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.
Thaipusaam 2013 is coming to the end of the celebration.
Many of us thought that everything has returned to normal at Batu Caves, but there are devotees chose to fulfill their vow days after the main day. The objective is to avoid the peak traffic.
While driving to Batu Caves, I am thinking on what kind of images should I take at the Thaipusam Festival.
I did not go inside the Batu Caves compound today. I am lucky to meet 2 groups of devotees whom I have taken picture on the previously year. So I though I should take the opportunity to record down the entire preparation process.
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.
The preparation started before dawn. The sky was still dark.
Tomorrow, the serene cave temple will be awaken by the peak traffic of devotees. A pigeon was quenching its thirst on a pool of water dripping from the rock surface. The colourful reflection was the Lord Murugan Temple inside the inner cave chamber.
Over 1.5 million devotees will be streaming from surrounding temples to Batu Caves, in a single day.
The celebration started 12 midnight (26 January 2013) when the silver chariot procession made its way from Sri Maha Maariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur. I saw the long procession at Jalan Kuching just now. It reached Batu Caves by 2pm. The celebration started today and last for 3 days.