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Thaipusam Photosafari from 1st to 4th February 2015
February 1, 2015 - February 4, 2015
Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur is one of the largest Hindu celebrations in this part of the world. Every year more than 1 million participants and observers converge to Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur to witness the celebrations of the Tamil month of Thai. This celebration is listed in Lonely Planet’s must see Festivals of the World.
Origins of Thaipusam
Lord Murugan was created during one of the battles between the Asuras and the Devas. At one point, the latter were defeated several times by the former. The Devas were unable to resist the onslaught of the Asura forces. In despair, they approached Shiva and entreated to give them an able leader under whose heroic leadership they might obtain victory over the Asuras. They surrendered themselves completely and prayed to Shiva. Shiva granted their request by creating the mighty warrior, Lord Murugan, out of his own power or Achintya Shakti. He at once assumed leadership of the celestial forces, inspired them and defeated the Asura forces and to recognise that day the people created the festival, Thaipusam
Embedded into the heart of the action
PhotoSafari takes you to the heart of the action. We will link you with Hindu families celebrating this festival. You will be embedded as their family’s photographer. You get to understand what this mystical and complex festival is all about from the perspective of the participants. How the pre-festival preparations these participants have to undergo?
You will have a chance to follow the participants as they go through the bathing, robing and prayer rituals. A priest will offer prayers to help participants to go into a trance to assume the personality of their chosen deity. See how they pierce their bodies with fishing hooks and spears. Follow the kavadi procession as they make their way up the 272 steps to the Lord Murugan Temple in Batu Caves where the final offering is made.
We will also take you on a tour to a factory where the kavadis are construction. Some of these kavadis can weigh as much as 80kg.
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