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Photo Essay – Thaipusam in Batu Caves

It was a hot Sunday morning. I parked my car at Bandar Tasik Selatan station and got into the Komuter train to Batu Caves. Today is Thaipusam day, the day Hindus commemorate the event Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. (Well, I googled that, read the full article here)

During this day, the devotees will undertake pilgrimage along the set route, bring with them offering to the Lord Murugan (usually milk) shave their head, pierce their body, or carrying kavadi as the act of devotion.

Actually, the celebration starts the night before where they started the pilgrimage from Jalan Tun H.S Lee in KL, walking all night to this temple. Once arrived, they have to climb 272 steps to reach Murugan. Long journey but I guess its worth it.

I managed to take few photos during the event, so here it is. Enjoy.

It was a hot morning, the sky was clear and the birds look happy too

The devotees (usually in yellow shirt/dresses/saris) carrying milk on their head as the offering to the Lord

 

The red powder, make it more dramatic (yes and also the spear)

 

Oranges and bananas at the burning pot

 

Carrying milk on their head

 

The auntie selling flower garland for the event

 

A devotee

 

One of the big kavadi’s decoration

 

This kavadi is big and heavy

 

One of the kavadi carrier, he is almost fainted…

 

The rings is pierced all over his body. The yellow pillow serve as shoulder pad

 

Silver pot with yellow fabric as the lid

 

Some even walk with the knees and hands

 

Little pots pierced on his back. There’s other devotees put oranges, apples, limes and also bells

 

Lime pierced and milk held

 

One young devotee

 

Its getting hotter and hotter, but they persist

 

He looks like in a trance

 

There’s always 2 or 3 assistants for every kavadi carrier so they can make sure they are all well

 

He sits for a while because it was so crowded to reach the temple upstairs..and the queue is looooong

 

Decorated hand and face..and he looks fierce too

 

So many people and it gets crowded and the big kavadi make it worse

 

There is also musician along the ways to cheer up the devotees and motivates them to keep on going

 

I have no idea what is inside the yellow bag…but they sell those

 

Even in this crowded place, with sizzling hot weather, this man found his space to pray and looks like he lost in his own world

 

Girls in yellow

 

At the other side, there’s henna painting business too

 

And there are stalls selling Indian food

 

On the way back to KTM komuter, I snap the last photo for the day. This is Lord Hanuman (aka Monkey God)

Although its so hot, I’m happy enough because I made it. Been planning to go to this place during Thaipusam for few years. Next time, I’d like to witness their journey from KL to Batu Caves, on the night before Thaipusam.

Until next post, have a great day!

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