Wow… I cant believe I have hit my 100th post in 3 months and have over 500 followers. Thanks to all my readers and followers for keeping me going. If it is not for you all, I would not have come this far.
For this post, it will be my final part on the celebration of Thaipusam in Penang. A matter of fact, in Malaysia, Thaipusam is also celebrated in a big scale in Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur aside from Penang.
More pictures from the celebration….
Smashed coconuts on the road by the devotees..
You can also see that it is not only the Indians that come to pray to Lord Murugan but also the Chinese community too.
After smashing the coconuts, the town council people will be ready to quickly clean up the smashed coconuts aside so that the chariots can go through.
This is the silver chariot that is carrying Lord Murugan ….
So, the next time if you are down in Malaysia during these period, do come and join and watch this celebration. You will be marveled by it. =)
Devotees offering to Lord Murugan gifts ranging from just simple offerings of milk and flower garlands. Coconuts seen also given as offerings where later the devotees will smash it on the road before the chariot arrives.
Offering such as flowers, fruits and coconuts offered to Lord Murugan
One of the refreshment stalls set up all the chariot route for the devotees.
Piles of coconuts in the middle of the road. Devotees waiting for the chariot to arrive.
A group of devotee carrying milk garland on their heads.
Devotees waiting patiently for the chariot to arrive.
Today’s the eve of Thaipusam and I was fortunate to witnessed this celebration here in Penang and to see the silver chariot carrying Lord Murugan from the Kovil Veedu(House Temple) on Penang Street, Georgetown to Arulmigu Sri Balathandayuthapani Temple (Hilltop) along Jalan Waterfall.
Here are some of the photos I managed to capture…..
Offerings to Lord Murugan..
Devotees carrying the Kavadi..
.. a relative helping to cool down the devotee carrying the kavadi by wiping his face with a wet towel. Usually during this time of the year.. it is hot and they walk bare foot the whole route on the bitumen road.