The 801st annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, commemorating the death anniversary of the Sufi saint .It is an annual festival held at Ajmer, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan with the sighting of the moon. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Lakhs of devotees and pilgrims arrive from all over India and abroad visit to celebrate the festival at the sacred shrine of Ajmer Sharif. It is held over six days, commencing with the hoisting of a flag on the tomb by the Sajdanashin (successor-representative) of the Chishtia order and night-long sufi qawwali(spiritual songs) singing. Over the days which follow, the tomb is ritually anointed with rose water and sandal wood paste, qawwalis are sung and poetry recited in praise of the Almighty. Prayers are said and devotees offer nazranas or votive offerings. Outside the dargah precincts, two massive cauldrons cook sweet rice garnished with dry fruits and condiments to be served as ‘tabarukh’ or sanctified food. At the time of the Urs, a busy bazaar springs up at the foot of the dargah. Flowers, embroidered prayer rugs, prayer caps and decorative chadars(sheets) are among the many things to be found in the bazaar, apart from the usual souvenirs which make their way to fairs such as this.
Once a year Lakhs of Sufi believers from all over India come to the Dargah Shariff of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in Ajmer for the annual the festival of Urs. Sufi Kalandars performs an act of self-torture during devotion at the annual death anniversary of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. The Muslim Sufi devotees used a sharp object as a tool to show their tribute in Urs.
Vishram Sthali at Kayad in Ajmer is the temporary shelter for Urs pilgrims to visit Dargah Shariff of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti.People have gathered here from all over India in a large number to celebrate Urs festival together.Many people face the problems related to basic amenities like Water, Food and Electricity at the site. There is a scarcity and shortage of water for bathing,cooking and drinking. People are bound to pay high amount of money to purchase daily life products.
Migration is an important feature of human civilization. It reflects, human endeavour to survive in the most testing conditions both natural and man-made.People from Bihar, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh travel far afield seeking employment at the lowest rung.
The brick kilns serve as a source of livelihood for thousands of unskilled labourers from across the country.The seasonal nature of the work attracts migrant labour, many of them landless farmers.The brick kilns workers are recruited arbitrarily by local contractors. Exploitation and complete disregard for existing labour laws is rampant in this sector. As the payment is made to the head of each family based on the number of bricks produced, it is not uncommon to find children involved in the process to maximise income.They are also involved in transporting moulds to the baking centre and in drying bricks under the sun.The work of a child is very important to flip 1000 bricks twice in a day under testing conditions.
The problem of migrant labour is huge and requires cooperation and coordination between the government and other social actors including the trade unions. NGO’s having skilled manpower and resources can provide research and background. Trade unions with their organizational structures, organizing skills can take on the employers, policy makers and governments for a better deal for migrant workers and contribute for social harmony and sustainable growth.
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The Kumbh Mela, believed to be held every 12 years on the banks of the ‘Sangam’- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The Mela alternates between Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years. The one celebrated at the Holy Sangam in Allahabad is the largest and holiest of them.
It was a 55 day long festival that was spread over 1936.56 hectare divided in to 14 sectors. The arrangements done by the Governments were at a high level that included 99 parking lots,12461 State Police Personnel,46 PAC,40 Central Para Military Personnel,85 CCTV Camera,30 Variable Signage Board,30 Fire Stations,18 Pontoon bridges.
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Despite all these arrangements made by the Government officials people didn’t used the services provided to them and made the mela ground their home.
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The Speaking Hand
“Every one of us is different in some way, but for those of us who are more different, we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing they can, just differently.”
Marlee Matlin (Deaf American Actress)
They can’t hear, but you can?
They can’t speak, but you can?
But they express themselves, with beauty and grace…
Their smile spreads joy and happiness where ever they go…
They may not hear what we say but feel everything like we do. They have heart with purity and innocence.
After being there for few hours at Noida Deaf Society, I felt in love with the power of silence. A strange calmness took all over me. It was like taking a break from the noisy world to understand the true meaning of life. For them every second of life have a different expression. Expressing not in any ordinary way, It was expressing through hands, speaking and communicating through them. Love, anger, sadness, agony. It is not only the gesture of hands; it is the gesture of their souls interacting with each other.
Dalmau is a town and a nagar panchayat in Rae Bareli district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Dalmau is situated on the banks of Holy Ganga and is famous since ancient times. It has been the historical town of the district. Prominent palces at Dalmau are King Dal’s fort, Bara Math, Mahesh Giri Math, Nirala Memorial Institute. A well-constructed by Ebrahim Sharki, Palace of Nawab Shuza-ud-daula, Baithak of Alhaa Udal, Dalmau Pump Canal etc.It is holy place on the bank of river Ganges.The famous poet Surya Kant Tripathi ‘Nirala’ wrote poems sitting on the top of the fort built by the King DalDev.
Global Buddhist Congregation held on 27 November 2011in New Delhi. It was held to celebrate the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti, the Enlightenment of Buddha. Religious, Spiritual and World leaders as well as 800 scholars, delegates and observers from 32 countries attended the congregation.
As a team of official photographer, I had opportunity to click the most amazing behind the scene shots which made those heavy moods lighter and fun.
There were many time during the congregation e were I came across our very honorable delegates taking a tiny winy naps in between the important discussions. What should it be called, a mere ignorance?
The congregation was organized to discuss about fading cultures, about religion which has been modified and adapted itself with the changing time. This congregation had made an attempt to succinct beliefs and faith of Buddhism and its growth since ages.
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Bombay now known as Mumbai for those who pour in every day from every part of country with hopes in their eyes to fulfill their dreams.
I visited this city only for two weeks on different occasions. I came across distinct people and places. I went to few tourist hot-spot like Marine Drive, Bandstand, Juhu Beach, Haji Ali Dargah and few destinations which silently existed in grace to unfold the stories of every challenge Mumbaikar have fought together like Bandra Terminal, Mumbai Central Station, Andheri Railway Station, Colaba, and Graffiti on walls of Marine Lines station.
It’s so true about the city which talks about free lifestyle. People have contentment in their hearts in their busy schedule. To enjoy every situation, every challenge with oneness and love.
I have been to few tourist destinations Bandstand, Haji Ali Dargah and few destinations which silently existed in grace to unfold the stories of every challange Mumbaikar haved fought together Bandra Terminal, Mumbai Central Station, Andheri Railway Station, Graffiti in Colaba, Graffiti on walls of Marine Lines station.Marine Drive also known as Queen’s Necklace has a peaceful and quite atmosphere to match with the stillness of the sea.
Juhu Beach another tourist destination with wide ocean always reminding the depth and diversity it holds within.
Bandstand also land-ends, a favorite stop for youth to enjoy the magic spell of sunset with your beloved.
Haji Ali Dargha symbolise the determination and firmness. Standing between the sea it is a symbol of pure faith and beliefs.
Mumbai Merijaan, a common phrase for our Mumbaikars makes them proud of their city, of what they are.
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