Thaipusam 2013: the ascend (Part 4)

It was my first time walking with the parade to the temple up in Batu Caves.

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It has been a week after the main day of Thaipusam, so the crowd was slightly ‘less’.

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‘Less crowded’ in this festival still means lots of people.

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I walked with Ara and observed how family and relatives were supporting and guiding the way.

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Due to the massive traffic jam, we walked in between cars and motorbikes, and reached the temple.

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It was always an intense display of devotion to Lord Murugan, and it must be exhausting journey.

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Many people would approach the devotees in trance to ask for blessing. This little boy has injured leg, and he was walking along.

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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.

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Standing in close proximity to the music band made my heart beating at the same rhythm.

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Looking up to Batu Caves, it has different serene feel at night.

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I walked up to the 272 steps but I have less weight to carry.

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The entire parade gradually made it to of the top of the stairs.

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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.

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I guessed it must be a relief and peaceful after the hardship.

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It reminded me on my last trekking trip in Nepal. It was tiring but rewarding.

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Special thanks to Ara for the invitation.

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5 thoughts on “Thaipusam 2013: the ascend (Part 4)

  1. ara says:

    hahahaxx..dont take me bro..thank God for giving u the talent of taking beautiful pictures..u really made it special..n im sure all d 33 million demiGods (our believes) blessings was with u too..advance new year wishes update u more on upcoming events..tq n tc 🙂

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