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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010

During Thaipusam Eve on 29th Jan 2010, I stepped foot on Batu Caves where millions of devotees flock to this place to celebrate Thaipusam in KL. I have no regrets for making a trip there except for not finding out the location of the devotees having bath and getting their heads shaved beforehand. So, I only climbed up the 272 steps to the temple.

Guarding in front of Batu Caves, this large golden statue is Lord Murugan who is the son of god Shiva and his wife Parvati. His mom gave him a spear to vanquish the evil demon called Soorapadman.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

It was raining in the evening but it did not stop the hardcore devotees from moving on.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

This woman with a skewer piercing through her tongue was walking towards the stairs under the rain with the support from her friend by her side.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

Carrying a milk pot on top of their heads, the devotees had to climb up the 272 steps to do the worshiping. It could be a huge challenge to the elderly or fat guys. I had seen some people panting and resting on the stairway. Some of them were chanting during the climb. Afterall, it's will power that matters.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

This woman was staggering and spinning all the way in trance state. At a moment, she was about to pass out. The kind-hearted folks gave her water and the priest smeared the holy powder across her forehead. She was then calm and zen.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

Another kavadi. Sometimes I wonder would there be holes on his cheeks after he removed the spear.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

Trance
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

Kavadi. The devotee bearing a heavy-weight chariot made a few trance dance steps. After that, he sat down on a chair and his friends helped him to remove a few hooks at his back and the process continued.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

This guy was rolling all the way. Red marks on his body could clearly be seen. His supportive family was constantly pouring oil or water onto his body.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

Yea, I like this portrait the most. His mother was generous enough to let me take a photo of her boy.
Malaysia: Thaipusam 2010 @ Song About Jen

More photo can be viewed from slides below.




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4 Comments:

Blogger flyingfish11 said...

gosh.. u're really brave la...
go so near take these photos.

2/07/2010 08:15:00 PM  
Blogger YeeJen said...

Don't fret! Some shots are zoomed or cropped =P

2/24/2010 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous lechua said...

i'd really like to go for thaipusm next year... think it's the most interesting & colourful cultural event in kl... but yea some of the activities look rather daunting...

6/09/2010 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger YeeJen said...

many photogs make a trip to batu cave for thaipusam shots every year. a great festival to practice photography skill ;)

6/11/2010 08:54:00 PM  

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