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My India ..A Moment That Lasts Forever

Goddess Marriammen Cures Small Pox ,,

Goddess Marriammen Cures Small Pox ,,, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Mariamman

Māri (Tamil: மாரி), 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 who can take away any kind of illness and a fertitility goddess. She is the main South Indian mother goddess, predominant in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Māri is closely associated with the Hindu goddesses Parvati[clarification needed] and Durga[clarification needed] . Goddess Mariamman and Goddess Kali are closely associated with each other. But , it does not mean that they are the same . They are two different goddesses[clarification needed]
Festivities for her happen during the late summer, early autumm season of "Aadi". Throughout the deccan region, grand festival kn…

Cheek Piercing With a 18 Ft Rod Marriammen Feast

Pulling a Tempo With Hooks on the Back And Rod In The Mouth

Milk Is Used To Lubricate The Movement of The Rod In The Mouth

Cheek Piercing With a Rod Marriammen Feast

Cheek Piercing With 18 Ft Rod - Marriammen Feast

Extreme Possession Marriammen Feast

Hardcore Body Piercing - Marriammen Feast

Hardcore Body Piercing - Marriammen Feast

Hardcore Body Piercing - Marriammen Feast

My India Is Different From Yours ..

My India Is Different From Yours .., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
rituals
customs
traditions
pain remorse
my india is
not taj mahal
agra ..red fort
but a pause
in the tear
drop of a
beggar child
lying on the
floor hungry
thirsty
outdoors
my india
is beggars
malangs
lepers
deformed
humanity
shouting
hoarse
my india
is awakening
of the spirit
wingless
off course
my india
is mysticism
sufism shiasm
hinduism
as it was
a world
without
wars
learning
ilm
knowledge
as its
source
.

The Tamils Of Mahim Macchimar Colony

Documenting The Tamils And The Marriammen Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim

Marc De Clercq Shoots Marriammen Feast

Steel Hooks That Will Be Inserted In The Devotees Back To Pull Cars

Steel Hooks That Will Be Inserted In The Devotees Back To Pull Cars, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

This piercing is very tough , much tougher than piercing the cheeks with the 21 feet steel rods , first ash is put on the back to desensitize pain , it is ash with camphor,, than two marks are made on the back where the hooks will be inserted ..

The hooks are pushed into butter or inserted into aloevera for smooth lubrication .. the devotee is asked to put a lime in his mouth to reduce the pain..and it takes 4 to 5 guys to insert one hook and than the other hook , now the human horse of Goddess Marriammen is ready to pull a car tempo or a rickhsha or a heavy basket of coconuts with the hooks attached to them with a nyolon rope and thus barefeet they cover the distance from the beach road back to the Marriammen Temple Macchimar Colony Mahim..via the St Michael Church Mori road ..

Marc Malang And Me

The Best Way To Learn Photography Is To Watch How A Great Photographer Shoots

The Best Way To Learn Photography Is To Watch How A Great Photographer Shoots, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

And greatness comes from humility and Marc De Clercq my friend my Malang brother is a sensitive responsive street and fine art photographer a heady amalgam..mind beyond matter.

We have been close friends since 2005 and have traveled a vast distance of thought , he loves India and Indians love him .. my family loves him and my grand daughter Marziya adores him , he is our extended family like my other American brother Glenn Losack ..mind doctor great street photographer.. both are holistic healers .. both shoot differently ..

Both were at the Maha Kumbh , though I missed Glenn he was in Mumbai after shooting the inaugural ceremony ..I was there with Marc shooting the Shahi Snan procession Basant Panchami but I was very close to the Naga Sadhus as I lived in Sector 4 with my Naga Guru Juna Akhada..

Marc and I were at Makanpur documenting The Dam Madar Malangs of…

There Is a difference between your world and mine

There Is a difference between your world and mine, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

you shoot
sharp curves
i shoot
blurred lines
your world
my world
dont align
we meet
on crossroads
online ..you
shoot vision
i shoot the
divine ..occult
possession
supernatural
man and god
entwined
a demarcation
line i try to
find ...i shoot
into the sun
you shoot
from behind
you shoot
with a eye
i shoot
blind

i shoot
pain
poor
people
homeless
mankind
the androgynous
anomalous
part man
part woman
ardh nari
nareshwar
undefined
lord irawan
ma bhaichura
her children
maligned
captive souls
enshrined

my barefeet
in a river
of blood
carelessly
outlined ...
he generously
designed .
a beggar poet
words pictures
matter mind
combustible
combined

Animal Sacrifice for Goddess Marriammen

Animal Sacrifice For Goddess Marriammen

Animal Sacrifice And Possession

Animal Sacrifice And Possession

Animal Sacrifice For Goddess Marriammen

Shooting The Supernatural,,, Marriammen Feast Goat Slaughter

Shooting The Supernatural,,, Marriammen Feast Goat Slaughter, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

The Marriammen feast begins with the slaughter of the goats , and they are washed , placed in front of the doors of the temple ,the drums beat , and the goat begins to shiver and dance , it knows it is going to be slaughtered , but there has to be a sign from the Goddess , people wait for that sign and the head priest too and the sign comes in a flash , and before you can bat your eyelid the butcher has chopped its head with one stroke and more possession people go in a trance..

The Devi Enters the Human Body

The Devi Enters the Human Body Extreme Possession

Possession Marriammen Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim

Possession Marriammen Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

This was shot in 2010 , and I remember every frame , perhaps because I shoot barefeet , pictures embedded on my soul.. on one end and the burning pain as the tar touched my soles.. crossing the road with the procession from the Marriammen Temple to the Mahim beach was unbearable ..but on the beach the sand calmed the feet .. and I shoot on a empty stomach, no food no victuals no water ,, my friend Marc De Clercq and some of his friends were here too fascinated with all this recording it on their cameras.


This is the crux of my photography , I shoot the other side , the dark side of the moon.. I went into a trance myself falling on my face with my camera.. but nothing happens I become one with the people I shoot and my surroundings ,.. and it was in 2011 that I became a mystic a Malang along with Marc at Ajmer we both were initiated as Dam Madar Malangs ,,

About Goddess Marriammen -Macchimar Colony Mahim

About Goddess Marriammen -Macchimar Colony Mahim, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. www.philtar.ac.uk/encyclopedia/hindu/ascetic/mariam.html

Devotion to Mariamman

India has always been a land of villages and in the context of village life the most important and powerful divine presence is the gramadevata, a deity identified with the village. A village may have several gramadevatas, each with its own function. Village deities are more numerous than Indian villages, though some are known throughout a region and one of these is the goddess Mariamman (Also called Mari, Mariamma, Maryamman. In the Puranas she is known as Marika.) who has devotees all over South India.
The village belongs to the goddess. Theologically she was there before the village and in fact she created it. Sometimes she is represented only by a head on the soil, indicating her body is the village and she is rooted in the soil of the village. The villagers live inside or upon the body of the goddess. The g…

Documenting Possession And Supernatural At Marriammen Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim

The Devi Enters the Human Body -Extreme Hardcore Possession

The Devi Enters the Human Body -Extreme Hardcore Possession

Invoking The Goddess Marriammen Macchimar Colony

The Devi Enters the Human Body -Extreme Hardcore Possession

The Devi Enters the Human Body -Extreme Hardcore Possession

The Devi Enters the Human Body

The Devi Enters the Human Body -Extreme Hardcore Possession

The Devi Enters The Human Body

The Devi Enters The Human Body, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 126,217 items / 921,144 views

The drummer instead of beating the drum scratches the surface with his stick which produces an ear shattering effect , and it is like funereal drone and with each increase in crescendo , the women who are now possessed by the devi or goddess behave in a way that is truly abnormal..they are not here they are not there , they are on a different planet of the mind.

When they are totally out of control the priest pulls them by the hair and swipes holy ash or places a lime under their feet.

They calm down and are still in a state of shock.


This lady in the picture showed all the characteristics of Goddess Kali..

I was just a feet away from them and the entire venue was charged with the spirit of this event..

This is what I like to shoot and some of the ladies would charge in to beat their head on the state of Nandi the Bull,, but were held back before any damage could be caused.

Hardcore Extreme Possession - I Only Shoot What I Was Destined To Shoot.

Hardcore Extreme Possession - I Only Shoot What I Was Destined To Shoot., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
This year I was not invited to Marriammen Macchimar Feast , or they forgot my number , but I too was busy on other fronts , however I believe I can only shoot what I was destined to shoot .. I shot Marriammen Feast Nehru Nagar Juhu thanks to my best friend Davendar Bhima and Madraswadi Marriammen feast thanks to my other good friend Shanmugham.

I must confess I missed shooting the Marriammen Sion Koliwada feast , this has the largest number of hijras in attendance and a hijra used to pierce his cheeks , the pictures of the hijras and the hijra piercing I have completely removed from public view .. I have over 20000 images old new of the hijra community that only I can see ...Indians sorry to say are not mature enough for the hijra documentary their life their struggle , they only see them as objects of sexual desire and I do no t want my pictures to fall in tha…

The Devi Enters the Human Body - Extreme Possession

The Devi Enters the Human Body

This Happens Only In India ..

This Happens Only In India .., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
besides
gang rape
acid throwing
dowry burning
police encounter
scams corruption
booth capturing
murder sodomy
arson gundagiri
hafta ..bhaigiri


paon main ghungroo
aur mathe par bindiya
this happens only in india

Possession - The Devi Enters the Human Body

Extreme Possession on the Beach

Extreme Possession on the Beach, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Anamika the little Koli girl who pierces her tongue with the trishul goes into extreme possession ..

Spiritual Possession Or Devi Entering the Human Body

Spiritual Possession Or Devi Entering the Human Body, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. As soon as the Arti began I dont know what came over me I went into a trance and fell down on the floor with my cameras, and I was soon lifted on my feet.. I began shooting this sequence of the spiritual trance or spiritual possession a very integral part of Goddess worship..

Goddess Marriammen is deity in the avatar of Goddess Kali or Goddess Durga and is fervently worshiped by the Hindu Tamils and the Maharashtrians of Macchimar Colony Mahim.

At the Mahim beach during the puja a lot of people went into a trance including the high priest and his assistant.


This is the essence of what I deliriously shoot like a mad man and this is the genre of my photography.

Dont ask me questions just see my pictures I dont ask questions of the people I shoot , the people I shoot have faces I dont ask their names.

I know the name of the head priest and their children suffices in a situation such as …

The Devi Enters The Body ,, Hardcore Possession

The Devi Enters The Body ,, Hardcore Possession

Possession The Devi Enters the Human Body

Head Priest Ganesh Goes Into Extreme Possession

Head Priest Ganesh Goes Into Extreme Possession