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).
I made a short visit to Batu Caves this morning, and see if the crowd has increased. Batu Caves is crowded as usual.
i was wondering what to explore. Perhaps starting with the knife.
For some devotees to stand on the sharp knife edge.
Watching the roadside barber stall doing clean shave for the devotees.
Going for a shower,
Or dip straight into the river,
Then it is time to perform the prayer.
Milk pots are filled,
Getting the hooks ready on sugar cane …
or finding your own spoke on the banana.
It was fantastic to meet up with our Hindu family again (this is the third year I met the great family).
I am grateful for their permission to shoot a close proximity.
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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.
We are blessed with most Malaysians who tolerate multi racial and multi religion society.
Malaysia is one of very few places on earth where you can find Muslim masjid, Hindu and Chinese temples on the same street.
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.