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Thaipusam preparations in full swing in Penang and Batu Caves

Monday, 6 February 2017

GEORGE TOWN: The clock is edging closer to the three-day Thaipusam festival this week so preparations are in full gear.

This year is also the first time 2 chariot processions will take place in Penang.

The golden chariot will depart from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Queen Street and arrive at the Sri Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple in Jalan Kebun Bunga.

The silver chariot will start its journey from the Chettiar-owned Kovil Veedu building in Penang Street to their temple in Jalan Kebun Bunga.

The 13-hour procession will also involve devotees bearing elaborate kavadis or carrying the paal kudam (milk pot) over their heads.

 

Thaipusam is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Thai, the 10th month in the Hindu calendar.

On this day, devotees show appreciation to their deity Lord Muruga and do penance.

The colours of Lord Muruga, yellow and orange, dominate the festival.

In Kuala Lumpur, devotees thronged the Batu Caves temple to fulfil their vows yesterday.

Some devotees were seen carrying milk pots for Lord Muruga while others performed rituals that required them to roll over again and again throughout the temple grounds.

Most Hindus were at the temple earlier to avoid the massive crowd this Thaipusam on Thursday.

Source by: Internet

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