Travelogue

Thaipusam 2013 (part 1)

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.

Thaipusam 2013 at Batu Caves (1)

The preparation started before dawn. The sky was still dark.

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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).

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At the break of dawn, 9 or 10 kavadis were spread out on the parking lots.

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Each kavadi needed to be fine tuned and adjusted to fit to the bearer.

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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.

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A good fit ensured safe and more ‘comfortable’ carriage of the kavadi.

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After each member have been tested the good fit of the kavadi,

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the family priest blessed the kavadi and every member.

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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.

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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.

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The priest was every experience and knew the right moment to approach the member in trance for the delicate piercing act.

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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.

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Every devotee has individual method of self-induced or assisted trance.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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By 8:30am morning, the family and friends were set to start their journey walking on foot to Batu Caves.

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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.

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11 responses

  1. Ara

    yet again u did it bro..a super pictures of us indeed..il inform the rest on the latest pictures and make sure they give out their names..do feel free to drop by on the 2nd of feb (saturday) at 6pm onwards at batu caves old river (below the fly over)..tc bro..

    God bless u 🙂

    January 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    • Hi Ara,
      Thanks for the compliment and invitation. I should be able to make it on 2 Feb. Let me send you more unpublished pictures to your email later.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  2. kanna

    Hi Tenny,
    it’s been a great pleasure to see our pictures with full devotional at your Blog. Glad that i had abit chit chat wit you before the whole event started. It was a great pleasure to meet-up wit you again in Thaipusam’13 as usual nice picture shot and hope you been blessed too. Happy New Year. Cheers. “Saranam”

    January 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

  3. Ara

    thanks bro..will be waiting for those unpublished picture to be shared among us..

    January 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

  4. vani

    thanks bro…nice picture shots.really appreciate it..see you on 2nd feb at 6pm at old river..tq again..have a great day 🙂

    January 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  5. Kanesh raja

    thanks bro very much for the nice shots really appreciate it,, waiting for unpublished picture to be shared among us. tq again see u on 2nd feb, 🙂

    January 31, 2013 at 4:52 am

  6. jagen

    Thank You very much brother. All the shots taken by you are realy absolutely. We c you on 2014 Thaipusam again. Once again thank you for great shots

    January 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

  7. Dear all,
    I have shared out pictures for 2012 and 2013 in Dropbox folder. Feel free to download those unpublished photos. You can invite others by adding in their email to access the Dropbox folder. Cheers – Tennyson

    February 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  8. Ara

    thnx bro..got ur pictures..a slight changes on our schedule for 2mrw..we will b starting around 5pm as they will be many people whose taking milk pot 2mrw..hope u cud make it..

    February 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    • Hi Ara,

      Noted. I should be able to make it tomorrow. See you.

      February 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  9. j

    thank you bro. i met you bt cave at 27.1.2013. i like your photos.i like to met you next year also…………if you can share unpublished pictures with us. TQ

    February 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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