Thaipusam 2013: the ascend (Part 4)
It was my first time walking with the parade to the temple up in Batu Caves.
It has been a week after the main day of Thaipusam, so the crowd was slightly ‘less’.
‘Less crowded’ in this festival still means lots of people.
I walked with Ara and observed how family and relatives were supporting and guiding the way.
Due to the massive traffic jam, we walked in between cars and motorbikes, and reached the temple.
It was always an intense display of devotion to Lord Murugan, and it must be exhausting journey.
Many people would approach the devotees in trance to ask for blessing. This little boy has injured leg, and he was walking along.
The emotion level increase intensity when the group was getting nearer to the staircase. The onlookers were cheering and giving their support to the devotees.
Standing in close proximity to the music band made my heart beating at the same rhythm.
Looking up to Batu Caves, it has different serene feel at night.
I walked up to the 272 steps but I have less weight to carry.
The entire parade gradually made it to of the top of the stairs.
There was another ceremony as the devotees have fulfilled their vows. The priest lit a coconut on fire and smashed the coconut to pieces onto the ground.
I guessed it must be a relief and peaceful after the hardship.
It reminded me on my last trekking trip in Nepal. It was tiring but rewarding.
Special thanks to Ara for the invitation.