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Festivals of Malaysia ~ Thaipusam




Hindus celebrate Thaipusam on the tenth month of their calendar.

It coincides with the full moon at the end of January and beginning of February  'Thai' is the Hindu month which falls between January 15 to February 15 and 'Pusam' refers to a star which is at its brightest

during the period of this festival.


 Celebrated in all parts of the world where there is a concentration of South Indians, the manifestation of the festival is best witnessed at Batu Caves and Penang.

Goddess Parvati

Thaipusam celebrates the day Goddess Parvati bestowed upon her son the “vel” or lance

to vanquish the evil demon, Soorapadam.

This lance denotes spiritual insight, ability to differentiate right from wrong, righteousness

and steadfastness. However, for many Hindus, Thaipusam has come to mean the birthday of Lord Subramaniam, also known as lord Muruga, the younger son of Lord Shiva.

Leading up to the event, Hindus prepare themselves by fasting, praying and observing austerities. 

In K. Lumpur, it culminates in a three-day festival which begins from Sri Mahamariaman Temple at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee in Chinatown and ends at Batu Caves. On the eve of the celebration, Lord Muruga’s image is decorated with diamonds, rubies and other jewels.

The Idols together with those of his two consorts Valli and

Deivayani represent the spiritual and worldly energies (shakti), is placed on a bed of flowers with burning incense on the sides. In the wee hours of the morning, the five-tonne chariot is pulled by two bulls and hundred of devotees on its 15 km journey from Chinatown to Batu Caves. The procession weaves through major streets of

the city and takes about 8 hours to reach its destination. A prayer ceremony is held at the foot of the caves and the flag of Lord

Muruga is hoisted to announce the commencement

of the celebrations.

Devotees carry offerings and climb the 272 steps to the main cave to seek forgiveness for past deeds or to thank Lord Muruga for wishes granted. Some devotees carry the Kavadi, a wooden arch with two pots of or honey at its end, decorated with peacock feathers. However bearing a simple pot of milk up to the shrine is all that is required. 

Baty Caves - Main Cave


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