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Baba Wahid Dam Madar Malang Of Kolkatta

The World Of Dam Madar Malangs ,,,At Makanpur

Aslam Baba Youngest Dam Madar Malang

The Frugality Of the Malang Keeps the Mind Healthy And Young

The Urus of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar

At The Holy Shrine of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar

At The Urus of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar

At The Holy Shrine of Hazrat Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar

Shooting the 596 Urus of Zinda Madar Shah Makanpur

"Main Nahin, Hum Yeh Sab Ki Topi

"Main Nahin, Hum Yeh Sab Ki Topi, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

bhai pehle bikti
thi gandhi topi
jise pehnte the
shrest neta
jail ke kaidi ya aropi
lekin jab se
aiie aam admi
ki topi ,ise pehnte
hai sab behroopi
aam admi ko ab
sab phinate hain topi
ab ise log kehte hain
dharna wali topi
darna mana hai
takhta palat deti
yeh topi..
"Main Nahin, Hum
hum sab ki topi

The Medicine Man

The Medicine Man, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
here there
is a cure
for every
ailment
cough cold
backpain
medicine
natural
simple
plain
not like
the rich mans
medicine that
pockets drain
medicine for virility
salajeet pure grain
use it morning night
till she cries out
in pain...medicine
that cures cancer
aids he explains
glib talker he has
the buyers mind
confused in chains
he has medicine
to cure homosexuality
gradually it will wane
he says you will
become manly
regain rich lustful
desires romping
with lasses in the
rain..he says more
methodically
holistically that
he is here to serve
humanity not for
profit or gain
but he strictly stresses
to the crowds no refund
no exchange no discount
definitively no credit
no bargain....to buy his
medicine he gets buyers
from saudi arabia nigeria
even barcelona spain
than he shows a photo
of him and salman khan
jai ho..he cured bhaijan
of his recurrent neck pain
the poor public look at
him admiringly buy a few
packets to catc…

The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur

The Langar Of The Dam Madar Malangs

The River At Makhanpur

The River At Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
this was not
what i shoot
but through
the waters
of hope
to the great
holy saint
of makanpur
i paid my
pictorial
tribute
god who made
light shade
contrasting
highlights
i salute
i was trying
to poetically
escape
from this water
land via
my minds
parachute

I Take A Dip In The River At Makhanpur

I Take A Dip In The River At Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I felt
it was
like taking
a dip in
the sangam
memories
of the maha
kumbh
as i swum
churning
the hope
of yet
another
tomorrow
holistically
here i
had come
the flesh
was willing
the soul
had gone
numb
i belong
to the street
poor peoples
slum.. this
was not
my mission
another
mans
kingdom

Hyder Ali Baba And The Malang From Bollywood

Hyder Ali Baba And The Malang From Bollywood, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
to different
mystical worlds
we belong
a world
combative
right vs wrong
fighting to come
to terms the
weak vs the strong
a pain we prolong
in a cosmic circle
we try to live long
till she demonic
spirit of of our
restless angst
comes along
becomes our
shadow all
along..

The Camels Of Makhanpur

The Unique World of Dam Madar Malangs at Makhanpur

The Unique World of Dam Madar Malangs at Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
These are electrifying moments , so much is happening and all in the presence of this humble head of the Malangs of the Madariya Order of Aqsan.. Peersaab Syed Masoomi Ali Baba Madari ..women are not allowed at these gatherings but they sit and watch from far, and strangely it is the poor womenfolk who come here to seek the Blessings of the Holy Saint Zinda Shah Madar and his Malangs.

The Dhamal At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur

The Dhamal At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I was here for two days and it seemed an age I was barefeet and shooting this moment of the glorious lifestyle of the Dam Madar Malangs .. and most of the Malangs are dread heads with hair hidden in a turban over 18 to 22 feet long , and it is here they open it out ..and I shot that moment too ...the most difficult moment to shoot ,,,

Hyder Ali Qalandari ,,, Dhamal At Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar

The Dhamal At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur

The Dhamal At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Marc and I were the only two photographers shooting this electrifying moment of the Dhamal rituals .. and this young lad and his father were giving their presentation to Peersaab Masoomi Baba Madari Aqsan.

The Dhamal At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar

The Dhamal At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

The Qalandri Malangs Rafaees come back to the tent of Peersaab Masoomi Baba Madari Aqsan, there was a huge spiritual discourse by Syed Rafiq Ali Baba and than the Dhamal begins rituals of body piercings etc.. and this is a momentous occasion ,this is also known as Zarb.. and the piercer presents his art to the Head of the Dam Madar Malangs.

Bhatakte Bhatakte Ya Zindar Madar Shah Baba Tere Dar Pe Aiee Hoon

Bhatakte Bhatakte Ya Zindar Madar Shah Baba Tere Dar Pe Aiee Hoon, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

bhuli bisri yadon ki
bhet laie hoon
tanha tere dar
par tashreef
laie hoon
nabina pareshan
gid gidati huie
tere dar pe
aiee hoon..
majboor
waqt ki
sataee hoon

The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur

The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Makanpur (formerly known as Khairabad) is a town in Kanpur district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Makanpur is a town in the tehsil of Bilhaur. Makanpurpur is well connected by rail and road. Araul is nearest (4km.) place of Makanpur.
It is also known for the dargah shrine of the Sufi saint of Madariya Sufi order, Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar, who settled here, which makes it a center from the order. Particularly, during his annual Urs celebrations, when followers of the order from all over congregate at the shrine.

Dam Madar Malangs And The Beggar Poet From Mumbai

Dam Madar Malangs And The Beggar Poet From Mumbai, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I was destined to shoot this last year and I had to skip shooting the 14 Stations Of The Cross Good Friday that I shot barefeet in Mumbai at Santacruz ..following the procession from 10 am till 3.30 pm.. it was the first time I missed it .

Here I was in Makhanpur documenting the Order of the Dam Madar Malangs at the Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur in Uttar Pradesh close to Kannauj.

After completing the Urus here I took a bus non stop to Lucknow via Kanpur and stayed at my in laws house and the next day shot the Holy Shrine of Dewa Sharif.

The Dam Madar Malangs At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur

The Dam Madar Malangs At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Most of the troubled souls , possessed ,visit this Holy Shrine and the Malangs do exorcism Dua Taweez , and the crowds seeking holistic comfort are humongous mostly poor , from all over India .. there is a event called Dhamal , body piercing by the Qalandri Malangs and Rafaees than initiation of Malangs ..nearby there is a river that is great to kill the heat of the body.

Food is from langar cooked by the Malangs ,, there are stalls make shift dhabbas and people live in tents or in lodges ..the infrastructure for spiritual tourism has yet to be developed ..and the politicians have done nothing the roads are bad .. but this place for the seekers is Heaven on Earth the Holy Shrine of the Saint is shaped like the Holy Kaba ..he is over 597 years old ..

The Dam Madar Malangs At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur

The Dam Madar Malangs At The Urus Of Zinda Shah Madar Makhanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
There is strict protocol here and hierarchy ,and every Malang order sits at the four ends of the Holy Sainta Shrine , the public dare not venture here or the Malang Kotwals will use the stick..being a part of the Aqsan order I could shoot this without any hindrance from the Malangs ..and this is a very solemn moment ,,,and the crowds inside at the back and outside tremendous ..and the entrance to the Shrine yard is a small gate .. getting in is tough getting out near impossible ,,, and you could get this shot from a building ahead , but shooting at ground level was adrenalin ,, and more ,,,Syed Rafiq Ali Baba Malang was leading the Aqsan group as Peersab Masoomi Baba is very old and had knee problems .. and this place is very crowded .. the chant of Dam Madar Beda Par resounds in the air ,,,the fragrance of rose petals and attar ..

Will I go to the Urus this year dont …

The Dam Madar Malangs At Makhanpur ,,At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar

The Dam Madar Malangs At Makhanpur ,,At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
One of the most fascinating Sufi circuit is Makhanpur the Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar .. this year on 30 March will be his 597 Urus ,, and it is a tough trek.. close to Kanpur ,, If you know the Malangs it is much easier as this entire stretch is part of vast farmlands , the closest town is Kannauj, ..And this place is the most popular Sufi site in Uttar Pradesh..

As I belong to the Dam Madar Order and a Murid of Peersab Masoomi Ali Baba Madari Aqsan I was lucky I was documenting this Urus with my friend Marc Malang,..

This is one of my most fascinating Flickr set and spiritual journey..meeting some of the great Malangs Qalandaris and Rafaees ..living in a cramped up room with over a dozen people and for natures call heading with a bottle of water in the fields ,,, and what an experience ..

About The Dam Madar Madariya Order - Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the …