Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thaipusam in Malaysia 2013

Malaysia Thaipusam

Thaipusam 2013 is held on the 27th of January which is on a Sunday and at the Batu Caves in Selangor, Malaysia.

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.

Thaipusam in Malaysia

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 red 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 gods where over one million people will attend this festival which starts early in the morning.

Final Thoughts on Thaipusam in Malaysia

You can also check out my other Thaipusam photos if you are heading there for the next event, which is usually at the beginning of the 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 local Malaysian, I have never witnessed this, therefore, I will be there this Sunday to capture photos and pictures of Thaipusam 2013.

6 comments:

ramli said...

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

ramli @ type n travel.com

David Jr said...

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

inka said...

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...

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

Kristy of Migration Expert said...

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

John said...

Great information thanks for sharing.