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Inserting Hooks In The Back - Marriammen Feast Madras Wadi Worli 2014

I have not tried to use much text on these images , the flesh in most cases of the back even if you are lithe strong thin or very fat is very thick and it took more than several hands to push the hook in , and the second hook to be properly aligned .

As there was no overhead light on the promenade at Worli Seaface where the rituals were being performed it ws tough the only light was from a small tiny torch.

The alignment of the hooks was important , as with the ropes attached to the hooks the guys pull auto rickshahs , cars , chariots and the  guys pulling a 42 seater bus .. one of the guys had clusters of heavy bells attached to the hooks.

But the unique part of all these hook insertions was the use of  heavy duty cranes from which attached to a pulleys the guys hung in mid air.. I  shot the hook insertions a few guys being pulled by the cranes but left midway as I was very tired
dehydrated and was shooting all this on an empty stomach..

I shot from the 42 seater bus a video on my M…

Marriammen Temple Madraswadi Worli

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…

Documenting Madraswadi Worli Marriammen Feast 2014

Madras Wadi Worli Shooting The Marriammen Feast 2014

Thank You Shanmugham and Sundar


These true friends of mine Shanmugham and Sundar invite me every year to the Madraswadi Marriammen feat I have shot the hook inserting body piercing cheek piercing ritual for over three years now or more.

I shoot this segment barefeet , this year due to poor health I made an early exit and this is the banner at Madraswadi where my picture has been put by them ..Photography By Firoze Shakir .

It is a touching gesture great honot to become one among my Tamil Hindu friend the best of the best.

Madradwadi sadly is a slum that has been totally neglected and it is at Worli Seaface end adjacent to Atria Mall and abuts the  famous iconic Worli Gutter ,,,

This is my new series at Flickr ..I shot the slums the surroundings the community the people their faith their Marriammen Temple .Every child knows me here and kept calling me Phata Poster photographer for the cameo role I did in the film Phata Poster Nikla Hero.

The people of Madraswadi slums are very humble …

Marriammen Feast Madraswadi Worli 2014 -Pulling a 42 Seater Bus With Hooks in the Back

I was invited this evening at 6 pm to Madraswadi Worli to shoot the Marriammen Feast 2014 that I shoot every year thanks to my friends Shanmugham and Sundar and the hospitable Tamils of this commune off the Worli gutter and Atria Mall...

I shot this barefeet and this shot I took from the 42 seat jumbo bus and you can see the 5 people with hooks in the back including Shanmugham and Sundar .. they pull the bus from Worli Seaface to Madraswadi Worli.

It was very dark past 7  pm when the piercings inserting of the hooks in the back started at Worli Seaface .

I was very tired almost fainted once so I did not follow the procession till the Madraswadi Marriammen Temple where the hooks from the back and the rods from the mouth are removed.

I am also grateful to Shanmugham and Sundar for putting my picture on their feast banner .. photography by Firoze Shakir ,, I was deeply touched by their gesture , all these bus pulling pictures I shot on my Motorola G mobile phone ,,

I shot a video of the…