[PHOTOS] Thaipusam 2015: 19 Highlights Of Inspiring Moments And Dedicated Devotees
This year's Thaipusam that was held on 3 February was filled with public processions, devotees carrying kavadis, vel skewers piercing their bodies and more. Here are some of the highlights from the celebrations.
1. More than a million devotees and tourists made way their way to the shrine in the Batu Caves temple to pay their offerings to Lord Murugan
2. The Lord Murugan statue at Batu Caves looked just as grandiose during nightfall...
3. ...as it did during the sunny, bright days
4. Photojournalist, Kiran Kreer was also at the festivity and captured these stunningly moving acts of devotion by these two men
5. As well as shared with us the intimate moments that took place before that
6. A 64-year-old Australian, Carl Vadivella Belle won over the locals' hearts with his dedication when he joined the Hindu celebration
7. The Thaipusam celebration also saw fellow Penangites taking part in the traditional Hindu rituals, proving that race and religion is no barrier in true 1Malaysia spirit!
8. The smashing of coconuts as a symbol of breaking of one’s ego, the coconut water defining purity and cleansing of the soul
9. Devotees were seen carrying pots of milk, one of the various types of kavadi (burdens)
10. While other kavadi carriers have hooks placed on their skin with different variation of fruits attached
11. Adults and children alike shaved their head on this day to show their gratitude and devotion to Lord Murugan
12. Which resulted in these oddly satisfying photos of the aftermath at the shaving booth
13. Many devotees have their cheeks pierced through...
14. ...whereas some have some multiple mortification of the flesh at one time
15. Vibrant and beautifully decorated kavadis were also present at the festivity
16. The sight of devotees being covered in piercings is not uncommon on this day
17. We're equally impressed yet amazed by these men's piercings on their backs
18. This man proving that his disability is anything but a hindrance to his devotion deserves an honorary mention!
19. Also, how can we forget Najib and Rosmah who were at Batu Caves, joining the Thaipusam celebrations? How cute!
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the day of the full moon, typically on the month of January or February
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrating Lord Murgan, the Tamil god of war. Contrary to widespread belief, Thaipusam is not meant to be Lord Murgan's birthday, but rather a day to celebrate his gift of a spear from Parvati.about.com
The exact date of this important Hindu event is based on the full moon day in the month of Thai (January/February) in the Hindu calendar. The celebrations take place on a grand scale at the Batu Caves (Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple) just outside of Kuala Lumpur. Besides the Batu Caves; Hindus also gather at the Balathandayuthapani Temple or Waterfall Hill Temple in Penang, the Sri Subramaniya Swamy Temple in Sungai Petani (Kedah), and the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Ipoh (Perak).wonderfulmalaysia.com