The Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves
On 3 Feb 2015, The Malaysian Tamil community celebrated the Hindus festival of Thaipusam. This festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel ” spear’ so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. Every year Batu Caves will be filled with thousands of devotees, curious tourists and a whole lot of photographers.The atmosphere is one of sights and sounds. Colourful kawadi carry by devotees accompanied by furious beating of the drummer group. together with devotees carrying milk pot over their head amidst the cry of ‘Vel vel’ as they made their way up the 272 steps to the top od Batu Caves where they pay offerings to Lord Murugan.
The ritual of cleansing, bathing in the river and also showering to cleanse oneself is part of the preparation.
]Prayers and blessing fromm the holyman before they pierce or carry the heavy kavadi
Lord Murugan standing tall in front of Batu Caves
The procession up the 272 steps
Photo taken with Nikon D750.