Shiva caves, Elaphanta Island…off the coast of Mumbai. Dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Mumbai for the Festival of Booths…
The Story Is Told: A rich Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (ur, of Bukhara), gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. He then settled in Mumbai. But according to the legends (and Wikipedia), once Haji Ali saw a poor woman crying on the road, holding an empty vessel. He asked her what the problem was. She sobbed that her husband would thrash her since she had stumbled and accidentally spilled the oil she was carrying. He asked her to take him to the spot where she lost the oil. There, he jabbed a finger into the ground and oil gushed out. The overjoyed woman filled her vessel and went home. (Errm…deja vu? http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt09a17.htm)
Yet Haji Ali was then visited by a recurring - and disturbing - dream. It was about how he had injured Earth by his act of kindness. Full of remorse, he soon fell ill and directed his followers to cast the coffin carrying his body into the Arabian Sea. And when he died, on his way to Mecca, his casket miraculously floated back to Mumbai’s shores, and stuck to the string of rocky islets just off the shore of the neighborhood of Worli.
A shrine (dargah) was constructed on the site and remains there to this day. On Thursdays and Fridays, it is visited by at least 40,000 pilgrims. I think I went on a Wednesday.
Worship, Part II.
“In my country there is problem, and that problem is transport…”
The girl in the pictures — that’s Adi. The beauty in the pictures — that’s natural.
Worship, Part I.
Sep 23Sep 23
Sometimes its foggy.
We’ll get to sight-seeing, temples and monuments and all that, soon. First the important things:
At one point in my life, some will recall, I wanted to be a veterinarian. India’s done gone and made me want to change career paths. Some of the animals here (none pictured above. You’re welcome.) are in dire straits — dogs with pieces missing from their faces, mutilated genitals, you get the picture — but mostly they’re obscenely cute.