Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). The word Thaipusam is derived from the month name Thai and Pusam, which refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival.
In Malaysia, it is celebrated nationwide, and the more famous locations are in Batu Caves, in the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur and next will most probably be Penang,
In Batu Caves, the kavadi and milk bearers will start off from the riverbanks of Sg. Batu outside the temple grounds and make their way to and up the 272 steps to present their offerings to Lord Murugan.
Priests attend to the kavadi bearers after the offerings. Consecrated ash is sprinkled over the hooks and skewers piercing the devotees flesh before they are removed. No blood is shed during the piercing and removal.
capturing the moments with a mobile phone or iPad camera seems to be the “in-thing”…….
starting the walk
At night, some of the Kavadis are lighted up……. with power generators attached
walk with pride
continued to part II……. HERE