Travelogue

Thaipusam 2014 @ Batu Caves

Christmas just passed and we have celebrated New Year. Malaysia is ranked world #2 for having the most holidays. We have holiday to celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday on 14th and today we have Thaipusam (17th January).

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I made a short visit to Batu Caves this morning, and see if the crowd has increased. Batu Caves is crowded as usual.

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i was  wondering what to explore. Perhaps starting with the knife.

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For some devotees to stand on the sharp knife edge.

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Watching the roadside barber stall doing clean shave for the devotees.

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Going for a shower,

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Or dip straight into the river,

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Then it is time to perform the prayer.

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Milk pots are filled,

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Getting the hooks ready on sugar cane …

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or finding your own spoke on the banana.

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It was fantastic to meet up with our Hindu family again (this is the third year I met the great family).

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I am grateful for their permission to shoot a close proximity.

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Feel free to contact me to download other photos.

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After the piercing and prayer, devotees were all set and marching up 272 stairs to the temple. Of course, the first huddle to walk a distance and queue for the rights of way.

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We are blessed with most Malaysians who tolerate multi racial and multi religion society.

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Malaysia is one of very few places on earth where you can find Muslim masjid, Hindu and Chinese temples on the same street.

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I am really proud of the way Thaipusam is celebrated in Malaysia. It is really unique celebration that Malaysian are proud to share with the world.

I saw the following message outside the temple (there are many Hindu temples at Batu Caves), about Geetha Upadesha (or Gita Updesh):

Whatever happened was good. Whatever is happening is also good. Whatever will happen that also will be good.

What did you lose that you are crying for? What did you bring which have you lost? What did you created that is destroyed?

Whatever you have taken is taken only from here. Whatever you have given, is given only from here.

Whatever is yours today, will belong to someone else tomorrow,. On another day, it will belong to yet another.

This inevitable change is the law of the universe and the objective of my creation.” – Bhagavan Sri Krishna

Happy Thaipusam to our Hindu friends.

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4 responses

  1. Malini.L. Menon

    Dear author,
    First and foremost, I’m very much impressed with your captures and the captions on it. I’m not sure whether are you a local tourist or foreign tourist but I’m certainly very proud and happy to see your enthusiasm to be apart of our Hindu devotees on this beautiful day. I, myself is a devotee of the great Lord Krishna who’s also an avatar of the Lord Vishnu himself. My heart was totally filled with joy and very much proud to see someone from other race perhaps from other nation is narrating part of the holy extract of Bhagavad Geetha which known Geetha Upadesh . Once again, I’m very much impressed with your work and May the Lord Murugan who were shining in shrine today at the holy Batu Caves bless you for your enthusiasm that you have shown and the effort that you have carried out to produce such an impressive blog.

    Regards,
    Malini.Lakshmi.Menon

    January 18, 2014 at 1:12 am

    • Dear Malini,
      Thank you for your encouragement. I am a Malaysian and doing my part sharing info and images to the web community. Wishing you Happy Thaipusam.
      Cheers,
      Tennyson

      January 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

  2. kanna

    Hi Tennyson Lee,

    Its been a great pleasure, on meeting you again at thaipusam’14 as usual great pictures shots. See you again Next year same time same location and the same event.

    Thanks Tennyson.

    Happy Thaipusam’14

    cheers
    kanna

    January 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • Hi Kanna,
      Thank you for your hospitality. I will be visit your family again next year as long as I am in town. Feel free to email to Tennyson_lee@hotmail.com. I can send you the link to download those unpublished pictures for your family and friends.

      warmest regards,
      Tennyson

      January 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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