Thaipusam, Hindu Festival In Malaysia

There are a good number of Hindus in Malaysia, of them a good number are from Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India. Most of them are practicing Hinduism. They celebrate Hindu festivals in the same way in which it is celebrated in India. Thaipusam is one such festival. It is celebrated during Thai month in lunar calendar that is in January – February.

Lord Subramanian (Murugan) is worshipped during this festival. Devotees make elaborate preparations, offerings and prayers. Milk, water, fruits and floral tributes are carried in pails, hung from a yoke and carried on shoulders till the temples. The wooden structure or frame in which this is carried is called “Kavadi”. The frame is covered with yellow cloth and decorated with peacock feathers. Peacock is considered the vehicle of Lord Murugan. One unique fact is that offerings of fruits and flowers are of yellow and orange colors. Most devotees too adorn dresses of the same color.

Thaipusam, Hindu Festival In Malaysia

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Celebrations of Thaipusam, Hindu Festival In Malaysia

Thaipusam, Hindu Festival In Malaysia in Malaysia lasts for three days. On the first day a chariot carrying idol of Lord Murugan is taken out in procession from Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Chinatown out to Batu Caves. Pilgrims and devotees follow this chariot in an entranced manner. After two days of festivities the idol is brought back to the temple. As tourists you too can witness this festival, move with the procession and receive prasad – religious offering to God.

During Thaipusam, buses run between the city and Batu Caves around the clock in frequent intervals. The bus starts at the stand near the Pasar Seni LRT station (around the back of the Sri Mahamariamman Temple) and costs RM2. Look for a paper sign in the front window that says “Batu Caves” or “Thaipusam”.


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