24th January 2016
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur.
Thaipusam (Thaipoosam) is a Hindu festival that is held every year during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar. It’s a ceremony that celebrate Lord Muruga who represents virtue, youth, power and the destroyer of evil.
One of the most popular place during the festival in Malaysia is Batu Caves. The Hindu devotee’s will seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. Its a day to celebrate the fulfillment of their vows.
The most dramatic part is when devotees carrying a ‘Kavadi’, attached to their bodies by hooks and steel spikes that penetrate their flesh. They also coat their bodies with holy ash and may insert the metal skewers to their cheeks and tounges.
In the end, devotees will climb a staircase of 272 stone stairs into the limestone of Batu Caves. The ‘Kavadi’ also contain two small pots of milk, which are used to bathe a statue of Lord Subramaniam.
This is Malaysia with a lot of festival from our different culture and people who live in peaceful and harmony. So mark your calender for next year to see with your own eyes the beauty of this festival.