I have 2 surprised encounters today at Batu Caves. I met them again after I took some pictures of their preparation to set forth the journey to the cave temple. So I will dedicate the 2 parts posting to their family members and friends.
The preparation started before dawn. The sky was still dark.
At the break of dawn, every members of the family swiftly played their own role and helped each other to get set. This handsome boy had been very tentative and supporting the tall ornament (part of the offerings).
At the break of dawn, 9 or 10 kavadis were spread out on the parking lots.
Each kavadi needed to be fine tuned and adjusted to fit to the bearer.
Due to the heavy weight of the kavadi, it took few adults to hold the kavadi, and some manoeuvre to get inside the metal waist belt.
A good fit ensured safe and more ‘comfortable’ carriage of the kavadi.
After each member have been tested the good fit of the kavadi,
the family priest blessed the kavadi and every member.
I am surprised that some family members actually recalled my name from this website. So I am truly wishing a great Thaipusam celebration for their family members & friends.
I practice meditation and self hypnosis, yet I am still amaze at the speed every devotee get into the hypnotic state. Average was few seconds.
The priest was every experience and knew the right moment to approach the member in trance for the delicate piercing act.
In many cases, I were inside or close to the kavadi. Visitor who are not familiar with trance should not get to close to the kavadi as the sudden movement could be dangerous. Always out of the way to give the priority to the priest and helpers.
Every devotee has individual method of self-induced or assisted trance.
Great appreciation to the family who allowed me to take pictures of their religious ceremony at close proximity.
The waving fist was close enough to my face. I have to watch out the safety of myself and others surround me. As a visitor to this spectacular festival, we should always have gratitude and not causing inconvenience to the host.
If you have seen some of the images I shared during my last year visit to Thaipusam, you could remember this cute boy. He could remember the picture.
This year I tried to focus on documenting the preparation process, so there will be less graphical piercing picture in this post. The Samsung phone was an alternative to inserting mosaics.
Using banana to cover the sharp end of ‘needle’ is an ingenious way to minimize exposure to their opened air. Charcoal powder is often used as disinfectant (some use additional disinfectant creams).
There could be more accurate information provided by other official sites for the religious ceremony. Don’t always believe what I (or the Internet) said, good to do own research and cross checking.
By 8:30am morning, the family and friends were set to start their journey walking on foot to Batu Caves.
A week after Thaipusam, the family will have another religious ceremony to end the festival. I wish everyone who celebrates Thaipusam have more wishes come true.
P/s: it will be great if I could get the name of the family members, Jega, Kanna, Sara etc.