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26 Jan 2013

Thaipusam 2013

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.
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ramli said... 29 January 2013 at 03:18

great info! other than batu caves, there's huge procession in penang too every year.

ramli @ type n travel.com

David Jr said... 29 January 2013 at 17:32

Thanks Ramli, I think next year, I will try to experience Penang for Thaipusam 2014.

inka said... 29 January 2013 at 23:40

Finally I manage to get into your page. From Turkey it was impossible, I don't know why. Your stories and pictures are always a treat, David.

David Jr said... 30 January 2013 at 10:22

Hi Inka, that is odd, but thanks anyway. Hope Turkey is treating you good :)

Kristy of Migration Expert said... 1 February 2013 at 09:09

I can see that the devotees have exuded this strong belief with their religion to do that ritual until now.

John said... 2 February 2013 at 03:20

Great information thanks for sharing.

Item Reviewed: Thaipusam 2013 Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: David Jr
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