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.
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.
The following post contain images that could be disturbing to some.
Do not continue if you could not take it.
When the devotees were in trance, they displayed different character following the ‘deity’ that they represented. Some drank beer, some smoked cigar, some ate fruit etc.
This was my second year visiting Batu Caves for the incredible Thaipusam festival. Most of the Internet resources and images would be covering the color event and procession. I thought of adding a post dedicated to the hands involved in this festival.