Observed as a day of thanksgiving and paying penance for Lord Murugan, Thaipusam is celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. Me, The Rakyat Post’s photographer travelled to Penang to document the vibrant and colourful celebration through my lenses.
Early in the morning, Hindu devotees, with some of them having pierced parts of their bodies, walked to the Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple along the Waterfall Road.
A huge crowd gathered at the heart of George Town to witness the annual lively religious Thaipusam celebration this year and an estimated 30,000 devotees took part in the procession with some carrying the “kavadi” and “paal kodam” (milk pots).
Collection pictures of Thaipusam Festival 2014 at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur.
Thaipusam Festival which falls in the Tamil month of January and February is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks and Thaipusam is celebrated in honor of Lord Murugan who represents virtue, youth and power to Hindus and is the destroyer of evil.
Photograph by Daniel Chan