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|
|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!