Thaipusam 2013 Malaysia

Thaipusam 2013 is on the 27th January which is on a Sunday. This is actually a Hindu festival which is celebrated by the Tamil community in Malaysia on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (which is usually late January or early February). For those who do not know, the word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. It is said that the particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a 'Vel Spear' so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

Below are Thaipusam 2013 photos taken on the morning of the festival held at Batu Caves, Malaysia. If you have never been witnessed this, I highly recommend you do so the next time as it is one of the most amazing festivals in the world to see.

 Devotees coming from the river after praying

 An Indian lady gets her head shaved outside the Batu Caves for Thaipusam

 Families carrying milk urns at Batu Caves
 Indian dancers during the Thaipusam 2013 procession at Batu Caves

A devotee in a trance held back by ropes

 Another devotee in a trance performing his vow

 A devotee covered in paint who was also in a trance

Hooks on to the back of a Thaipusam devotee

In Malaysia, Thaipusam is the largest Hindu Festival where devotees come and worship Lord Murugan celebrations, vows and thanksgiving are offered the the gods where over one million people will attend this festival which starts early in the morning. You can also check out Thaipusam 2015 if you are heading there this year.

If you are visiting Malaysia at the end of February or early January, make sure you head over to Batu Caves to witness this incredible festival of people, religion, colors and culture. As a native, I have never witness this therefore I will be there this Sunday to capture photos and pictures of Thaipusam 2013.