corporators
municipal bourgeoisie
my bandra is dying

poetically what i see
i am not lying or implying
a wake up call to
those in power high flying
elections round the corner
your time ends now
a thought replying
slowly unseeingly
my bandra is dying

Bandra Where Humanity And Peace Live Side By Side

The East Indians Were Given A Raw Deal

of their
of their
for a ride
now  few
old bunglows
their pain
wont hide
when hope
died ..
those who
to live
in their
and them
a gaping divide
one minister
came got
his votes another
minister lied
the neta builder
matrix was after
their property
after their hide
the church watched
from a afar silent
hands tied

render to ceasar
what belongs to ceasar
and to god what belongs
to christ.. lead kindly light
pushed away to malad
orlem uttan virar nallasopara '
they lost the will they lost
the fight...poetic plight
for them their bandra
gone out of sight ...
they gave away their
rights bought for peanuts
crushed by might

I Am In Bandra - Bandra Is In Me

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bandra is a suburb or neighborhood located in west-central Mumbai, India. It has earned the sobriquet "Queen Of The Suburbs".[citation needed] The Bandra railway station is located on the Western line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. Bandra is a highly coveted location for restaurants, pubs, bars, and high-street stores.
The suburb is also famous for its coastline, with promenades along Carter Road, Bandstand and Reclamation. Many Bollywood actors live along the Bandstand Promenade, Carter Road and in the Pali Hill areas. The population and culture of Bandra is quite cosmopolitan in nature. It consists of a fair amount of Hindus, Christians (Catholics and others), Parsis (Zoroastrians), and Muslims.
Bandra is home to numerous churches, including Mount Mary's Basilica. The Parsi fire-temple, Tata Agiary is located on Hill Road. Other famous religious places include the Jama Masjid (mosque) located near Bandra West railway station and the temple of Goddess Jari-Mari, located on S.V Road. A municipal lake, Swami Vivekanand Talao, is located in Bandra. It was closed to the general public in the mid 1990s.

The name 'Bandra' is possibly an adaptation of the Persian (and also Urdu) word bandar, which Duncan Forbes' A Dictionary, Hindustani and English (1848) defines as 'a city; an emporium; a port, harbour; a trading town to which numbers of foreign merchants resort'.[1] In Marathi, Bandra is known as Vandre, which also means 'port' and is possibly derived from the same Urdu/Persian word.
It is referred to as "Bandora" on gravestones in the cemetery of St. Andrew's Church and in the writings of Mountstuart Elphinstone of the British East India Company which describe endeavours to acquire the island of Salsette.[citation needed]. It was Bandor as the Portuguese called it in 1505, then called Bandera, Bandura, Bandore, Pandara, Bandorah, Bandara and finally Bandra.
The area was under the rule of the Silhara dynasty in the 12th century.
[edit]Portuguese Rule
Bandra became tributary to the Portuguese in 1532. Gerson Da Cunha in his "The Origin of Bombay" (1900), gave us an abridgement of an account from 'Lendas da India'. In this account there is a description of how Diogo da Silveira brought Thane, Bandra, Mahim and Bombay under tribute. In 1534, King Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, ceded Vasai, Salsette and the adjacent areas to the Portuguese. Bandra thus became a Portuguese possession.
In 1548, Bandra, Kurla, Mazagaon and four other villages were given by the Governor of Portuguese India to a certain Antonio Pessoa as a reward for his military services. This was confirmed by the Royal Chancellery on the 2nd February, 1550. As these villages were given for a period of 'two lives', they reverted to the Viceroy after the death of Isabella Botelha, the widow of Antonio Pessoa. The Jesuits who had applied for these villages in anticipation of the death of Isabella Botelha obtained them from the Viceroy in 1568 and the Royal confirmation was received in 1570.
The Portuguese gave the sole ownership of Bandra, Parel, Wadala and Sion to the Jesuit priests. In 1570, the Jesuits built a college and a church in Bandra by the name St Anne's (Santa Anna) College and Church. In the mid-18th century, the traveller John Fryer recorded that the Jesuit church, which stood near the sea shore, was still in use[citation needed].
In 1661 when King Charles married Catherina of Portugal, Bombay was given to England as part of the dowry. But Salsette, which included Bandra, was not part of this treaty and remained with the Portuguese.
The Jesuits were the owners of Bandra till 1739. In this year, with the threat of a Maratha invasion, they appealed to the British for help, and were advised to destroy all fortifications around the chapel and the fortress Aguada. However, all of Salsette fell to the Marathas who ruled over the region (including Bandra) for 2 decades.
[edit]British Rule
After the battle of Panipat in 1761, Maratha power declined and the British took over. Salsette including Bandra came under British rule. The Portuguese were left with just Goa, Daman and Diu. Bandra was under the British from 1st January, 1775 till 14th August, 1947.
The English found in this newly acquired territory of Salsette thousands of Indian families who were converted to Christianity.. It was from these families the English drew their supplies of clerks, assistants and secretaries. At that time there was hardly a Hindu, Parsi or Muslim who could read Roman characters.
There was also a large influx of Christians from Goa, Karnataka and Kerala and this prompted local converts to take the name of 'East Indians' and form the East Indian Association on 26th May 1887 to distinguish the 'sons of the soil' who were the first employees of the East India Company, from Indian Christians who came from further down the West coast and shared the same names and religion, and vied for the same jobs. Bandra at one time was peopled mainly by East Indians (original residents of Bombay Salsette, Bassein, and Thana), a few Goans and Manglorian immigrants, Parsis, Muslims, Europeans and Hindu Kolis. Christians in Bandra are mostly of the Koli, Bhandari and Kunbi castes. In 1733, Kunbi farmers migrated to this island from Colaba because the fish manure they used was banned.
Bandra remained a village with plantations of rice and vegetables in the low-lying areas of the island until it was connected to Mahim by a causeway in 1845. Many bungalows were built in the decades of the 1860s and 70s. The Pali Hill area, near the much older Pali Village and now inhabited mostly by members of the film community, saw the first constructions only in the 1880s.
On 12th Apr 1867 the first railway service was inaugurated with one train per day between Virar and Bombay. Six yrs later it was increased to 24 each day and now there are 940 trains that stop at Bandra every day. Till as late as the 30s Bandra had only one bus service from Pali Naka, Hill road to the Rly station. Other people just walked to the nearest Rly station. After World War II the building boom started to accommodate immigrants.
[edit]Bandra in colonial era
There was an 18 hole golf course in Bandra called Danda Green with an English style Club House on the top of the hill, surrounded by trees. Membership was only for the British who lived in Pali Hill. Each cottage had a stable for horses.
Bandra consisted of the villages Sherly, Malla, Rajan, Kantwady, Waroda, Ranwar, Boran,Pali and Chuim. Ranwar also had a tennis court and the famous Ranwar Club famous for its Christmas and New Year eve dances.
In the Bandra of the forties and earlier, large cottages with large gardens were available for rent at Rs 30 a month. Marriages were celebrated for 8 days from Thursday to Thursday for a Sunday wedding and the whole village was invited. Thursday was pig slaughter day and Friday was to make pappads for drinks, Saturday to make fugias and bring water from the village well to bathe the bride or groom. Sunday was the wedding ceremony and long reception. Monday was day of rest and to finish remaining food and on Tuesday the feet of guests were washed in exchange for cash. Then farewell dinner on Wed and guests left on Thursday by which time honeymoon was over.
[edit]History of localities in Bandra
Godbunder Rd, which originally ran from Mahim causeway, then skirted Bazaar Rd, went past the Bandra talab (lake) and continued to Godbunder. The Road was later made straight by cutting through the talab. Bazaar Rd began at Godbunder Rd opposite the mosque and ran through the market keeping close to the coast which is now the reclamation. Bazaar Rd is only 2 km long but houses a Jain temple, Ram Mandir, Hanuman temple, Khoja mosque, Christian chapel and a Sikh gurduwara.
Bandra had 2 hills, Mount Mary hill and Pali hill. Hill Rd starting from the station went through middle of Bandra town, past St Andrews to terminate at the foot of the Mount near Mehboob studio. Pali Rd began at St Peters and cut through Pali village till it reached Danda; BJ Rd runs from St Andrews to Lands End, was built by Byramjee Jeejebhoy and opened to public in 1878.
Main roads in Bandra, Perry, Carter, Bullock, Kane, and Bates were named after British collectors and magistrates. Mr Carter was collector in 1924 and Mr Bullock was the Chief Magistrate.
The Portuguese built several churches in Bandra, one of the earliest being St. Andrew's Church in 1575. Six churches with separate parishes lie within an area of four square kilometers. These churches are: Mount Carmel, St. Peter's Church, St. Andrew's Church, St. Theresa's Church, St. Anne's and St. Francis D'Assisi Church. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is affiliated to the parish of St. Andrew's Church, Bandra.[citation needed]
There are over 150 crosses at various places. Many crosses were built to ward off the plague epidemic (1896-1906). The oldest is the one relocated in St Andrew's church compound. Stands 17ft high and made of a single stone. It was originally in the Jesuit seminary of St Anne built in 1610. The bldg was destroyed in 1739 and the cross was relocated to St Andrews church. The surface is carved all over with 39 emblems of the passion of Christ. The walls enclosing the compound of St Andrew's church were built by a Parsi, Manockjee Sorabjee Ashburner in 1862. This is recorded on a slab on the main gate of the enclosure.
Salsette was originally separated by a tidal creek which Portuguese called Bandora creek. English changed it to Mahim creek. Crossing the Mahim creek was by ferry to the industrial town of Bombay. After many boats capsized, a road was built by Lady Jamsetji in 1843 at a cost of Rs.1, 55,800. It was designed by Lt. Crawford and opened to public in 1845.
The Tata Agiary on Hill Rd was built by Tata in memory of his wife in 1884.

Statue of Mother Mary at Mount Mary Church, Bandra.
The chapel of Mount Mary, was built around 1640. Lore has it that the chapel was destroyed in 1738 during a raid by Marathas. The statue of the Virgin was recovered from the sea by fishermen and temporarily installed in St. Andrew's church, before being shifted to the rebuilt Mount Mary Church in 1761, the year marking beginning of Bandra feast as it is celebrated today. To this day, the statue is venerated and many miracles, minor and major, are attributed to the Lady of the Mount. The architect of Mount Mary's church was a Bombay architect Shahpoorjee Chandabhoy. The basilica was built in 1904 at a cost of 1 lakh. It was built to serve the garrison posted at Castella de Aguada- the fort at Land's End road. In 1879, Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy constructed a flight of steps from foot of Mt Mary hill to north side of church known as the "Degrados de Bomanjee" ('Steps of Bomanjee').
People of all faiths and communities visit the church giving the place a syncretic nature. The Bandra Fair is held during the eight days of the Octave (starting on the Sunday following September 8) when pilgrims throng the church, coming from as far North as Vasai and Virar and as far East as Thane.[2][3]
[edit]Educational Insitutions
The first school founded in Bandra after Bombay passed on to the English was St. Andrew’s Parish School, started by the Vicar, Fr. Francisco de Mello in 1780, to teach Catechism to the children of the parish. This later became St. Andrew High School.[4]
St. Stanislaus School was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus. It started as a 'Native Boy's orphanage', became a high school in 1923 and was the first English medium school in the suburbs. Later it grew to be a full-fledged educational institution for day-scholars as well as boarders. What started out as a school for 40 orphans has now grown to support 2,300 students.
R. D. National College was originally set up in 1922 in Hyderabad, Pakistan under the guidance of Annie Besant. After the partition of India, it was set up again, in 1949, in Bandra.
St.Theresa's High School grew out of St.Andrews Indian Christians School, housed in a very dilapated building situated in Old Khar. This school was founded on 1918 and was taken over by religious society called Society of Divine Word ( S.V.D). IN 1952.And now the school is counted among the best educated schools in Mumbai.[5]
Cardinal Gracias High School is a convent school located in eastern Bandra.
[edit]Bandra Lake
Bandra Lake, also called "Bandra Talao" or "Motha Reservoir" was constructed by a rich Konkani Muslim of Navpada (also spelt Naupada or Naopara), an adjoining village.[6]
The lake was later acquired by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. It was officially renamed Swami Vivekanand Sarovar. Paddle boating facilities and pisciculture activities were operational in this lake during the 1990s. This lake is now a heritage structure of status "Heritage II".[citation needed]

Sunset at Bandra Bandstand
Like most places in Mumbai, Bandra is split by the local railway-line into Bandra West (PIN code 400050) and Bandra-East (PIN code 400051). The part of Bandra located on the western side of the railway line evolved into a fashionable suburb by the middle of the 20th century. Film director, Mehboob Khan, established Mehboob Studio here in 1954. Soon the area was abuzz with film-related activities. A recording studio was set up in the 1970s.[7][8]
The east, in the mid-to-late 1990s emerged as a commercial and administrative hub. It houses the Family Court, Bandra-Kurla Commercial Complex, the office of the state housing development authority (MHADA), the office of the District Collector and so on. The residential quarters of the employees of the Maharashtra State Government are also located here.
Most roads and places in Bandra possess English names that were given to them during British rule. They have been renamed over time but many are still popularly known by their old names.
Neighbouring suburbs: Dharavi, Khar, Kurla, Mahim, Santacruz
Arterial Roads: Swami Vivekanand Road (S.V Road), Linking Road, Turner Road (Guru Nanak Marg), Hill Road (renamed Ramdas Nayak Marg), Carter Road (renamed Naushad Ali Marg), Navpada Road (Balsamant), Western Express Highway. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link connects the western part of Bandra to Worli by the sea route, thus diverting a lot of road traffic.

Bandra railway station is connected via the Western Railway and the Harbour Line, which is an offshoot of the suburban Central Railway. It also has a newly built terminus called Bandra Terminus in Bandra (E) from where trains bound for northern and western India are scheduled regularly. The important trains include the Bandra - Indore Express, Bandra - Patna Express, Bandra - Jaipur Express, Bandra - Jodhpur Express and the Bandra - Amritsar Express
Public transport BEST buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are abundant. As you travel southwards, Bandra is the last point up to which auto rickshaws ply. Beyond Bandra, as you enter Mahim, only taxis are allowed to ply.
The Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge connects Bandra West with Worli located in central Mumbai.
Due to Bandra's central location, most parts of the city are easily accessible.
[edit]Places of interest

Mount Mary's Basilica
Jogger's Park: Jogger's Park is a small seaside jogging track where joggers of Bandra congregate. The pretty little park, next to the Otter's Club, another recreation place for Bandra denizens, was where Bombay's first laughing club was launched.
Bandra Reclamation
Mount Mary's Basilica (in picture)
Castella de Aguada, a seventeenth century fort at Land's End, the southernmost point of Bandra
Bandstand Promenade
Bandra-Kurla complex
Carter Road Promenade

From Colaba To Bandra
I came a Bandraite I Became
My children studied in Bandra
St Theresa - Apostolic Carmel
to name 3 grand children
born in Bandra ..their heritage
reclaim it is Bandra
all the same ..Bandra was
once the house of my exflame
she was lucky she married
a decent sober guy a madman
ex alcoholic she could not tame
for what i am and to what i will
always be a cosmic game
for your misfortunes misery
not god only you are to blame

Bandra Meri Hai

bum bum bum bandra meri hai, bum bum bum bandra meri hai
our garbage is nice , exciting full of spice
come to Bandra come to Bandra , Bandra meri hai

Come from England come from scotland, come from ireland
come from Holland come from poland come to from any land
if you are looking out for a smelly holiday
come to Bandra come to Bandra Bandra Sar Phiri Hai

Chor Bazar House Of Dead Memories

through the winding lanes
of chimna butcher
mutton street vendors
on friday sitting on
the road side selling
items such as these
old records old watches
old clothes old furniture
antiques old cameras
stuff rusty old unique
you even find stuff
artistic and chic
old parsi gara borders
that cost a bomb at
boutiques ..kerba
jerba gemstones
laid out on sheets
of newspapers
old books magazines
Hawaiian shirts in batik
curios artifact old
burmah teak gandhi glasses
 old paintings mystique
on a friday come and seek
vendors with gold teeth
vendors with hair streak
beggars mad guys
guys that ll make you freak
chor bazar a crazy place
not for the meek and weak
here you will find art
collectors and critique
photographers poets
come take a sneak
old medals crystal
glassware once a
week.. the sellers
here speak hebrew
italian russian  greek

Bandra Bazar Fish Market

The Umbrella Lady of Bandra Reclamation

Italian Tourist Manuella Shooting Bandra Bazar Road Garbage Dump

The Crows Of Bandra Bazar Road

the crows
of bandra
bazar road
come to blows
each one
wanting to
pose for
beggar poet
barefeet blogger
firoze each
morning to attract
his poetic attention
they put up a great
show .. in slow motion
some black beauties
with their beaus
some with chicken legs
held in their beaks
some with dead rose
some flapping their
wings like Belafonte
King of Calypso
the garbage dump
looks like Totos Disco
some shitting on
peoples head sitting
at a neigbors window
some happy eating
stale mangoes
the fragrance
of dead fish
peeled prawns
emanates as
it grows .
some black
horny crows
ogling at
ladies in their
some crows
cawing at
drug addicts
lying dead
old crates
as pillows

the crows
dont want the
bandra bazar
garbage dump
to go from here
they have collectively
sent madame sonia
gandhi a memo

World Famous Photgraphers Come To Shoot The Garbage Dump Of Bandra Bazar.. Wonders Of Mumbai

Vying with the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat as a quintessential tourist attraction , foreigners come here to Bandra Bazar Road to see the art form called Garbage Porn..

It is an amazing sight , my grandchildren have been honing their photography skills shooting this beauty in ugliness ...this site unfortunately is not seen by politicians , police people or Municipality authorities , they are busy elsewhere getting their acts together so they have no time .

I am told teachers from neigboring schools have shown interest bringing children here to show them this beautiful man made natural site .. kids from a Muslim girls school close by want to bring their students with placards banners Save Our Garbage ...garbage has a right to exist .. along with the usual placards that they carry Save Trees ..

Muslim Beggars Were Born Not Made

St Josephs Chapel Bandra Bazar Road

Open the door to me, as I have opened myself for you.
Jesus Christ