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Thaipusam 2013



Thaipusam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம்) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the
Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is also referred to as Thaipooyam or Thaippooyam in the Malayalam language.
The site of this festival is at Sri Mahamarriamman temple at Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur. This event often attracts over one
million devotees and tens of thousands of tourists.

Preceding this event at Batu Caves, a silver chariot bearing Lord Muruga departs from the Sri Mahamariamman Temple
in Jalan Bandar in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The procession takes the chariot through the streets of Kuala Lumpur
for 15 kilometers to the caves, currently a 16-hour journey culminating in a flight of 272 steps to the top.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Procession of the silver chariot through the streets of KL
Procession of the silver chariot through the streets of KL
Devotees carry milk pots walk to Batu Caves
Devotees carry milk pots walk to Batu Caves
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Walking on the streets of KL
Walking on the streets of KL
The silver chariot
The silver chariot
In the heart of KL
In the heart of KL
Devotees seek blessings
Devotees seek blessings
Devotees line the streets waiting for the procession
Devotees line the streets waiting for the procession
Sri Thandayuthapani Temple (Chettiar Temple) along Ipoh Road in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
Sri Thandayuthapani Temple (Chettiar Temple) along Ipoh Road in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
Firecrackers on the road greets Lord Muruga chariot
Firecrackers on the road greets Lord Muruga chariot
The Silver chariot bearing Lord Muruga arrives at the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple
The Silver chariot bearing Lord Muruga arrives at the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple
Kids showing traditional pastimes games
Kids showing traditional pastimes games
Devotee with milk pot on the head in the procession
Devotee with milk pot on the head in the procession
Devotees walking alongside the chariot bearing Lord Muruga
Devotees walking alongside the chariot bearing Lord Muruga
The procession to Batu Caves
The procession to Batu Caves
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur on the morning of Thaipusam
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur on the morning of Thaipusam
Traffic on the road outside the temple
Traffic on the road outside the temple
Heavy traffic so early in the morning
Heavy traffic so early in the morning
Urumi Melam percussion band
Urumi Melam percussion band
Performing rituals in preparation for the walk up Batu Caves
Performing rituals in preparation for the walk up Batu Caves
Performing rituals in preparation for the walk up Batu Caves
Performing rituals in preparation for the walk up Batu Caves
Hooks and chain hanging from the back
Hooks and chain hanging from the back
Toddler getting his head shaven
Toddler getting his head shaven
Hooks on the back
Hooks on the back
A devotee reacts while in a trance
A devotee reacts while in a trance
Morning prayers
Morning prayers
Family prays by the riverside at dawn
Family prays by the riverside at dawn
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Family prayers
Piercing the back with hooks with lime tethered to them
Piercing the back with hooks with lime tethered to them
Devotees carry milk pots on the head
Devotees carry milk pots on the head
Fulfilling vows
Fulfilling vows
Devotees in a trance
Devotees in a trance
In a trance
In a trance
Flower petals shower along the way
Flower petals shower along the way
Cleansing ceremony : a delightful shower by the river
Cleansing ceremony : a delightful shower by the river
Save in the hands of dad
Save in the hands of dad
Pal Kodum or Milk Pot carriers
Pal Kodum or Milk Pot carriers
Rituals along the way
Rituals along the way
Devotees with milk pots on the head walks to the cave temple
Devotees with milk pots on the head walks to the cave temple
Milk pot procession
Milk pot procession
Priest takes a rest break
Priest takes a rest break
Prayers and blessings for the family
Prayers and blessings for the family
Cleansing ceremony on the river bank
Cleansing ceremony on the river bank
The urumi melam drums band accompany devotees on their walk
The urumi melam drums band accompany devotees on their walk
The urumi melam drums band accompany devotees on their walk
The urumi melam drums band accompany devotees on their walk
The urumi melam drums band accompany devotees on their walk
The urumi melam drums band accompany devotees on their walk
Devotees carry milk pot on their heads walk to the temple
Devotees carry milk pot on their heads walk to the temple
A devotee with cheeks pierced carry a milk pot in the procession
A devotee with cheeks pierced carry a milk pot in the procession
Devotees walking towards the temple from the riverside after the cleansing ceremony
Devotees walking towards the temple from the riverside after the cleansing ceremony
Devotee walks elegantly towards the Batu Caves temple
Devotee walks elegantly towards the Batu Caves temple
Carry the kavadi to the temple up the steps
Carry the kavadi to the temple up the steps
The old man swagger
The old man swagger
Milk pot and kavadi carriers
Milk pot and kavadi carriers
Carry the milk pot with cheeks skewered
Carry the milk pot with cheeks skewered
Pal Kodum or Milk Pot carrier
Pal Kodum or Milk Pot carrier
Man carries Pal Kodum or milk pot
Man carries Pal Kodum or milk pot
Pot of flames in hand
Pot of flames in hand
Hoisted in the air
Hoisted in the air
Milk pot carrier
Milk pot carrier
Priest at the cleansing and initiation river bank site
Priest at the cleansing and initiation river bank site
Silent prayers
Silent prayers
Blessing for the family
Blessing for the family
Beginning the cleansing ritual
Beginning the cleansing ritual
Prayers and blessings of the milk pots
Prayers and blessings of the milk pots
Kavadi carriers walking to the temple
Kavadi carriers walking to the temple
Young boy with heavy task
Young boy with heavy task
Devotees make their way to Batu Caves
Devotees make their way to Batu Caves
Dragging along on ropes tethered to hooks on the back
Dragging along on ropes tethered to hooks on the back
Hooks on the back
Hooks on the back
Hooks on the back
Hooks on the back
A family taking out different roles
A family taking out different roles
Urumi melam drummers accompany the devotees
Urumi melam drummers accompany the devotees
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
Kavadi carriers walking to Batu Caves
Kavadi carriers walking to Batu Caves
Kavadi carriers
Kavadi carriers
Hooking the back ceremony
Hooking the back ceremony
Hooking the back ceremony
Hooking the back ceremony
LED lights on kavadis at night
LED lights on kavadis at night
Kavadi with multiple skewers
Kavadi with multiple skewers
Drummer boys lead the kavadi carrier
Drummer boys lead the kavadi carrier
Confettis aloft along the way
Confettis aloft along the way
Swing, sway and spin the kavadi
Swing, sway and spin the kavadi
Kavadi carrier
Kavadi carrier
Devotee pulling a cart by hooks on his back
Devotee pulling a cart by hooks on his back
Firecrackers and fireworks add to the excitement
Firecrackers and fireworks add to the excitement
Fireworks lit the night skies
Fireworks lit the night skies
Fireworks and swaying kavadis on the way to the temple
Fireworks and swaying kavadis on the way to the temple
reaching the temple entance
reaching the temple entance
A welcome sign.  A giant statue of Lord Muruga and the steps up the cave temple can be seen in the background
A welcome sign. A giant statue of Lord Muruga and the steps up the cave temple can be seen in the background
Lord Muruga watches over. Kavadi carriers can be seen climbing up the steps to the cave temple
Lord Muruga watches over. Kavadi carriers can be seen climbing up the steps to the cave temple