Category Archives: Festival

Thaipusam 2013: Bringing Offerings to the Gods…….

Most devotees, young and old, vow to carry milk (paal) in a container and the milk is used for abhisegam or bathing the deity, if their wish materialised.

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Was it a tight slap……..

Among the devotees in Batu Caves during Thaipusam, there will always be youngsters having fun……… this was one.

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The Lost Roll…… Thaipusam 2012

I didn’t notice that I still got another roll from Thaipusam 2012, until I finally developed a few of the rolls lying around on my computer table yesterday……. or should it be yesternight.

Not sure if I can actually call something lost when in the first place it I don’t remember about it. (note: better make an improved notes on all the rolls I shoot)

Again…. being the lazy me, no digital editing.

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……… I’m off to Krungthep today. Hope to share what I capture there soon……..

Thaipusam 2012, part II

con’t from part I.

The morning has arrived…… the crowd wasn’t getting any smaller…..

Offering milk.

The carrying of the Kavadi is not restricted to adults……. you can see during the festival, young and old, male or female performing their rites.

This guy created a bit of a stir when he was having something alcoholic from the emerald isle…….. I did ask one of my friend, he is not so sure, but it may be permissible……

If you notice, there are a number of people accompanying the person who is doing the rites……. from my observation, it is not easy, I saw some of them struggling, but with the support they continued……

this is not Jack, off to sell the bull at the market……..

I still have a few more photos and 1 undeveloped roll…… maybe there will be a third installment in the future……..

Thaipusam 2012, part I

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”…….

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starting the walk

At night, some of the Kavadis are lighted up……. with power generators attached

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walk with pride

continued to part II……. HERE