Mount Mary Welcomes Her Loved One To Bandra Fair, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary, is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Mumbai, India. The church is one of the most visited churches in the city located in the suburb of Bandra. Every September, the feast of Mount Mary is celebrated on the Sunday following 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.
 The Church 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 faithful attest to the miraculous powers of the Mount. During the Bandra Fair, tens of thousands visit the shrine. The shrine attracts people from all faiths who pray to the statue for thanksgiving or requesting of favours.
During the Bandra Fair, the entire area is decorated with festoons a…
Tags: Vatican ambassador|Archbishop MUMBAI: The Mount Mary Basilica in Bandra is ready to celebrate the feast of Our Lady. The Vatican's ambassador to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, will arrive to celebrate the holy mass at 11.30am on the opening day on Sunday. The closing mass at the same time on September 15 will be administered by Archbishop of Bombay, Oswald Cardinal Gracias.
Fr Aniceto Pereira of Mt Mary Basilica says, "We are currently in the midst of the novena, which will wind up September 7. From September 8 to 15, the church will be open to worshipers from 5am through 10pm with religious services every morning."
Mount Mary Bandra Beckons, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Today is the first day of the Bandra Fair and the main Bandra Hill Road is like a river running slowly , cars bumper to bumper , so most of the shyana street smart ricksha guys take the devotees from the Bandra Bazar bylanes ,,so the inner lanes too are packed with most devotees who walk in from Lucky lane to Haji Nura Lana and enter De Monte Street from the intersection of Jain Mandir Road and from Bandra Bazar Road they take Chapel road and exit at Mount Carmel Church..and this is the Bandra Fair area and September garden..... even the road at Bandstand going up Mount Mary via Bullock road is packed ..most of the devotees after paying tribute to Mother Mary now come and pay tribute at Mannat where Sharukh Khan lives and those that owe allegiance to Salman Khan come and stand outside Galaxy.. Bandra is the in place ..for lovers of Mary and Infant Jesus .. Elco pani puriwala and other road side stalls do…
Falling In Love Was My Original Sin, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. now languishing in a lonely prison her heart i could woo but could not win.. she threw the keys of my cell i am forever locked in tandav on the soul of my defeated angst my body spins ,, a beggar poet a bottled djinn pain my second skin
I want to write an erotic poem to her which she has to read with her eyes closed while I lick her feet dry when she comes out of the shower..her dusky soul her musky body..and a teary towel that clings to her flesh in the last throes of death..
dimpled cheek curly hair marziya shakir very fair grand father learning photography from his grand daughter unusual pair..yes we dare what we like what we see we shoot with flair ,,we dont hurt your religiosity your customs your rituals yes we care but our bleeding pictures of moharam you report abuse totally unfair a persecuted race murdered killed slaughtered by its own misguided jehad ..even unborn kids in a mothers womb they dont spare muslims the only race that love killing muslims caught in a serpents snare sectarian strife everywhere deleted dreams worse than nightmare ..to be or not to be to share or not to share if at all why are you so scared ,, we cut our heads we bleed ,, why do you feel hurt why do you swear its our pain that we bear blood sweat tears weeping hair ,,,
I lay on my back to take part in his ritual.. and I have taken a vow to pierce my cheeks , somehow it does not happen as the discipline to undertake this ritual is very strict ..
And I shall do it to show my solidarity to the Tamil Hindu , a race I have immense respect , they have treated me as their own.. but there are some issues I have to resolve before I partake it as humanbeing .. this is nothing to with religion , only my faith my spiritual endurance not bound to narrow mindedness or bigotry ,,, and I want my best friend Dr Glenn Losack to shoot my ordeal of pain , pain that I live with , pain that lives with me as my ancestral birthright..
Marriammen feast is a Tamil right of passage I shoot every year ..I try not to miss it , I shoot it barefeet and this year I shot at Juhu and Madraswadi Worli.
Davendra from Juhu Nehru Nagar is my best friend he pierces the rods and removes them too.
I met her while walking up the mountains to meet Dam Madar Baba Wahid , and I took a few shots , I was barefeet , so the terrain being rough , it gets difficult shooting pictures .. and she is a Muslim beggar...her distortion earns her a living she has children too I cropped from this frame.. this is portraiture of pain...bound to a cosmic chain.. ayn ..
At Ajmer and Tarahadh I have shot pain , the humility of pain , its quivering turbulence .. why are people born like this i wonder makes no sense..images that move me as a poet a camera and a lens now as a poem i try to pen ..sitting on a fence my pictures are a story board ..painful intense .. i was destined to shoot without fear or consequence .. i stand moderated in my defense
dedicated to my good friend John Dixon 'Howling Ayn,, who left this world as it was too small for his achievements . the whirling derveshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Dam Madar Malangs, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. This was shot in 2008.. much before I became a Malang ... but I was shooting Masoomi Baba and Rafiq Ali Baba since 2005.. during the Urus of Khwajah Garib Nawaz Ajmer ,,
In your opinion, what could Facebook do to help you understand reports we receive about your content?
I am a photoblogger journalist I am not into porn but I shoot reality rituals as I shoot all faith I have 285000 images at Flickr .com I think people there being photographers are more mature and understanding here at Facebook people add you to report you bully you if they dont like your reportage religion or faith .. I had deactivated my Facebook account twice because of this if this persists I will delete my account completely .. honestly I hate posting pictures at Facebook..
I can understand this firoze bhai .
do you think its a conspiracy against your hobby ?
Firoze Shakir No it is Yazidiyat in the guise ..of a person of my own faith .. I am not here to shoot as per any persons like dislike but I will not ridicule or make fun of what one shoots .. I gue…