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Chishti Order or Chishti Silsila

From Wikipedia

The Chishtī Order (Persian: چشتی‎ - Čištī) (Arabic: ششتى‎ - Shishti) is a Sufi order within the mystic Sufi tradition of Islam. It began in Chisht, a small town near Herat, Afghanistan about 930 CE. The Chishti Order is known for its emphasis on love, tolerance, and openness.[1]

The Chishti Order is primarily followed in Afghanistan and South Asia. It was the first of the four main Sufi orders (Chishti, Qadiriyya, Suhrawardiyya and Naqshbandi) to be established in this region. Moinuddin Chishti introduced the Chishti Order in Lahore (Punjab) and Ajmer (Rajasthan), sometime in the middle of the 12th century CE. He was eighth in the line of succession from the founder of the Chishti Order, Abu Ishq Shami. There are now several branches of the order, which has been the most prominent South Asian Sufi brotherhood since the 12th century.[2]

In the last century, the order has spread outside Afghanistan and South Asia. Chishti teachers have established centers in the United K…

About Goddess Marriamman

From Wikipedia

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 of rain. 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] as well as with her North Indian counterpart Shitaladevi. Goddess Mariamman and Goddess Kali are closely associated with each other. Mariamman is a form of Durga who took the form of Kali.[clarification needed]

Festivities for her happen during the late summer, early autumm season of "Aadi". Throughout the deccan region, grand festival known as "Aadi Thiruvizha" are taken for Maariamman. Her worship mainly focuses on bringing rains a…

Marriammen Feast Nehru Nagar Juhu Beach 2014

I reached Mumbai at 4 pm from Ajmer Urus of Khwajah Moinuddin Chishty  , I hurriedly showered , without eating anything rushed to Juhu Beach to shoot the Marriammen Feast .

I was not in Mumbai so first time this year kissed the animal slaughter at the Marriammen Temple Nehru Nagar Juhu on 7 May 2014 .. it is after the sacrifice of goats hens that the actual piercing rituals begin at Juhu Beach.

I missed Velu the temple priest too .. who looks like Rajnikanth ..

I met my dear friend Bhima Davendar late in the evening as I was busy documenting the piercings undertaken by Ganesh ..

This time I hung around the beach as I wanted to shoot the guys with hooks in the backs hung on pulleys to a crane  all this very close to Mr Amitabh Bachchans house .

So when I returned to the Nehru Nagar Juhu Temple to shoot the removal of the rods the feast was almost over ..I shot the temple and the other priest who is very dear friend of mine.

I was barefeet , and returned home at about 11 pm.. I took a …

Dam Madar Malangs Ajmer and Beyond

Chatti At Peersab Fakhru Miyas House Hujra no6 Ajmer Sharif 2014

Documenting Ajmer Sharif Urus 2014 And Pushkar

"Shah hast Hussain, Badshah hast Hussain
Deen hast Hussain, Deen Panah hast Hussain
Sar daad na daad dast, dar dast-e-yazeed,
Haqqaa key binaaey 'La ila' hast Hussain"

This is my new series of Ajmer Sharif Urus 2014 that includes my short trip to Pushkar to meet my friends Raj Tilak and Niru Bullet ..
As I would not be able to visit them on Chatti  I met them first and returned to Ajmer to shoot the Chatti eve at Peersab Fakhru Miya .. Hujra No6

I also shot the Dam Madar Malangs ..the order to which I belong.

I shot Moti Katla the abode of the Hijras and transgender these images are marked PRIVATE ,,,and not for public view.

I left Ajmer on Chatti night ,, and reached home on 7 May 2014.

I showered rushed to Juhu Beach to shoot the Nehru Nagar Marriamm Feast 2014 .

I was invited by my friend Bhima Davendar of Nehru Nagar Marriammen Temple Juhu.

I shot this barefeet ,,

Ajmer Pushkar 2014