And these saintly vehicles are anthropomorphised, they are attributed with almost human capacities to interact. In the image above Image 25 , where the devotee has conventionally been seen praying to an invisible power, the sticker appears to suddenly provide a physical form to the power. Simultaneously, this industry also introduces something unique to this production, a syncretic element in the representation of the Muslim saints. Your comments will have to be approved by admin before appearing on the site. In the poster above, Gajanan Maharaj first appeared on February 23, , seen until September 08, , Waris Shah and Sai Baba September 28, — October 15, are seen here with Sailani Baba Sailani baba superimposed on an image of Lord Shiva. Framed poster being sold in a shop near Sailani shrine.
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And these saintly vehicles are anthropomorphised, they are attributed with almost human capacities to interact. Even in this unmistakable Hindu mythological scene one can notice the presence of a pair of roses, Image 33 distinctly associated with the cult of the saints, over the Shiva lingam in the original image. On being asked about the significance of this poster in everyday life, they confessed to believing that there is more baraka – prosperity, in the presence of a greater number of saints.
Szilani of Sailaani baba with well-known symbols, displays an attempt by the publishing industry to ensure maximum familiarity and connect of local saints with previously established and widely revered imagery. Cambridge University Press, In the image above Image 25where the saklani has conventionally been seen praying to an invisible power, the sticker appears to suddenly provide a physical form to the power. Your comments will have to be approved by admin before appearing on the site.
Like many other saints, Sailani is believed to have spent most babw his life wandering through the forests, and so his relationship with animals is the natural subject of many a folk tale.
After the tiger drank tea, Sailani instructed him to go back to the jungle. The tiger promptly obeyed Sailani. This lifts the saint from his localised presence into a national one, and even exposes him into the global iconography.
Sailani baba with a typical image of Muslim piety- a woman dressed in make up and jewelery, raising her hands in a gesture of supplication. You can leave your comments about this essay in the box below, along with your details. Sailani baba in the company of wild animals in the forest.
Framed poster being sold in a shop near Sailani shrine. Syncretic posters at the Sailani baba shrine in Maharashtra: So, while Sailani is believed to have exercised command over wild animals, notably, his relationship with them is defined by taming them, through compassion and friendship, and not forced control, or combat. This practice was probably popularised because this inventive production makes complete economic sense even for the pilgrims; people of various faiths who come to Sailani shrine can carry back just one souvenir that depicts some of the most revered saints that they worship.
The image fkll Sailani Baba has been superimposed on this popular poster. There are many myths surrounding his relationship with animals, namely one of bringing a cooked fish to life, from its unbroken bones. Sailani baba superimposed on an image of Lord Shiva. Thus, the popularity of this poster demonstrates the bond of the mureeds with their pirs and also serves to consolidate the charisma of the saints.
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An imaginary gathering of four saints. Packing a lot in one image, it makes it difficult for the pilgrims to overlook this imaginatively juxtaposed colloquy of saints. In the case above, a meeting seems plausible but there is no historical record of the same. Visit the Gallery Add Your Comments Read the previous comments You can leave your comments about this essay in the box below, along with your details.
In this rare image, the benevolent figure of Sailani baba sits meditating amongst the symbols which define Shiva. Your comments will have to be approved by admin before appearing on the site.
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Wild beasts, supposed to be an obvious part of his spaces of habitation in the jungle are prominent in oral accounts as well as visual depictions. The image attempts to illustrate that the Saint lives on in his shrine.
Such a composite image, is intended to be greater than the sum of its parts- the painting is clearly meant to stoke the imagination of Hindu pilgrims and encourage them into the Sufi cult of Sailani baba. Apart from wild beasts, the other animal which Sailani is usually portrayed with, is the domesticated camel Image But in the quest to produce cheaper and recognisable posters, the industry co-opts the popular representations, modifies and mass produces it leading to the homogenization of the Muslim religious imagery on a pan-Indian scale.
This depiction with animals incorporates Sailani into a recognised and easily identifiable iconography.
Seattle, Whitaker Press, The sticker is also borrowed from the popular representation of Sailani baba, and is standardized across such posters.