Tomorrow, the serene cave temple will be awaken by the peak traffic of devotees. A pigeon was quenching its thirst on a pool of water dripping from the rock surface. The colourful reflection was the Lord Murugan Temple inside the inner cave chamber.
Over 1.5 million devotees will be streaming from surrounding temples to Batu Caves, in a single day.
The celebration started 12 midnight (26 January 2013) when the silver chariot procession made its way from Sri Maha Maariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur. I saw the long procession at Jalan Kuching just now. It reached Batu Caves by 2pm. The celebration started today and last for 3 days.
It will be so pack on the main day (27 January 2013) that non-devotees are discouraged walked up the 273 steps to the cave temple.
A percentage of the devotees started to fulfil their vow early today to avoid the peak congestion.
I dropped by Batu Caves this morning to see the making of Kavadi. One peacock feather costs around RM1.50 (about USD0.50). An average kavadi may have 1,000+ feathers. So a typical kavadi costs few thousands Ringgit and 1-2 weeks to prepare.
I walked up to the cave and the crowd were increasing by hours.
So I still have the chance to walk around the cave. The crowd will continue to come in non-stop overnight and reach its peak tomorrow morning.
If you like to take photograph or join the festival (for the first time), you can witness the preparation along the riverbank.
Do give priority and respect to the devotees as this is their religious festival. Some may not like to have their picture taken. If you ask or give a gesture, normally you will receive a welcome permission.
There are many ‘salons’ along the roadside giving a clean shave.
This baby only few months old. The family was giving her a warm bath (mixing hot water from vacuum flask).
I am would like to visit the temples along the riverbank tomorrow.