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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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